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Cape Kaliakra

Dobrich Region  >  Bulgaria

One of the most attractive birding places in Bulgaria. Typical bottle-neck site with excellent combination of sea cliffs, steppe, rocky valley with marshland.

Added by Petar Iankov

Description

Interesting combination of various habitats (sea, sea cliffs, stony steppe, rocky gorge with a marsh with river vegetation) in addition to specific geographical position (the coasline sharply turns from North-South into East-West orientation), which makes the site very important for migrating birds. Situated in the North-Eastern part of Bulgaria, it supports some species with eastern distribution, such as Pied Wheatear, and makes the place the closest to Western Europe to see this species. