Wildlife photographers are invited to join us for this seven-night birds of the Danube Delta Photography holiday in Mila 23 & Macin Mountain in . You will visit one of 's premier wetlands, home to more than 320 bird species, to capture images of the birdlife on & above the waters that make up the second-largest river delta in .


This trip, scheduled for 24th - 31st May 2025, has an itinerary designed to enable you to photograph some of the birdlife we will find in this vitally important wetland, the Danube Delta biosphere reserve, including Bittern, Black Tern, Black-necked Grebe, Common Buzzard, Common Pochard, Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, Glossy Ibis, Great Cormorant, Little Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Night Heron, Purple Heron, Pygmy Cormorant, Red-necked Grebe, Squacco Heron, Whiskered Tern, White Pelican, White Stork.

The locations used throughout the birds of the Danube Delta Photography trip have been included to provide you with opportunities for capturing images of the wildlife & birdlife found in this area, one of the most bio-diverse places in Europe.

Throughout this seven-night bird photography holiday one of our photography guides will be on hand to guide & lead you; they will be providing assistance & advice as needed & helping you develop your skills & will help you capture images of the wildlife of this famed region.

About the Danube Delta


The Danube Delta is the second-largest river delta in Europe, located in . Over the last 5,500 years, the Danube has slowly flowed into the Black Sea, creating the delta. The delta is made up of 41,000 hectares of wetlands, which is home to an amazing array of wildlife. It is one of the few remaining areas in Europe where the wildlife is completely untouched by humans. The Danube Delta is one of Romania's most important natural reserves. It is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site & a Ramsar site.

What birds are found in the Danube Delta?


The Danube Delta is one of the largest wetlands in Europe & is home to a wealth of wildlife, including various species of birds. Common birds spotted in the area include the , , Eurasian Teal, Red-footed Falcon, , , Red-breasted Goose, , & . Our guests may also be lucky enough to spot more elusive species, such as the Pygmy , the , the Ferruginous Duck, the White-tailed Eagle, & the . The Danube Delta is an excellent destination for bird photography, offering a unique insight into the region's biodiverse variety of natural life.

How many birds are found in the Danube Delta?


The Danube Delta is a unique & important bird sanctuary, home to over 300 species of birds. Its sheltered wetlands, fish-laden rivers, & abundant vegetation create the perfect conditions for birds to nest, feed, & thrive.
A White-Tailed Eagle takes flight - typical of the kind of image you will capture during the Danube Delta Photography trip

Birdlife of the Danube Delta Photography Holiday Itinerary

The following is the proposed itinerary for this photography holiday, it should be considered provisional & subject to change.
  • Day 1 - Assemble Henri Coandă International Airport, Bucharest - transfer to Mila 23 - overnight in Mila 23
  • Day 2 - Morning & afternoon photography from boat, floating hides or fixed hides in the Danube Delta - overnight in Mila 23
  • Day 3 - Morning & afternoon photography from boat, floating hides or fixed hides in the Danube Delta - overnight in Mila 23
  • Day 4 - Morning & afternoon photography from boat, floating hides or fixed hides in the Danube Delta - overnight in Mila 23
  • Day 5 - Morning photography from fixed hides or at a small bay - transfer to Macin Mountain National Park - overnight in Greci Village
  • Day 6 - Photography Within the Macin Mountain National Park - overnight in Greci Village
  • Day 7 - Photography Within the Macin Mountain National Park - overnight in Greci Village
  • Day 8 - Photography at the Black Coast - transfer to Henri Coandă International Airport, Bucharest
A Great White Egret fishing - typical of the kind of image you will capture during the Danube Delta Photography trip

Birdlife of the Danube Delta Photography Holiday Highlights

We have taken care to refine the itinerary for this wildlife photography holiday; as such, we consider the following to be amongst the highlights of this tour.
  • Multi centre trip to some of the best locations within Romania for bird photography
  • Photograph white-tailed sea eagles, various types of egret & herons all within this unique wetland environment
  • Take photographic opportunities from a unique camouflaged photography boat, permanent hides & mobile hides
  • Possibility of using floating hides
  • Experienced boatman is also an expert in stalking birds & wildlife
  • Stay for seven-nights on a full board, non-shared basis
  • Great guide to client ratio of no more than 1:5
  • Guided by Drew Sproule for NatureLens
  • Single occupancy accommodation is provided at no extra cost to you
A gorgeous Night Heron comes in for a landing - typical of the kind of image you will capture during the Danube Delta Photography trip

Herons of the Daube Delta

Several types of heron are found within the Danube Delta, including the Squacco Heron. The Squacco Heron is a small stout heron which favours freshwater marshes, lakes, & ponds with reeds & other surrounding vegetation. The Squacco Heron tends to hunt rather sluggishly, crouched quietly at the edge of the water; when resting, the Squacco Heron appears buffy brown overall, but in flight transforms to predominantly white when the bird’s white wings & tail are revealed. Breeding adult Squacco Herons have a rich buffy neck, whilst non-breeding, juvenile Squacco Herons are identified from their streaked necks.

