Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Destinations: Poda - Bulgaria

Poda is a protected coastal wetland that lies by Lake Mandra on the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. It is just south of the city of Borgas. It is a bird reserve run by an NGO, the BSPB (Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds) and has a visitor centre with friendly staff and a roof that serves as a great platform from which to scope the open water and reedbeds. Poda is worth a visit at anytime though spring and autumn are arguably best. Spring birds (some breeding here) include Pygmy Cormorants, many herons and egrets, Eurasian Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, terns, gulls, various waders, Penduline and Bearded Tits and "reedy" warblers. Though they do not breed there are usually White and Dalmatian Pelicans around, too. As it lies on the Black Sea migration fly-way White Storks and Lesser Spotted Eagles go over in large numbers in autumn (September best). It is cold here in winter but the pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, White-tailed Eagle and goose flocks, including sometimes a few Red-breasted Geese, are usually around.

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