At Natures Images, we always select the right time and the right locations, working with the best wildlife photographers and guides in the business.
We have been running trips in eastern Europe for as long as we have been in business, and the potential opportunities just keep growing and this is our second trip in Romania working with colleagues we have known for many years though and looking to capture images in two distinctly different habitats whilst employing an array of different approaches to photographing many of the different species Romania has to offer: we’ll spend time in the Danube delta working from a purpose-built “photo-boat” with an array of water birds (Herons, Terns, Pelicans, Grebes, and many waders) as our targets. Using the boat will be interspersed with some hide based opportunities and also a personal floating hide for you to work on your own for even more intimate encounters and opportunities.
The second half of the trip will be in the dry and rocky habitat of the Main National Park where we’ll use a combination of hide based photography at specially created drinking pools (the striking Rock Thrush is the main target here) alongside more traditional stalking techniques for an array of other species including Isabelle Wheatear and Collared Pratincoles: pop-up hides will be on hand should we decide to adopt them in this approach too.
All in all, it will once again be a very diverse week of classic bird photography with some very different species on offer too.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: We’ll aim to arrive in Bucharest for early afternoon (we’ll advise on flight recommendations) and from where we will transfer to the town of Tulcea – the gateway to the Sulina arm of the Danube Delta, and where we will transfer by boat to the village which will be our base for the next 3 nights.
Days 2 – 4: We plan to have three full days of photography inside the Danube Delta with options in terms of the approach you can take which we will rotate between us: these involve using a small purpose-built photo-boat which allows us to quietly move around in the habitat – the boat is flat-bottomed and very stable and allows room for 4 photographers so we will all get to have at least one outing every day: photography is all through specially adapted non-reflective glass, so the views are excellent, and the birds cannot see us only the boats general shape which they are used to. In addition to this there are 2 or 3 fixed hides around our accommodation, which we will utilise, and for the braver amongst you there are also opportunities to use a professional floating hide (chest waders provided) inside a private wetland area where you can approach subjects on your own and at your own pace.
An array of Grebes, Herons, Cormorants, Pelicans, Egrets, Ducks, Terns, warblers and waders are all possible species for us to find here. We will have two photo sessions daily: the first starting 30 minutes before sunrise before we return to our accommodation for lunch and a rest before an afternoon session which will last until sunset.
Day 5: On our final morning session we have a trip to a remote bay to visit a breeding colony of Pallas’s Gulls and where Dalmatian Pelicans and Caspian Gulls are also possible. For those not wishing to do this, the hides at our accommodation will also be available. After returning to our accommodation after lunch and a midday break we will leave the Danube Delta behind and travel to the village of Greci in the Macin Mountain National Park where we will be based for an 3 nights. We should have time on arrival to have a first taste of the various hides at our disposal here.
Days 6 – 7: From our base in the Macin Mountain National Park we have two fixed drinking hides to work from (Red-backed Shrike, Isabelline Wheatear, Syrian Woodpecker, Corn Bunting, Turtle Dove and Barred Warblers are all possibilities here), along with an additional fixed hide for the elusive Rock Thrush and a selection of portable mobile hides for Bee-eaters, Rollers, Hoopoe and ground squirrels (or sousliks as they are better known locally) so we have a great deal of flexibility based on what is working best and your own personal preferences.
Day 8: On our final morning we will leave early as we plan one final stop on our way back to Bucharest where we will visit a new wetland area to look for the stunning Collared Pratincoles and before heading back to the airport and our flights home.
What our customers say
“The trip far exceeded what pre-conceptions I had.”
“The Danube Delta is a fantastic habitat and the photo-boat was a great way to explore it. The steppe/mountain area made for a great contrast too”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip.”