Two-day Birding Trip: Cape Kaliakra & Srebarna Lake
On this tour we will explore the birdlife in the spectacular steppes and cliffs of Cape Kaliakra and the Bulgarian El Dorado of waterbirds – Srabarna Nature Reserve. The tour starts from Varna or any of the resorts/ settlements to the north of Varna.
Day 1: Departure from the hotel – around: 8.30 – 9.00 h
Drive from Varna to the Srebarna Lake Nature Reserve via Cape Kaliakra.
Arrival at the Cape Kaliakra around 9.30 – 10.00.
Birding and lunch in a restaurant in the area;
Birds to be seen around Kaliakra: European Shag (the Mediterranean ssp. desmarestii), Yelkouan Shearwater, Stone Curlew, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Alpine Swift, Greater Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Tawny Pipit, Isabelline Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Rose-coloured Starling; dolphins are possible in the sea.
13.00 – 14.30 h – drive to Srebarna Lake and birding there;
Srebarna is the only Bulgarian nesting site for a colony of Dalmatian Pelicans. Here one can see the Pygmy Cormorant, all the European herons, bitterns and egrets, the Ferruginous Duck, the Spoonbill and the Glossy Ibis, the Whiskered Tern, the Black Turn and the White-winged Terns (May only), the White-tailed Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Eurasian Penduline Tit and many other amazing birds.
Accommodation in 2* hotel or licensed guest house in the region of Srebarna.
Day 2: Morning: birding at the Srebarna Lake Nature Reserve; Lunch in the village of Srebarna. Afternoon – drive back to the coast with stops for roadside birding. Arrival in Varna late in the afternoon.
Transport by car (individuals, 2-3 p.) or minibus (more than 3 p.), B&B accommodation in an en-suite twin/double-bedded room in a small hotel or guest house, entrance fees in the protected sites and guiding.