Via Pontica flyway

October 8 - 10, 2009


After a visit to Sofia early October 2009, we decided to bring a 3-day visit to the Branta Birding Lodge located at the beautiful Lake Durankulak. The lodge provides a comfortable starting point for trips, and we enjoyed the kind hospitality of Tatyana and Pavel and their excellent birding knowledge. Although October is between birding seasons (the peak of fall migration just finished and most wintering birds still had to arrive), Pavel showed us various birding sites with over 100 species, including Red-throated Pipit, Bearded Tit, Blue Throat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Merlin, Pygmy Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, Long-Legged Buzzard, Marsh and Hen Harrier, and five species of Woodpeckers. Since temperatures were still around 25 deg Celsius thousands of Corn Buntings and Calandra Larks were singing. One Osprey even took a bath in the lake! Another highlight was watching and listening to a pair of Eagle Owls. Pavel and Tatyana are enthusiastic hosts, and we have great respect for their efforts to preserve birds and their natural habitats. Altogether the visit to the Branta Birding Lodge was a wonderful experience!

Eric and Astrid, Netherlands

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