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Cormorants nestled in a tree, The Danube delta, Landscapes, Romania
Cormorants nestled in a tree

The countless lakes and marshes of the Danube Delta shelter more than 300 bird species, including the cormorant.

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The Danube delta Romania
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Danube delta

Rather than the gorges of the Danube (in the Iron gates area), it is the delta of the Danube River which should be a priority for exploration, because it displays a wild ecosystem that is unique in Europe. Since 1990, the site has been one of the world biosphere reserves selected by Unesco. Amidst rush and reed, the land is good for bird watching. You can see over 250 migrating bird species, of which there are 2,500 pairs of white pelicans, meeting here in the spring and autumn. Avocets, egrets, swans, ducks and plovers frolic freely above the lakes that are covered in water lilies and duckweed. On the banks and the alluvial soil, thick forests grow strong as a mixture of willows, ash and oak trees. If you wish to visit the delta, the best thing to do is to go to one of the ports (Galati, Maniuc, Crisan) by tourist shuttle, then see if you can get the help of a fisherman on a rowing boat to cross the canals. At the far ends of the branches of the delta, you can see some fishermen's villages with their clay and thatch huts, some of which are inhabited by people of Russian origin. The starting point for most excursions is the town of Tulcea. Here, travel agencies and hotels organise cruises or fishing expeditions.

The Danube delta

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Danube delta, Landscapes, Romania
A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Listed as a World Heritage Site since 1991, the Danube Delta is a vast territory that covers nearly 2,000 miČ and is a veritable sanctuary for thousands of species.

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Large white pelicans on Danube Lake, The Danube delta, Landscapes, Romania
Large white pelicans on Danube Lake

These are the king of birds in the delta: in September, more than 3,000 white pelicans gather here before migrating to Africa.

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The Danube Delta: a unique place, The Danube delta, Landscapes, Romania
The Danube Delta: a unique place

In addition to serving as a shelter for more than 300 bird species, 45 fish species, and 1,200 varieties of plants, the Danube Delta is the most vast and best preserved delta in Europe.

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A gathering point for many birds, The Danube delta, Landscapes, Romania
A gathering point for many birds

Of the 300 bird species listed in the Danube Delta, 250 are migratory species.

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Sunset on the Danube Delta., The Danube delta, Landscapes, Romania
Sunset on the Danube Delta.

The Danube Delta is the most recent geological formation in Romania and branches off into 3 main arteries: Saint-George, Sulina and Chilia (in the Ukraine).

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