Sunday, June 15, 2008

Romania: bird of the trip

We recorded 150 bird species on our Romanian tour last week. Highlights (in no particular order) included masses of Pygmy Cormorants, lots of White Pelicans, Dalmatian Pelican, Paddyfield Warbler, Sombre Tit, Pied Wheatear, Collared Pratincole, Booted Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk, Great Black-headed Gull, Ruddy Shelduck, etc, etc, etc, but after a discussion and a vote, my group decided that Rose-coloured Starling was the ultimate "bird of the trip". A worthy winner IMO as not only is it a beautiful bird and rare in western Europe, but we saw LOTS of them, in a noisy, colourful colony! Here is a photo by Dan Petrescu of that very colony..

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