WINTER Birding Tours in Dobrudja: Spotting Red-breasted Geese

Tousands of Red-breasted Geese
Are wintering in Dobrudja every year
Our Guides Team knows the places
where this beautiful birds are preening, drinking,grazing
Along with other species of GEESE
like White-fronted Geese
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South-East Romania, Dobruja is an wonderful land if you know when to visit it. Winter is one of the special seasons in Dobruja, here we can see a lot of geese, including the famous Red-breasted, White-fronted or Lesser White-fronted Goose, Whooper Swans and many raptors. Winter is an exceptional season for birders and photographers in Dobruja.

Best time: Red-breasted Geese are here from late November until early March. Best time is December 1st – February 25th.

The tour start/end in: Tulcea, Romania.

It’s an winter tour, a combination of photography and birdwatching tour. We have with us both, cameras and binoculars / scopes. If we can’t get close enough to the birds for (photo) shooting, we just enjoy their presence and see them through binoculars or scopes.

Dobruja is a fantastic place, especially in winter. Thousands of geese wintering here, sleeping at night on the lakes and swamps of the Danube Delta and grazing on day light on fields cultivated with cereals. Besides, a lot of other birds can be seen here in winter. We’re constantly looking to see and Buzzard of all kinds, Long-eared Owl, Nutcrackers, White Tailed Eagle, Spotted Eagle, Trumpeter Swans, Tits, Goldcrest, Bramblings and plenty of other forest birds. Now with the leafless forest, birds are very easy to see.

Our tours can take from 4 days / 3 nights to 7 days / 6 nights.

A proposal for the program of 4 days / 3 nights looks like:

Day 1 – We meet at Tulcea in the afternoon and you check in to a good 3 *** hotel. In the evening we have a technical meeting and discuss the program the next day.

Days 2 and 3 – At 6:00 we depart on field to see birds, our route will be established based on our fresh info on the field, we travel by our minibus (8 places). We scan fields for geese, especially Red Breasted Geese and other winter birds. We’ll search for feeding, preening or sleeping spots.

We have the lunch with us and we’ll eat it outside, in a nice place and in the evening we have the dinner at the hotel, in the same time we’ll take conclusions over the day and we plan the next day program.

For longer tours (more days), all days will be the same program, different will be only the route. Of course, we’ll insist also on other species of birds.

Day 4 – After breakfast we say “Goodbye” and finish our tour.

Accommodation in Tulcea

It is done in a 3 *** hotel in double rooms. We collaborate with very good quality hotels in Tulcea and know exactly where to accommodate you, according to our program.

Breakfast and dinner are in the restaurant and we will take lunch to go.

Cars

We move with an 8 +1 minivan (up to 6 pers) or 4X4 car (up to 3 pers), well maintained.

Guides

We have the best team of guides in this area. Guides are good specialists of these areas, they know exactly what and where to find geese and other birds. We will give you all the information you need, about birds and about the places we go.

Equipment

Being an winter tour that involves travel by land, you need a very good personal equipment. It should contain:

  • Waterproof clothing – in Dobruja even if it’s not rains, winter is likely to be fog and / or wind. Only good quality clothes will keep you warm and dry.
  • Waterproof footwear for mud – GOOD! boots and / or rubber boots  We will travel through mud or snow, even if not on long distance, though you should be well prepared for this.
  • The color of clothes is also very important. Please bring clothes in colors more natural, as close to the colors of nature surrounding. The brown camouflage pattern are the best. If you come in red clothes, yellow or other colors from the city you will certainly don’t get too close to wildlife.

As birdwatching equipment, you should have with you:

  • Binoculars (GOOD! one, it’s winter and light is not so generous)
  • Camera and spare batteries (cold weather is much faster download)
  • Books of birds in your language (if it’s other then English)

We’ll have with us:

  • A scope for the entire group
  • Water and food for lunch(es)

Day tours

Runs from 6 am to sunset. We drive on roads or not, the decision to cross a field belongs exclusively to the driver and will be taken depending on weather and road conditions (mud, ice, etc.).

Usually we go on the fields, scan for flocks of geese and then we find a good spot with the sun in the back and watch what happens. Is it possible to travel on foot, over relatively short distances to access a place where we can not reach by car.

If the weather gets worse (heavy snow or fog), guide and / or driver can interrupt the tour. Customer safety is first, we always want to make sure that we can get back to town without problems.

The price of this program is:

No of persNo of days
4d/3n5d/4n6d/5n7d/6n
18701,2001,6001,950
24906908901,090
3390530690800
4325445565685
5300415530645
6260360460560
No of nights of accommodation3456
No of day tours2345

Price is in EURO, per person and include VAT.

The price includes:

  • 3* hotel accommodation in double rooms for the number of nights selected
  • Meals (starting with dinner in the first day, exit with breakfast in the last day, you have all meals included)
  • Day tours in Dobrudja by car, for the number of selected days
  • Guide for the day tours

Optional:

  • Single supplement 30 Euro / person / night*

*For 1,3,5 pers group, a single is included in price.

Price does not include:

  • Drinks at the hotel bar
  • Other services or products not specified in the program
  • Any kind of insurance

Airport transfer:

We can do the transfers from Bucharest (also Airport) to Tulcea and back.

  • 1-3 pers – 150 euro/one way/car
  • 4-6 pers – 250 euro/one way/car

* NOT included in the package price!

** For other places of pick up, please request a price.

Contact

Email:

contact@discoverdanubedelta.com

Phone:

+40 749 120 009

+40 759 120 009

* For bookings or requests, we always prefer to communicate by email. Thank you!

Bookings

Before booking please read the terms and conditions, request a booking implies acceptance of terms and conditions.

Bookings are done based on a deposit of 20% of the total price of the program.

The rest of the payment have to be done 30 days before the tour start. If the tour is booked less then 30 days before departure, the full price will be paid.

Booking request form

Please fill the form below for a booking request. One of our agents will process your request and answer to you (usually in less then 24h). Please check also the SPAM folder for our email.
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