Starting in Bucharest, we take in the best of the coastal Dobrogea steppe, rocky valleys and woodlands that provide a unique opportunity to see thousands of breeding and migrating birds, rare or absent in other parts of Europe. First we will explore some of the coastal lagoons and marshlands at the Black Sea – Lake Sinoe, Lake Zmeica and others. Here we expect various water birds, including different species of herons and egrets, gulls and terns, Marsh Harrier, Collared Pratincole, Kentish Plover, some species of reed warblers (like the Paddyfield Warbler, Marsh Warbler and Great Reed Warbler), Black-headed race of the Yellow Wagtail, etc.
Moving inland to the extensive steppe grasslands we will be searching for the Stone Curlew, Tawny Pipit, Calandra Lark, Short-toed Lark, Isabeline Wheatear. We will visit beautiful rocky gorges, areas with small woodlands and shrubs among the steppes, where we will be searching for the Long-legged Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Eurasian Hoopoe, Syrian Woodpecker, Pied Wheatear, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser-Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Barred Warbler. At the loess cliffs we will enjoy European Bee-eater nesting colonies, where often European Rollers nest next to them on the same ground walls too.