Bulgarian Black Sea coast

A weeks trip to Nessebar on the Black Sea with my Wife 3 weeks ago started out well with excellent weather and plenty of birds on the Pomorie Salt Pans. However the weather deteriorated rapidly to heavy overcast and rain with temperatures of 12-13 deg. in the cold Northerly winds, at which point most of the birds went South. The only decent numbers of birds we saw after that were several flocks of Dalmatian Pelicans, consisting of hundreds of birds, all flying South past the hotel. Bulgaria would seem to be an excellent location for birding but we didn’t visit as many sites as we could have because of the bad weather and extremely hazardous driving conditions – vehicles coming towards us on our side of a dual carriageway is just one example!

A few examples of the hundreds of birds we saw in the first couple of days, the camera rarely came out after that. Click on the image for a larger version.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

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1st Winter Caspian Gull
1st Winter Caspian Gull
Distant Merlin
Distant Merlin
Pygmy Cormorants
Pygmy Cormorants
Yellow legged gull
Yellow legged gull
5 Sandwich Terns and a Little Tern
5 Sandwich Terns and a Little Tern
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

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Slender billed gull
Slender billed gull
Little Egret
Little Egret
Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk
1st Winter Yellow legged gull
1st Winter Yellow legged gull
Little Gull
Little Gull
Little Gull
Little Gull
1st Winter Barred Warbler
1st Winter Barred Warbler
Little Gulls
Little Gulls
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Yellow legged gull, 1st Winter
Yellow legged gull, 1st Winter

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Sandwich and little Terns
Sandwich and little Terns
Little Tern
Little Tern
Great White Egret
Great White Egret
Little Gull
Little Gull

David