Me & Kane have just arrived home after spending two weeks ringing & bird watching on the Danube Delta in Romania. Although the hot temperatures & mosquitoes took a bit of getting use to after spending a month in Iceland, we had a cracking trip and caught some brilliant birds.
The ringing camp is situated near the humble village of Sfântu Gheorghe which is a 5 hour sail away from the nearest big town of Tulcea. The camp is now in it’s third year of operation and is being coordinated by Fabian Scheider who is the head of a young Swiss bird ringing group. It really is a fantastic site and the turnover of birds is staggering! During our 10 day stay we caught over 700 new birds of 39 species & observed well over 100 species in and around the camp itself!
For us the highlights were catching some species that we had never seen up close before, and some that we hadn’t seen at all! Below are the totals for the trip, with a few photos thrown in.
|Great Reed Warbler||24|
|Long Tailed Tit||4|
|Red Backed Shrike||206|
|13/08/10 – 22/08/10||704 new.|
Both Kane & I would like to say a big thank you to Fabian for having us along & to all the other ringers at the camp who made us feel so welcome. If any ringers are interested in visiting the camp, then they can contact Fabian. They are always on the lookout for ringers willing to help out.
We're both home now for several weeks, before our next overseas trip - so we are very much looking forward to digging out our BTO rings & pressing on with some UK ringing!