Branta Tours hosts a mega rare winter visitor!

Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) pays a visit to Branta Birding Lodge!.
On 13 November 2019, during a bird survey of the coastal habitats around the northeastern part of Durankulak Lake (North-East Bulgaria), I made a rare observation of a single 1cy Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) feeding on the rough surface of the Black Sea shallows, just 50 meters from the beach and 100 meters to the south of the camping site. The bird, keeping close to a local flock of Black-headed Gulls, was not shy and was spinning round rapidly in the manner typical of phalaropes when feeding.

This phalarope breeds in the Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia, and normally migrates south to South America and South Africa, well out to sea. The depressions currently bringing heavy rain and floods to Western and Central Europe could have driven this bird off course. Pavel Simeonov was lucky enough to photograph the wanderer, only the second record for Bulgaria. He said that this part of the Bulgarian coast is famous for the occurrence of many rare birds each spring and autumn and eagerly awaits what surprises each season will bring next!

Photo by Pavel Simeonov (Branta Tours)

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