Thursday, 5 July 2012

ROMANIA, the Macin Mountains area, Part 2 of the Danube Delta Tour, JUNE 2012

Wednesday, 20th June, our 4th day into the JUNE 2012 Danube Delta Tour

We are in the Rex Hotel, Tulcea, we are up and out of the hotel at 05.00 hours for the hour plus drive to Macin,
On arrival at Macin village we continued to where the grasslands meet the slopes of the Macin Mountains, rock terrain, quarries and scrub land.

Mick and I elected to go into the drinking hide for the morning session.


Turtle Dove

Corn Bunting

Whilst in the hide we saw

Corn Bunting
Turtle Dove
Honey Buzzard and Golden Oriole (neither came close)
White Stork (already on the seen list)

The fierce light and a shortage of subjects made it a tough morning, however, 13.00 hours sees us putting our cases into our new accommodation for the one night in Macin, then, we were immediately out for a bit of stalking around the Macin mountain foothills.

Superb, non stop action ! !

Short-toed Eagle

Tawny Pipit

Isabelline Wheatear

Long-legged Buzzard

Red-backed Shrike

also seen today to add to the list
**Isabelline Wheatear
Northern Wheatear
Tawny Pipit
Lesser Grey Shrike
Spanish Sparrow

Short-toed Eagle
**Long-legged Buzzard, 2, (one with missing tail feather)
**Levant's Sparrowhawk, very high

Little Owl
Syrian Woodpecker

20 species to add to the seen list   =  76 species seen so far
**3 new species seen for me today =  ** 6 new species seen for me so far
10 species photographed today  = 31 different Species photographed so far

Overnight, slight changes of plans were made for our second day in Macin

The next morning in Macin, Mick and myself again elected for a very short visit to the drinking hide, we was hoping that with the earlier start, gentle light, we may get lucky ! No, our luck was no better, but as per our changed plans, by 10.00 hours we were heading off to Sinhoe for the final part of this tour.

On route we pulled over to get magnificent view and a photo of another

Short-toed Eagle

Midday sees us booked into our Pension in Sinhoe, Grindul Lupilor, this is a very nice hotel, good food, good showers, good air conditioning, (make sure you turn it off at night), very, very nice !
The proprietor, Mr. Teodor Dima makes us most welcome. 

Sinoe,    PART 3 of this Danube Delta Tour is to follow

and it get's even better ! !

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