Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Destinations: Caraorman - Romania

Caraorman is a village in the heart of the Danube Delta in Romania. As is the case with most Delta settlements it is only accessible by boat. It lies south of the main Sulina channel from Crisan. Caraorman lies on a huge ancient sand dune system and truth be told, is not an attractive birding spot as the place is dominated by the ruins of an industrial complex. Little Owl and Black Redstart now inhabit these buildings. Beyond the ruins and between the main channel and the old village of Caraorman (where ethnic Ukrainian speakers live: see sign in photo) there are shallow brackish pools and abandoned fish-ponds. At passage times (spring and autumn) these are excellent sites for gulls, terns and waders (Romania's 1st Pectoral Sandpiper was found here). Breeding birds include various herons, White Stork, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt and Kentish Plover.

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