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This book was completely re-written in 2019 and is now published under a different title Finding Birds in South-east Romania. Future updates will be published here.

Danube delta

May 2011 During a boat trip into the delta we had no less than 4 sightings of adult Great-Black-headed Gulls including a pair together at close range. .(Robin Chittenden in trip report at

Babadag forest

1st August 2005 En route to the Macin Hills we saw 3 Long-legged Buzzards, 5 Common Buzzards, 3 Booted Eagles, 2 Kestrels, 3 Honey Buzzards, 1 Lesser Spotted Eagle, 2 'Steppe' Buzzards and one adult female Levant Sparrowhawk. In the Macin Hills, close to Macin itself we had two pairs of Isabelline Wheatears. (Ken Tucker et al, trip report,

2011 The most popular part of the forest for birders is around Macin which is found by taking the road from Horia (site 4) and continuing 10 km further north than the turning to Greci. There is an observation tower here for counting migrating raptors.

Baneasa - Lake Oltina and Fetii canyons

2000 If you follow the road west from site 5 for about 17km, just before you reach the Danube you pass some fishponds on your left. These ponds are at the northern end of Lake Bugeac -this is the best site in Romania for Ruddy Shelduck (per James Roberts in Romania - a birdwatching and wildlife guide - 2000)

Lakes Calarasi and Mostistea

2004 The best area of fishponds around Calarasi is at Ciocanesti about halfway between sites 2 and 3. From Calarasi, follow route 31 towards Manastirea until, in Ciocanesti village you see the large church on the right. Take the next left turn down a cobbled track and, once outside the village, fork right over the water channel. You'll see the fishponds to your right as you follow this track. The site is private but you may be able to negotiate entry with one of the workers.

23rd October 2010 White-tailed Lapwing at Ciocanesti fish farm (Florin Chirila on

May 2011. Birds seen at the Calarasi-Iezer fishponds included:many slow flapping, displaying Little Bitterns; Purple Herons everywhere; a couple of black summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks; a flock of Glossy Ibises; several (Black-crowned) Night Herons; a Red-necked Grebe; a few Ferruginous Ducks; a fine Ruff (with a ruff); many Whiskered and Black Terns; and a smart drake Garganey.(Robin Chittenden in trip report at

Cheia Dobrogeia

The best site in Romania for Pied Wheatear (per James Roberts in Romania - a birdwatching and wildlife guide - 2000). Located 24 km west of Histria. From Histria, return to the main Tulcea-Constanta road (N22) but then continue straight on at the crossroads and follow route 226B due west for 15km to Gradina. Turn left (south) at the T-junction  in Gradina and follow this road for 6km through Cheia village to a shallow rocky valley with wide grassy road margins. Pied Wheatear is the commonest wheatear here.

May 2011. Two pairs of Pied Wheatears found easily. Also 3 Isabelline Wheatears at Gura Dobrogei  [8km ESE] .(Robin Chittenden in trip report at


Recommended by James Roberts (Romania - a birdwatching and wildlife guide - 2000) as one of the 3 best wetlands south of the delta (behind Histria and Enisala). Great for gulls and waders; both Black-winged Pratincole and White-tailed Plover have bred here. The site consists of coastal lagoons about 32km north of Constanta. From Navodari, follow route 226 northwards to the northern end of Corbu village. As the village ends, take a track to the right (44.4240N, 28.6601E) and follow this for just over 7km to the village of Vadu. Keep right in the village to find a track which passes around the south side of the deserted factory. Follow this track to the lagoons.

May 2011. The flashes were covered in waders including Little Stints, Curlew Sands and 2 Marsh Sandpiper. We also saw a female Pallid Harrier nearby. (Robin Chittenden in trip report at


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