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The amazing journey of Decebal continues
01.11.2014

Decebal - the male Redbreasts tagged with Romanian satellite tag in Bulgaria by the field team of "Safe Ground for Redbreasts" LIFE Project, WWT, SOR/BirdLife Romania, Le Balkan and USFWS continues to amase us with its travel.  Recently Decebal made a formidable flight of 1800km in one go to approach its wintering destination of Western Black sea. Here is what Emo Todorov from ROS/BirdLife Romania reports:

"Decebal, our male Red-breasted Goose keeps showing how amazing is the bird migration. After a month spent at the border between Russia and Kazakhstan in one of the most important Red-breasted Goose staging areas, the wetland complex of Shalkar-Ega-Kara and some small lakes around Taldykol, Decebal left the area on October 25th, heading south to Caspian Sea. An unknown till this moment stopover was made in a large and uninhabited lagoon system at the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea. On the following day Decebal did an unique transfer of more than 1800 km crossing Caspian and Azov Sea from east to the west, avoiding another key staging areas in Manuch-Gudilo depression in Russia. Most probably, flying without any stops, Decebal arrived on October 27th in the vicinity of Dnieper’s Delta in Ukraine, just for one day. After such a huge movement the geese are spending lots of energy, which requires several days of refueling. However, Decebal didn’t stop and flew another 300 km until he arrived at the Danube Delta in Romania on 30th of October.

He completed his autumn migration for 60 days, flying over 9 000 km from the Russian Tundra to his wintering grounds in Romania."


The first flocks of geese for this winter season in Bulgaria flew from the North on October 28. More information you can find here.