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Romania

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Theres no doubt about it, the Danube delta is one of the best place in Europe for birds yet still most British birdwatchers haven't been there - so begins Dave Gosney in his booklet about birding in Romania. Indeed, the Danube delta along with the lagoon system and plains south of it, host massive numbers of bird species and individuals that make this region a birding Eldorado for the visitors.

The 580,000 hectares of the Danube Delta Biospheres Reserve includes the largest reed surface in the world, interrupted by lakes and channels, where thousands of pelicans, herons, ibis, ducks, warblers and other birds breed. Birds like White-Tailed Eagle, Paddyfield Warbler, Pied Wheatear and Dalmatian Pelican are certain to be of interest to list keepers, but the main attraction here is the great show of nature, with huge wild areas reachable only by rowing boat, and everything seen at close range.

South of the delta Histria is a reserve where, stopping the car anywhere on a road near a lake, you can see thousands of water birds including 60 species of waders, terns, ducks, gulls, geese, cormorants, pelicans, herons, and egrets. And in the reeds a few meters from the road, Paddyfield Warblers and Bearded tits. In the steppes just one kilometre away, you can easily see Calandra Larks.

In recent years things have changed, the wetlands of Histria often dry out most of the year. The area has water only in early spring when it is abundant in waterbirds, including a good number of waders. However, some years, by the end of May the area is already dry and birds dispersed.

The mountains are even less well known to birders and we heartily recommend a visit to Piatra Craiului and Retezat mountains, or to the large Bicaz Gorges, and again not just for easy ticking of Wallcreeper and other alpine species, but also for the large areas that are still wild and untouched by human influence, they can offer spectacular birding.

In Romania, birding is a new and developing hobby. The Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) - BirdLife Romania only has about 5000 members.

Contributor

Florin Feneru

Bacau ROMANIA

flfeneru@yahoo.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 396

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Useful Reading

Romania - A Birdwatching and Wildlife Guide

James Roberts 330 pages, col photos, maps. Burton Expeditions Distributed by NHBS 2000

ISBN: 0951351621

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Bird Observations in the Danube Delta and in the Dobrodgea (Romania)

S Brehme, T M?ller and J Redlich Series: WIWO REPORT SERIES 43 49 pages, 9 b/w photos, maps, figs. Foundation Working Group International Wader 1992 ISBN: 24526 Out of Print

Guides & Tour Operators

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Finesse Travel & Explore

Tour Operator

The day-to-day itinerary should be considered a guide only, as to some extent we will plan our program as we go along, to allow for greater flexibility. The propram tends to be determined by prevailing local condition (e.g. weather, water depth in channels). The delta is incredebly rich in breeding birds. The Danube Delta comprises a vast complex of reed beds, willow forest, and wetland, crossed by an intricate network of channels. We shall explore as wide a variety as possible of these habitas, both on foot and using a combination of the Flotel and a small motor boat…

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Probirder

Tour Operator

Gerard Gorman is available to guide you in Romania…

Wild Danube Company

Tour Operator

Birds are created the delta fame, notorious, even from the beginning of the century as a bird paradise. The renown is due to the 327 species we can meet in the delta and which represent 81% of Romanian bird fauna…

Wings

Tour Operator

The remote province of Bucovina in the north of Moldavia is a land in a time-warp. Far from the rush of the late twenty-first century, White Storks follow black clad nuns as they scythe hay, while Black Redstarts sing from nearby monastery roof-tops…

Sunbirds

Tour Operator

The remote province of Bucovina in the north of Moldavia is a land in a time-warp. Far from the rush of the late twenty-first century, White Storks follow black clad nuns as they scythe hay, while Black Redstarts sing from nearby monastery roof-tops…

Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays

Tour Operator

If you are looking for a quality natural history holiday, this is a great place to start. The Honeyguide programme offers a mix of the very best of wildlife in fascinating parts of Europe..

