The biggest Bulgarian natural lake, situated within the administrative boundaries of the city of Burgas and surrounded by asphalt roads from all sides. Its proximity to the westernmost point of the Black Sea makes the place a typical bottle-neck area for the soaring migrants, waders, gulls, passerines and other. Its average depth of about one meter is very suitable for many bird species to profit from the abundant food resources of the lake. The most preferable place for the foraging pelicans during the periods of migration (up to 55,000 birds per season) and for the wintering White-headed Duck, Common Pochard during the winter season. In some years this is the main roosting place for Red-breasted Goose in winter time.
One of the reccommended birding areas is the Eastern bank of the lake, to the South of the only traffic lights on the road along the Eastern bank. Lot of suitable place to park and possibility to drive or walk along the bank.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Lake, Reedbeds, City/village
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Autumn migration, Spring migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
You can obtain actual and more detailed birding information at any time from the closely situated BSPB - BirdLife Bulgaria Poda Centre (see birding site Poda Reserve).
Entering your records into the free mobile application SmartBirds Pro https://smartbirds.org/ you will help Nature conservation in Bulgaria.