Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Destinations: Vadu, Romania

This site on the Black Sea coast south of the Danube Delta can, unlike much of the Delta, be birded on foot. There are salt-marshes, reedbeds, stagnant pools, dry scrub, dune and a long sandy beach. In spring and autumn this is a great place for passage birds, especially shorebirds and terns and some stay to breed. Offshore Yelkouan Shearwater is regular. In 2000 & 2001 a few pairs of White-tailed Plover even bred at Vadu. The area is east of the capital, about 30km north of the port of Constanta. From Corbu head for the hamlet of Vadu and its large and semi-abandoned indistrial complex (which is hard to miss) and follow the only surfaced road to the coast.

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