Bulgaria - spring on the Black Sea coast
Spectacular displays of spring flowers, with bird migration at its peak along the Via Pontica.
This trip will take in some of the highlights of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, an area amazingly rich in wildlife. In the south we will take in the lakes and wetlands around Bourgas. Here we will find many wetland birds, including Squacco Heron, White and Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant and Spoonbill. Northbound migrants should include all three marsh terns in smart breeding colours; Red-footed Falcon, Honey Buzzard and Lesser Spotted Eagle, sometimes in large flocks; both White and Black Stork; and a variety of waders heading up to the wetlands of Scandinavia, Poland and Russia.
This corner of Bulgaria is amongst the richest areas in Europe for reptiles and amphibians, and we will be joined by a local expert to help us track down some of the area’s specialities, perhaps including the beautiful Leopard Snake or Reddish Whip Snake and two species of tortoise. Heading north we will spend time on the flower-rich steppe around Cape Kaliakra, where a staggering 450 species of plants include splashes of red Paeonia tenuifolia, yellow Adonis vernalis, and carpets of abundant dwarf irises in a range of shades of purple and yellow. In this area we have a better chance than almost anywhere in Europe of catching sight of a Wild Cat.
This area is famous for several breeding birds with very restricted ranges in Europe, and we hope to find Pied Wheatear, Paddyfield Warbler, Levant Sparrowhawk Sombre Tit and Semi-collared Flycatcher all on their breeding territories.
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