Sakertour

Tour Operator

Established in 1994 by Prof. J. Oláh and field ornithologists. Specialising in bird tours in The Carpathians, covering Hungary, Slovakia and Transylvania…

Hobby Tours

Tour Operator

Our trip is designed to offer you as much as possible from its wonders at a reasonable price. You will be guided by experienced field ornithologist leaders with strong conservation ethics and background, all fluent in English. Discover more than 150 bird species including: White & Dalmatian Pelicans, Pigmy Cormorant, White-tailed Eagle, Squacco Heron, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard and Roller. You do not have to be an expert in birds, our guides will help you locating and identifying species…

Chettusia Birdwatching Tours

Tour Operator

Chettusia Tours is a small private tourism company established in 2001 by two PASSIONATES, Baciu Mihai and Sorin Cismaru, of nature that afther a long work experience at Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority, have decided to demonstrate their own capabilities and acknowledges got both in Romania and abroad…

Absolute Carpathian

Tour Operator

Absolute Carpathian is your local tour operator for wildlife watching tours in Transylvania, Romania. Mountain birding: Ural owl, Alpine Accentor, Sombre Tit, Wallcreepers, Alpine swifts, Eagle owl, Golden eagles, woodpeckers, Tawny Owls, buzzards and other birds of prey…

Ecotours

Tour Operator

Romania should be high on the list of destinations for every birdwatcher. The Danube Delta is for those who enjoy spectacular birdwatching: huge flocks of pelicans, waders, cormorants, the reedbeds full of warblers, lakes and marshes full of herons, egrets and ibises. Woodpeckers, Hoopoe, Roller, Bee-eater and Golden Oriole are plentiful…

Green Eye Ecotours

Tour Operator

Today we provide outdoor-oriented tours, adventures, expeditions…

Ibis Tours

Tour Operator

If you want to visit Romania and you are on a budget you came to the wright place so look no further just let us know the kind of wildlife holiday or tour you want and we will try to tailor it according to your budget…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2008 [12 December] - Alexandru Dorosencu

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…The impressive numbers of Black-necked Grebes in winter plumage, spread all over the lake in small parties, were a highlight and gave us great close views. We continued our drive along the lake to its end. Lake Techirghiol, with its saltish waters, is the well-known wintering site for the rare White-headed Duck…

2010 [06 June] - Thea Cockcroft & Jean Walker

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…with white and Dalmatian pelicans thermalling, lesser spotted eagle, long-legged buzzard, common buzzard, hobbies and bee-eaters all above and below…

2009 [06 June] - Honeyguide - Danube Delta & Carpathians

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2008 [06 June] - Honeyguide - Danube Delta & Carpathians

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2011 [02 February] - Branta Tours

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The Geese were spectacular and are becoming increasingly rare with a world population estimate of just 20,000, down very significantly on previous years and they all winter in the Coastal Dobrudja of Bulgaria and Romania…

2011 [06 June] - Honeyguide - Danube Delta & Carpathians

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…the warden filled various containers with food and then covered it over to give the bears a bit of a challenge. We were eventually rewarded with the sight of up to nine animals including two-year-old triplets (quite unusual, evidently), which stayed in the clearing for quite some time. Most of us have read that bears can climb trees, but that doesn’t prepare you for how fast and agile they are…

2012 [06 June] – Norman Sills – Danube Delta

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"Countless whiskered terns, hundreds of white storks, dozens of glossy ibises, and many pygmy cormorants were crossing, probing or just standing in the wetness. With them were Dalmatian pelicans, great white egrets, ferruginous ducks, garganeys, ruddy shelducks, black-winged stilts and, above some nearby crags, a skyful of bee-eaters."

2013 [08 August] - Bob Shiret - Carpathian Mountains

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This was our first trip to Romania, my wife is a non-birder so it was intended the holiday would be geared to walking/wildlife and culture. Our base was the mountain ski resort of Poiana Brasov which in summer can be used as a hiking centre…

2013 [09 September] - Peter Kennerley

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…Crested Larks and Kestrels were quite numerous and just before we reached our next stop at the Sitorman Quarry, a couple of Hoopoes, the only ones we were to see on the tour, fed quietly beside the road giving nice views. Pied Wheatear is one of Romania’s star breeding birds here at the western limit of its breeding range…

2013 [06 June] - Russell Leavett

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…We stopped to look over some fish ponds on route, which produced quite a lot of whiskered terns, a few ferruginous ducks and a lone ruddy shelduck, the only one we were to see. White storks were seen here and there and eventually a roadside nest gave us the chance to view the sparrows that were living ‘downstairs’ from the storks – a mixture of house and Spanish sparrows…

2013 [05 May] - Stephen Daly

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…Corn Buntings and Red-backed Shrikes lined the taller vegetation and small bushes along the track to the wood; on getting out of the van we heard Golden Oriole, Cuckoo, Savi's Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher calling. The views of Red-footed Falcon as they came across over the woodland were spectacular and eventually we enticed a Cuckoo to come right in and land on a wire about 10m away…

