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A TRADITIONAL VISIT

24.01.2013

Once again Scottish Ornithologist Brian Morell  and Desislava Parvanova from the BSPB “Safe Ground for Redbreasts” project visited the students of "St. Kliment Ohridski "school in Durankulak. They exchanged greetings for the New Year and traditionally discussed the development of the ornithologists’ studies in the area, targeted at the rare Red-breasted Goose. Mr. Morrell spoke about the method of catching geese to tag them with satellite transmitters and track their movements. The transmitter that scientists use for this purpose raised enormous interest and...

A RECORD COUNT OF RED-BREASTS IN BULGARIA DURING THE IWC

16.01.2013

The International Waterbird Census last weekend was marked by a record count of wintering Red-breasted Geese in Bulgaria. On 13 January, teams from BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria and WWT undertook an especially comprehensive count, covering more than 40km of coastline as well as the main roosts at Shabla and Durankulak SPAs. The provisional total of 54,000 Red-breasts is the highest winter count since the late 1990s . The current population estimate is 50,000 individuals, which suggests practically the whole global population was in Bulgarian Dobrudzha during the IWC count....

"A day of the life of the Red-breasted Goose"

15.01.2013

  As a result of a drawing contest, we received a lot of wonderful paintings from the children in the project area. Thanks to all the participants and their teachers. The winners will be awarded at a ceremony in the Shabla Green Center on 19 January 2013, at 14.00 h.

THE YEAR BEGAN WITH INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS IN SPA "DURANKULAK LAKE"

15.01.2013

The first days of fieldwork for the BSPB team working on the project "Safe Ground for Redbreasts", financed by the EU LIFE + Programme, began with interesting observations of rare species. On January 6, northwest of Durankulak among an innumerable flock of Greater White-fronted Geese and Red-breasted Geese the rare for the Bulgarian avifauna Pink-footed Goose ( Anser brachyrhynchus ) was observed. This is only the second observation, the first being also in the region of Coastal Dubrudzha. This species has been increasing over the past decade, but it occurs mainly in...

INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS AT SHABLA TUZLA

15.01.2013

On 10 January 2013, a team of BSPB found two interesting species in the region of Shabla Tuzla – a Common Crane ( Grus grus ) and Pallas’s Gull ( Larus ichtyaetus ). The young crane had found refuge in the lagoon and in the fields around it, keeping tightly to a flock of Whooper Swans ( Cygnus cygnus ), in whose company it seemed safe - however, fifty pairs of eyes watch much better for enemies than just one! As we know, a few decades ago common cranes were more frequent and more numerous in Bulgaria, mainly during migration, but some flocks used to stay in the...

NEW WIND TURBINE VICTIMS IN DOBRUDZHA

15.01.2013

The end of the first week of January 2013 in Dobrudzha witnessed a real winter blizzard, with a strong northwestern wind, bearing drifts of fine dry snow. The gray skies and freezing temperatures added even harsher touch to the landscape, probably rejoicing the hearts of those who love winter. For the BSPB conservation team, however, this brought a feeling of apprehension - too bad visibility, gusty winds forcing the birds to fly low and too many wind turbines, blocking the leaden sky. Our concerns were mainly for the globally threatened Red-breasted Goose, which we had...