Burgas Lakes- Birds Watching
Sitting on the verge of the fresh water Burgas lakes and the salt water Black Sea, Poda Nature Preserve gives an excellent birds watching opportunities with as many as 265 different species of birds having been spotted here. The Via Pontica, Europe’s second largest flyway for migratory birds, passes directly over the Poda Preserve.
These include the the only mixed colony of European Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) on the Black Sea coast; the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus); and Nocturnal, Red, Gray, Ringed, and Lesser Herons (Ardea).
There are 46 species of nesting birds, the most attractive of which are the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo); the greater cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo); various kinds of diving ducks (Aythya); other species of waterfowl (Anatidae); and the Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus).
During the winter months, the area from Bourgas’ Foros Bay to the Poda Reserve is visited by a variety of migratory species: the Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus), the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), the Tundra Swan (Cygnus bewickii), and others.
There is a visitor centre in the complex where the tourists are given a brief introduction and guided to the roof terrace. There are some binoculars and telescopes that the visitors can use up there. It was quite remarkable to be able to watch the birds up close and undisturbed. Poda Center undertakes year-round research on migratory birds, but the best time to observe them is during the months of March, April, August, and September.
Info Poda Centre for birds watching
Distance from Nessebar port: 42 km
Distance from Burgas port: 7 km
Duration of the visit: 30 min