Garth Peacock
Romania Day 2 - 9th June 2019


That's the end of 2019 for me.

Friday 20th December 2019

Disaster strikes

Monday 2nd December 2019

It's still very hard work

Saturday 9th November 2019

A quiet month overall

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Week ending 11th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

A quiet week

Friday 4th October 2019

A week of mixed fortunes

Tuesday 1st October 2019

The final catch-up

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Post Romania

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Romania Day 7 - 14th June 2019

Saturday 17th August 2019

Romania Day 6 - 13th June 2019

Friday 16th August 2019

Romania Day 5 - 12th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Romania Day 4 - 11th June 2019

Thursday 18th July 2019

Romania Day 3 - 10th June 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Romania Day 2 - 9th June 2019

Monday 24th June 2019

Romania Day1 - 8th June 2019

Friday 21st June 2019

Great Grey Shrike and others

Thursday 6th June 2019

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Monday 24th June 2019

An early start - 4:45 - and we were heading for an area where a colony of Collared Pratincoles had been reported. This was one of my target species except they were not on show. We searched and searched and eventually found one sitting on a nest amongst the foliage. Careful stalking and we got close enough for a decent photo.

There were just two ot three birds around and we finally got one standing - better than nothing, I suppose.

Leaving that area, there was a small group of Spoonbills close enough to get a shot.

The high water levels meant that any wader activity was too distant but we found as new species for me - Long-legged Buzzard, quartering a field close to the road. Distant again.

The Danube Delta is a centre of arable farming with acres and acres of wheat, barley and oats being grown. This attracted another new species for me - Black-headed Wagtail, a variant of our Yellow Wagtail. Still distant.

We then went to an area where a Lesser Grey Shrike was breeding and a hide had been set up for photography. At last a bird close enough for decent shots.

Back to the hotel for lunch and a siesta before the afternoons adventure to a different area. A Thekla Lark showed on the road in frnt of us.

and even a Black-headed Wagtail showed well. This one is a slightly different variation as the head is all black.

and a female

and the male displaying to the totally disinterested female.

We then found a small colony of the local ground squirrels, called Sousliks. They reminded me of Meercats but no relation.

Just across the track, there was a nest of well grown Wheatears with three young about to fledge.

A quick shot of another new species for me - Spanish Sparrow

before heading to an area where Stone-curlews are nesting. We just sat down on low chairs in the middle of the field and waited.

Well worth waiting for.

Before returning to the hotel, we revisited the old quarry to see if we could improve on our photographs of Pied Wheatear - short answer - no - but we did find a Little Ringed Plover doing its broken wing ritual.

We sat still in the minibus until it settled down and then back to the hotel for dinner, backing-up and recharging the batteries ready for tomorrow.