The Danube Delta (Delta Dunării)

Situated in the eastern part of Romania, the Delta of Danube is an unique natural reservation in Europe. It's an astonishing place by its biodiversity and peacefulness. Contrasting with the crowded resorts on the Romanian Black Sea shore, the Danube Delta gives you the opportunity of being in the middle of the wild nature.

Although a strictly protected area, one can find more and more modern Hotels inside the reservation (as floating hotels or built on sand banks) or noisy big boats. There are a few traditional villages in the middle of the Delta that can not be reached by land, but I stayed in the fishing village of Murighiol, easily reached by car (and by boat) from Tulcea. It i situated on the right bank of St.George (Sfântul Gheorghe) channel, close to the lakes of Uzlina, Pojarnia and Isac and right next to the ruins of the Roman city of Halmyris. On the opposite side of the village one can also find the "Sărături" Lake natural reservation - a place where colonies of birds such as those from Recurvirostridae family, the Red-crested Pochard (Netta Rufina) or the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) can be found. And with this occasion I'd highly recommend my host (very kind, rather talkative and a very good cook). The place is quiet, has everything from hot water to TV cable but no internet (there is no internet in the Delta yet), it is clean and it has a very nice unique touch.

In 1991, the Romanian part of the Danube Delta became part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and it's definitely a landscape worth seeing. For more information check out Wikipedia, or There's too much to be said and seen so I'll try to keep it brief. Besides, I'm not an expert in fauna or flora. For a brief tour inside the ecosystem of the Delta of Danube (plants, wildlife and traditions) you can also visit the modern museum "Delta Dunării" in Tulcea (exact location here) where one can also find the biggest aquarium in Romania.

If you're found of fishing this is the place for you (but you need a fishing permit). I was more into nature and photography and hired a boat (with a local driver that knew the places) for a few hours ride. One can see lots of birds (the Danube Delta hosts more than 300 species of migratory and resident birds), such as pelicans, cormorants, geese, egrets, herons, ibises, spoonbills, grebes, rollers, bee-eaters, ducks, swans, eagles, hawks, falcons, coots, moorhens, cranes, limicolas, cuckoos and small birds, as well as beautiful yellow and white water lilies. During my stay i saw (with my untrained eye) the following (see also my pictures): The White Pelican (pelecanus onocrotalus), Herons (Ardeidae family such as Small Egret (egretta garzetta), Great Egret (egretta alba) or Squacco Heron (ardeola ralloides) ), Cormorant (probably Pygmy Cormorant (phalacrocorax pygmeus) and Great Cormorant (phalacrocorax carbo) from Phalacrocoracidae family), some species of ibis (probably Glossy Ibis (plegadis falcinellus)/Ţigănuş), Gulls (such as Laughing Gulls (Larus ridibundus) or Little Gull (larus minutus) and some Common Gulls (or Mew Gull - larus canus) ), Summer Swan (or Mute Swan - cygnus olor), Spoon Bill (platalea leucordia), White Stork (ciconia ciconia), Whiskered Tern (chlidonias hybridus), Gaffinch/Cinteza (fringilla coelebs), Eurasian Nuthatch/Scorţar (sitta europaea) and a wild goose (possibly Anser albifrons). I also saw some Hoopoes (upupa epops) in the nearby corn fields but i couldn't get it on camera.

Lots of beautiful pictures can be found at, while some of my personal photos follow:

- and some pictures from the Tulcea aquarium:

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