Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Destinations: Poda, Bulgaria
Poda is a protected coastal wetland site that lies by Lake Mandra in Bulgaria. It is just south of the city of Borgas by road E87. The reserve is managed by the BSPB (Birdlife partner in Bulgaria) and has a visitor centre with helpful staff, drinks, souvenirs and a roof that serves as a great platform from which to scope the area open water and reedbeds. Poda is worth a visit at anytime though spring and autumn are arguably best. Spring birds (some breeding here) include Pygmy Cormorants, many herons and egrets, Eurasian Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, terns, gulls, various waders, Penduline and Bearded Tits and "reedy" warblers. Though they do not breed there are usually White and Dalmatian Pelicans around, too. As it lies on the Black Sea migration fly-way White Storks and Lesser Spotted Eagles go over in large numbers in autumn (September best). It is cold here in winter but the pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, White-tailed Eagle and goose flocks, including some Red-breasted Geese, are usually around.