Sunday, August 31, 2003
Our first trip to Bulgaria, we stayed at the Sunny Beach resort not a place for the faint hearted, crime was rife from Gypsy's and the local mafia were always on view, they own most of the change booths, and Prostitutes were everywere, the area was a shit hole literally, with the locals squatting down in the trees for the toilet, rubbish dumped on the edge of the resort and Sunny Beach itself like a massive Blackpool, once away from the resort area the birding was pretty good.
Labels: HOLIDAY BULGARIA 2003
Sunday, August 17, 2003
Raptor passage at times was stunning, we recorded 59 Honey Buzzards, 14 Black Kites, 57 Marsh Harriers, Single male Pallid Harrier over the hotel 5 Montagu's Harriers, 2 Levant Sparrowhawks, 4 Eurasian Sparrowhawks, 2 Northern Goshawks, 20 Common Buzzards, 24 Steppe Buzzards, 3 Long Legged Buzzards, 11 Lesser Spotted Eagles, 2 Booted Eagles, 12 Lesser Kestrels, 33 Common Kestrels and 1 Peregrine a total of 15 species of raptors in two weeks.
Poda protected area, a stunning little reserve with an observation tower, at the right time of year thousands of migrants poor over this area being filtered along the coast as they come down the Black Sea, the couple of hours we spent there produced hundreds of Storks and Pelicans as well as 35 Honey Buzzards with 19 in one flock circling low over the reserve.
Labels: CORMORANT PYGMY