Birdwatching in Romania – a Danube Delta experience

I love the Danube Delta!

I might be subjective because I was born here and because I have a business in this area, but I belive those things made me love it more.

As a child it was something normal, something usual to live there, nothing too special.

When I was 8  I left Mahmudia for Constanta. So, I discovered the „civilisation”, the ”in a hurry” style. I lived the ‚Corporation Eve’.

After 26 years I decided that, for my 2 boys, for my family, for myself it is better to leave all this and go back.

But now I see the things from a different point of view. I thought that I only have to remember, but I realized that I have to learn more, to discover more. I have to learn to discover.

To be honest I made a few mistakes. I felt in the trap of „mass tourism”.  

Doing tourism with people who come in the Danube Delta because is a „trend”, is difficult and unpleasant. In usual tours I didn’ have time to discover. It was like an monologue to pass the time. Pelicans, pelicans, pelicans - the symbol of the Danube Delta. I don’t want to offend them, but there are lot of other interesting birds here.

And I had the chance to meet people who inspired me, not many, but more and more.

I found the difference between a tour with ignorant people and one with nature lovers.

That’s how I discovered  birdwatching or birding. For me, now, it is not very clear what is the difference.

I discovered that little beautiful bird: the Kingfisher. Now that I found it it seems to be everywere 😊 How spectacular is its flight start. I did’t have the chance to see live how it is fishing, maybe in this season.

The magnificent  White-tailed Eagle, sorrounding the sky like a guardian.

You, as bird-lovers may know about the multitude of Herons: the Grey one, the Night Heron, the Purple Heron etc. For me it was a clue about how poor is my knowledge about birds.

For example the Cormorants were „those ugly black birds wich are distroing the fish”. I understood that they are not the saints of the birds, but if you look at them closer they are interesting. Admire them in that strange position in which they dry up  their feathers.

The Little Egret, the White Egret, the White stork they were almost the same for me 3 or 4 years ago.

Can you make the difference betwin Sterna hirundo and Chlidonias hybrida? I still can’t.

 But that made me to search for help.

One of those people who insipred me and became a close partner, gave me a book: „The birds from Europe” by Hakan Delin and Lars Svensson.

I recommend this book to everyone who want to find detailed informations about birds.

So I started to develop my tours with this book in my hands. I realized how many things I ignored or I did’t observe. Being a guide seemed hard and it is hard. 😊

I said that I will organise Birdwatching tours only when I will be „well prepared”. After 3 years being in the nature, with lot of Guides and informations, I realized that I will have to learn, to discover all my life. Anytime, one or more of my guests, will teach me about something.

For those who had the patience to read the article, at the end, please find some details about the Danube Delta:

It is the best preserved delta in Europe and it is regarded as one of the largest wetlands (2861 sqm) and the most extensive area of compact reed beds in the world.

With more than 330 species of birds(it is estimated that around 170 are breeding here), the Danube Delta is home of 98% of Europe’s aquatic fauna. 12 species are protected by law, declared „monument of nature, because they are endangered.

Some of the birds you can admire here are: Kingfisher, White-tailed eagle, Grey Heron, Night Heron, Purple Heron, White Egret, Little Egret, White Pelican, Dalmatian Pelican, Gulls, Mute Swan, Great and little Cormorant, Mallards, Spoonbill, Glossy ibis, Goose, Pheasant  and many more.

The not breeding species are guests in the winter and passing through during spring and autumn. According to the georgaphical origin, birds belong to the following types: European, Mediterranean, Siberian, Mongolian, Chinese and Artic.

Migration takes place in the South-North direction during spring and the North-South in the autumn.

So, if the weather is fine, you can enjoy birdwatching all year long. The cold is not the problem, but the frost because the access on the channels and lakes is dificult.

Hope that I was able to convince you to search more things about the Danube Delta

Maybe it will become one of your favorite birdwatching places.

Thank you,

Andrei

 

 

 

P.S. I would like to thank two dear people:

Musat Constantin – a lover of this place, the one who taught me a lot of things about the guide job, who scolded me for the garbage left by some of my guests 😊

and

Adrian Nasturica – a true professional photographer, with who I discovered the pleasure of birdwatching and wildlife photography, a man with courage and confidence.