2012 [05 May] - Sándor Borza

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We recorded a total of 205 species in 10 days of birding while covering almost all major bird habitats of the Carpathian Basin. This tour also gives a superb insight of the fantastic sceneries in the countries visited: Hungary, Slovakia and Romania…

2010 [09 September] - Simon Eaves

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…Magic Moments: The appearance of the Brown Bear cubs at the hide…

2012 [09 Sepetmber] - Birds & bears

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…The Danube Delta is probably the most important wetland of Europe. Passing a few days and nights at the heart of the Delta on a Floating Hotel is bird watching at its most relaxing…

2013 [05 May] - Sándor Borza - Hungary, Slovakia & Romania

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…This year’s highlights were all the European breeding woodpeckers including superb views of the rare and declining White- backed Woodpecker and the enigmatic Three-toed Woodpecker; six species of owls including Ural and Eagle Owl; nineteen species of raptors including Booted, Short-toed and Imperial Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon and Saker; Great Bustard, Little Crake, Corncrake, Collared Pratincole, Wallcreeper, Red-breasted and Collared Flycatchers, Thrush Nightingale and a wide range of warblers including River Warbler…

2014 [06 June] - Chris Durdin - Danube Delta

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A white-tailed eagle landed on a sandy river bank and was mobbed by a marsh harrier. Spoonbills included birds in breeding plumage with a patch of red skin at their bill’s base. Ducks included Garganey and any number of ferruginous ducks, and black-necked grebes kept the company and protection of whiskered terns on floating vegetation. There were so many rollers, glossy ibises and great white egrets that we had long stopped calling them or pointing to them...

2014 [05 May] - Zoltán Baczó

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...We had several Caspian and one Gull-billed Tern here but our attention soon turned to the sandpiper flocks which contained mainly Curlew Sandpipers, Dunlins and Little Stints, but more then 30 Broad-billed Sandpipers were also seen here which is an outstanding number even at this eastern location. The dryer parts of the lagoon held a few Kentish Plovers and also a few Collared Pratincoles. As the road was really bad and slow back to the hotel, it was already time to head back to have our lunch and right after go out to check another wetland site a bit further away...

2015 [05 May] - Dick Meijer and Peter van Scheepen

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Best birds today: Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, both species of Pelican, Pallid Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Collared Pratincole, Slender-billed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Pallas’s’ Gull, White-winged Tern, Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Gray-Shrike, Bearded Reedling, Calandra Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Paddyfield Warbler (Wolf Peninsula), Thrush Nightingale and Collared Flycatcher (Vadu) and Red-breasted Flycatcher (Sinoe village), Isabelline Wheatear and Tawny Pipit (rocky slope), Pied Wheatear (Sitorman Quarry).

2015 [04 April] - Zoltán Baczó

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We were especially proud to find all 10 of the European woodpecker species within this short time of birding.

2015 [05 May] - Janos Olah - Hungary & Transylvania

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We had several tour highlights on this recent tour but certainly the displaying Great Bustards, a majestic pair of Eastern Imperial Eagle, the mighty Saker, the handsome Red-footed Falcon, a hunting Peregrine, the shy Capercaillie, the elusive Little Crake and Corncrake, the enigmatic Ural Owl, the declining White-backed Woodpecker, the skulking River and Barred Warblers, a rare Sombre Tit, which was a write-in, the fluty Red-breasted and Collared Flycatchers and the stunning Wallcreeper will be long remembered.

2015 [05 May] - Janos Olah - Hungary & Transylvania

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We had several tour highlights on this recent tour but certainly the displaying Great Bustards, a majestic pair of Eastern Imperial Eagle, the mighty Saker, the handsome Red-footed Falcon, a hunting Peregrine, the shy Capercaillie, the elusive Little Crake and Corncrake, the enigmatic Ural Owl, the declining White-backed Woodpecker, the skulking River and Barred Warblers, a rare Sombre Tit, which was a write-in, the fluty Red-breasted and Collared Flycatchers and the stunning Wallcreeper will be long remembered.

2015 [05 May] - Nigel Jones & Luca Boscain

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2015 [05 May] - Andy Smith - Danube Delta & Carpathian Mountains

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...A walk through the meadows in the late afternoon sun produced fabulous views of a pair of Lesser Spotted Eagles plus a Short-toed Eagle, a Green Woodpecker and two Foxes. As we walked there was a constant background chorus of chirping Field Crickets and at one stage we heard the rasping call of a Corncrake.

