Our final moments of the trip with the cameras were spent near trying to photograph some Spanish sparrow around a car park area and some kind of visitors centre. However, my attention was drawn to a Crested Lark gathering insects and also a very dirty looking Stork that passed very close by on slow powerful wing beats with a beak full of nest material.
As we drove back to the main road we came across a couple of yellow wagtails and a Great Reed Warbler. The latter kept climbing songs before bursting into its loud warble. This proved to be my last photograph of the trip. I had finished the visit to Romania photographing the same species as my first photographs in the country. I had gone full circle and the trip was complete.
Overall it had been a very memorable trip. I had enjoyed it as the photographs did not always come easily and you had to work to get the images but that made it all the more rewarding. I also really liked the mobile aspect of this trip rather than being locked down in fixed hides for a week on standard perch set-ups. Eastern Europe really is a wonderful place for the bird photographer and I will definitely be returning again in the future.
So to finish off I would like to express my thanks to:
- Zoltan for working tirelessly to make sure all went smoothly and using his magic bird locating powers.
- To the boatman for his excellent boat handling skills on the Danube Delta.
- Rene, Hans and Michael for being such excellent company on the trip.
- To Sakertours for another superb and extremely well organised trip.
Thanks for following me on my roamings around Romania and I will be returning to some UK mammals in my next post.