A short trip in the Danube Delta
Some friends from Tulcea invited us to see them this weekend, and we took the opportunity to go on a day trip in the Danube Delta. To get to Tulcea from abroad, one has a few choices – fly to Bucharest or to Constanța, then either by road (some 5 hours from Bucharest, around 2 from Constanța) or by train, which I really don’t recommend, you get to Tulcea. If you have access to a private plane, you can also fly to Tulcea – the airport is just a few kilometers from the city, but as far as I know no scheduled flights go there – and it’s a shame.
Compared to the previous time we went there, there seemed to be less birds, but definitely more tourists (as our guide said, there were just as many birds as in previous years, but they preferred to go to more secluded lakes to get away from the noise). As you can see on the map, we only covered a tiny fraction of the Danube Delta so I’m pretty sure he was right.
We mainly saw pelicans alone or in pairs (they usually live in flocks and seeing 20 to 50 individuals at a time is not uncommon), a few dwarf seagulls, some egrets and some other birds I that don’t know.
However, we all enjoyed the trip, but the children loved it, especially my youngest son who was for the first time on a boat and would have jumped out of it and into the water to swim and play if he had the chance (he, too, loves the water).
Also on this trip, me and my 5 year old son tried our luck fishing – both of us for the first time! And beginners’ luck: we caught 7 fish between us, this being the first. So this bird caught a bigger fish than we did – for one thing, the bird had way more experience than us. Plus, it is a matter of life and death for it to catch fish; we kissed the fish we caught and threw them back; later in the day we ate a delicious meal made entirely of fish – caught by others, of course