2015 [12 December] - Richard Webb

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...The lake itself is a known drinking site for geese including Red-breasted but disturbance from hunters stopped them from doing so during my visit. However the lake did produce a single Dalmatian Pelican and White-tailed Eagle....

Places to Stay

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Delta Nature Resort

Accommodation

Designed for premium comfort in natural surroundings, the Delta Nature Resort harmonizes traditional living with sophisticated luxury Each of the 32 spacious luxury villas at the resort has a breath-taking view of the wilderness of the Delta…

Victoria Hotel

http://www.hotelvictoria.ro/

Constanta, Romania - we are interested in cooperating with foreign Bird Watching Organizations. We want to organize trips in the Danube Delta in the spring of 2012. In this way the members of the bird watching organization will be able to observe the 300 species of birds of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and you will be accommodated at our hotel…

Organisations

SOR BirdLife Romania

Website

Romanian Ornithological Society
Str Gheorghe Dima 49/2, RO-3400 Cluj. +40 64 438086 sorcj@codec.ro
It is the official page of BirdLife`s partner in Romania, it has some English pages too.

Milvus

Website

The Association for Bird and Nature Protection Milvus Group is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, acting in the fields of education, research and advisory, in order to make Romania a better place for birds, wildlife and people. A few very enthusiastic young bird-watchers founded the Milvus in autumn 1991. Soon after this, we joined the Romanian Ornithological Society, becoming its branch in Tirgu Mures. Since the end of 2001 the Association for Bird and Nature Protection Milvus Group became an independent registered NGO…

Museums

Banat Timisoara Museum of Natural History

The collection of birds (Ornithology) is made up of over 3,000 items. They are organized in a scientific collection, arranged in systemic order, as well as naturalized birds for exhibitions. Additional collections display birds` eggs and bones…

Reserves

Danube Delta

Information

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A wildlife paradise unique in Europe; over 300 species of birds and one of the worlds major bird migration routes.

Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

Information

Satellite View

Over 300 species of bird have been recorded, of which over 176 species breed…

Wetlands

Website

The convention entered into force in Romania on 21 September 1991. Romania currently has 19 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 1,156,448 hectares.

Danube Delta

Information

Satellite View

The Danube Delta is an exotic place, hosting more than 1,200 species of trees and plants, 300 species of birds - with unique pelicans colonies, 150 fish species, such as the Danube herring and the sturgeon…

Dumbravita Protection Area

Information

The birdwatching is one of the most important activities within Dumbravita protection area. This area is annually visited by various groups of tourists from different countries to see the birds, plants and the beautiful landscapes.

Forums & Mailing Lists

rombirdgroup

Mailing List

To post to list: rombirdgroup@yahoogroups.com

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A list dealing and sharing information about birds and birdwatching in Romania. Bine ai venit pe lista ornitologilor din Romania! Acesata lista de email-uri este destinata pentru a schimba idei si informatii despre pasari si conservarea naturii. Este o lista deschisa, oricine poate trimite si primii informatii cu si despre pasari si mediul inconjurator. Lista este nepolitica! Te rugam nu folosi ptr. scopuri populiste! Lista este necomerciala! Te rugam nu folosi drept loc ptr. reclama! Toate cele bune si asteptam scrisorile/ideile/observatiile tale!

Blogs

Pasarile si Lumea Pasarilor de Robert Hitter

Blog

Dupa un an de zile am hotarat sa incep un nou blog , incep ziua , luna cu ceva ce imi place " birdwatching"-ul care imi da satisfactie si placere…

Birdwatching in Oltenia

BLOG

A blog about bird-watching and bird photography in Romania and Oltenia. About nature and wildlife. And photography.

Other Links

White Stork Protection in the Carpathian Basin

Website

White Stork Protection in the Carpathian Basin is a cross-border cooperative environmental project, supported financially by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe. In English, with Romanian, Hungarian and Serbian versions under construction.

Bird Species in Romania

Website

Full list…

Birds in the Wild in Romania & beyond…

Website

Birds in the Wild in Romania & beyond… Cosmin Ovidiu Manci is a biologist at the Retezat National Park Administration in Romania. Ever since he was a young boy he was passionate about nature, plants, bugs, animals…you name it. He used to spend endless hours surrounded by a fantastic world, and as he grew up this feeling didn’t leave…

Photographers & Artists

Photographer – Andor Marton

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A few years ago I've discovered my passion for photography. After some experiences (studio, fashion, portrait, etc) I realized that the wildlife, especially the bird, and travel photography represents me. Romania

Wildlife from Romania

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Gallery of Romanian birds by Floriana Andronache….