The Purple Heron is another species of heron likely to be seen during this photography holiday. The Purple Heron is a large heron with a rusty head & streaky neck; a juvenile Purple Heron is identifiable by being rusty brown on its upper parts. The Purple Heron favours fresh marshes with tall reeds & other vegetation. The Purple Heron is often more retiring than the more common Gray Heron & is rarely seen in open situations.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance – it is a requirement when booking on any wildlife photography holiday scheduled by NaturesLens that you have adequate travel insurance, we suggest a policy from TrailFinders or Campbell Irvine.

Camera Insurance

Insuring your camera equipment before embarking on any wildlife photographic holiday is crucial. Our trips often involve venturing into remote, & sometimes unpredictable environments where accidents & unexpected incidents occur. Insuring your camera gear provides financial protection against theft, loss, or damage, ensuring your investment is safeguarded.

Wildlife photography involves capturing unique & irreplaceable moments, & without proper insurance, any unforeseen mishap could result in significant monetary losses. By insuring your equipment, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that you’re covered in case of any unfortunate events, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring world of wildlife & capture stunning photographs without worry.

We recommend PhotoGuard for amateur photographers or Glover Howe, who we use.

A perched bee-eater - typical of the kind of image you will capture during the Danube Delta Photography trip

What images can I hope to capture during the Danube Delta Bird Photography Holiday

All the photos shown on this page are chosen from those contributed by Drew; he guided the trip in 2022 & sent in plenty of fabulous images from thousands he captured during his time on the fantastic estate of El Taray.

You are invited to join us for our seven-night itinerary to photograph the wildlife of Europe's premier wetlands which is home to more than 320 bird species & therefore presents amazing photographic opportunities

The Birds of the Danube Delta photography holiday is a seven-night duration event, that costs £2849 & takes place in Mila 23 in Romania, between the dates of 24th - 31st May 2025. It is ideal for photographing the wildlife of Europe's premier wetlands which is home to more than 320 bird species, including Bittern, Black Tern, Black-necked Grebe, Common Buzzard, Common Pochard, Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, Glossy Ibis, Great Cormorant, Little Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Night Heron, Purple Heron, Pygmy Cormorant, Red-necked Grebe, Squacco Heron, Whiskered Tern, White Pelican & White Stork. This photography holiday is led by Robin Lowry for NaturesLens.

The Birds of the Danube Delta photography holiday is offered on a half board, single occupancy with no single supplement payable basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 6, plus Robin.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring easy effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Birds of the Danube Delta photography holiday starts & ends at Henri Coandă International Airport. Transfers are included between Henri Coandă International Airport & Mila 23 then onwards to Macin Mountain.

The Birds of the Danube Delta photography holiday requires a deposit of £550 to secure a place.

The Birds of the Danube Delta photography holiday is a seven-night duration event, that costs £2849 & takes place in Mila 23 in Romania, between the dates of 24th - 31st May 2025. It is ideal for photographing the wildlife of Europe's premier wetlands which is home to more than 320 bird species, including Bittern, Black Tern, Black-necked Grebe, Common Buzzard, Common Pochard, Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, Glossy Ibis, Great Cormorant, Little Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Night Heron, Purple Heron, Pygmy Cormorant, Red-necked Grebe, Squacco Heron, Whiskered Tern, White Pelican & White Stork. This photography holiday is led by Robin Lowry for NaturesLens.

The Birds of the Danube Delta photography holiday is offered on a half board, single occupancy with no single supplement payable basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 6, plus Robin.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring easy effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Birds of the Danube Delta photography holiday starts & ends at Henri Coandă International Airport. Transfers are included between Henri Coandă International Airport & Mila 23 then onwards to Macin Mountain.

The Birds of the Danube Delta photography holiday requires a deposit of £550 to secure a place.

NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead.

In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.

All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.

NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.

NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.

NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday participants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.

Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

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