Pygmy Cormorant © Iordan Hristov

september birding trip: day 4 – pygmy cormorant

Today was going to be my last day. Another guide will come to take over and continue the trip with the group. I really didn’t want to leave but i had to. The group was wonderful and we had great time. Moreover, I really needed to do some birding so this was a great opportunity. Perhaps that is what made me quite enthusiastic to search for the birds and show them to the participants in the group. I think everyone enjoyed it so far.

Anyway, before I depart I wanted to do some more birding and although I wasn’t “at work” any more I was still searching for birds and showing them to the people.

Sunrise at Pomorie © Iordan Hristov

Sunrise at Pomorie © Iordan Hristov

We were already on the coast at a small town called Pomorie which was right on the coast. I got up before the group to take some sunrise pictures but wasn’t as productive as i wanted.  After that we all went to the nearby saltpans which were a walking distance from our hotel. This site is absolutely fantastic. The diversity you have here is immense. Upon arrival we started logging Pygmy Cormorant in their hundreds, Pintail, Shoveler, Little Ringed Plover, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Red-creasted Pochard, Avocets, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, Black-winged Stilt and many others. What a place this is. And all of this was before breakfast. Wonderful start of the day.

Pygmy Cormorant © Iordan Hristov

Pygmy Cormorant © Iordan Hristov

After breakfast we headed to the Northern salt pans of Atanasovsko lake. We were going to spend the morning observing migration of soaring birds. Before we went to the watch point we stopped at two places which resulted in some good observations of 2 Pallid Harriers, Penduline Tit, 4 Greater Flamingos, Black Storks, a few Lesser spotted Eagles, a very distant Montagu’s Harrier, and some other more common birds. Once we arrived at the watch point we started noting numbers. We started counting the Lesser spotted Eagles which were over 50 for the one hour that we were there. At the site there was a group of Dutch birders that were counting the birds as well. for the day they have had 264 Lesser spotted Eagle. You can see their records for the day here. We also saw a few Black kites, White Storks, White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Booted Eagle, Steppe Buzzards and many Bee eaters. This is what I needed. Well, now I have to go.

Common Buzzard © Iordan Hristov

Common Buzzard © Iordan Hristov

It was a superb trip and I am glad that I had the chance to do it.

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