The delta of the Danube River represents one of the last natural paradises in Europe, a network of channels, lakes, and lush forest. It is home to a fascinating mix of cultures, people and a huge diversity of birds, presided over by the greatest of them all, the pelican.
The Danube Delta is a refuge for people like you, who love the peace and quiet of nature. As you explore the vast complex of lakes and channels, you will discover a dream world still untrammeled by human intervention. Occupying some 5800 sq.km, the Danube Delta is the second largest in Europe, after the Volga Delta. It was formed approximately 12,000 years ago at the point, where the Danube flows into the Black Sea. The Danube arises in the German Black Forest and flows across 10 countries, a distance of 2,860 km. It flows into the Black Sea as three main branches: the Chilia, Sulina, and Sf. Gheorghe (Saint George).
All of the Danube Delta was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1990. It is part of the world’s natural patrimony, and is managed by a state institution located in the town of Tulcea. The managing body is overseen by a governor. The main objective of the DDBRA (www.ddbra.ro) is to preserve and protect the huge natural patrimony, that still persists in this natural paradise. Another main objective of the DDBRA is the ecological reconstruction of areas destroyed by the impact of human activities.
The fauna includes many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as 3,018 species of invertebrates. Birders can admire approximately 330 species of birds over the course of the year, many of them otherwise very rare in Europe.
The quintessential Danube Delta bird is the Pelican, represented by both European species: the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) and the White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus). Other notable birds found in the Delta include Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus), Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis; winter only), European Roller (Coracias garrulus), European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos syriacus), Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), European Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), and a host of others.
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