Friday, 25 September 2015

Euro Trip Day 7: Shabla Region

 We started the day at Cape Kaliakra.

 Most impressive was a movement of Eurasian Sparrowhawks- we had 30+ in two hours heading south
 Also moving south was this Juvenile Honey Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 juvenile Pallid Harrier and a couple of Marsh Harrier
 This Turtle Dove (left) was amongst the local Collared Doves
 Juvenile Red-backed Shrike. There were several of these at all the sites we visited today. Also at the Cape were 10+ Red-breasted Flycatcher, 5+ Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 300+ Swallow moving south first thing, a couple of Redstart and 1 Spotted Flycatcher
 Wall Lizard

 Hummingbird Hawkmoth
 Dimiter met us at about 10 and then we moved north to Ezero Tuzla and then Lake Durankulak.
 Several Little Gulls were on the lakes and sea. We also had Caspian, Sandwich and Common Tern and Yellow-legged, Caspian (and 'Black Sea' Gulls), Mediterranean and Black-headed Gull. Waders present were 20+ Ruff, 4 Little Stint, 8 Dunlin, 8 Sanderling, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover and 1 Snipe. Shags, Cormorants, Pygmy Cormorant and Great Crested Grebes were on the sea. Also Bittern, Purple Heron, Great and Little Egrets and about 40 Grey Herons.
 There were migrants all over the place. 100s of White Wagtails, Yellow Wagtails, more RB Flickers, Redstart, Spotted Fly, Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Swallow, Sand Martin. We also had a fly over Osprey and a few Marsh Harriers. Also 100+ Spanish Sparrows.
Our final venue for the day was  the fields around Tyulenovo which were crawling with birds.
 5+ Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 200+ White Wagtail, 50+ Yellow Wagtail, 25+ Red-backed Shrike, 300+ Corn Bunting, 200+ Starling, 15+ Calandra Lark, 6 Jay and Syrian Woodpecker in the village
Just as light was failing as our full 12 hours in the field came to end, two juvenile Montagu's Harriers came down into the fields near our hotel
View from our Hotel (The Dolphin) in Tyulenovo, over the Black Sea

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