Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Destinations: Danube Delta - Romania

Around 82% of the delta of the River Danube lies in Romania (18% is in the Ukraine). This fantastic wetland is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of some 5800 km2, including the steppes and coastal lagoons to its south. It is a particulary good birding destination (European White Pelicans in the photo here) though in season dragonflies abound and mammals include European mink, which is now sadly very rare elsewhere in Europe. The only way to really explore the delta is by boat and the inland port of Tulcea is the gateway. Most tours start from Tulcea and given the size and logistics involved, it is usually best to join an organised group birding tour.

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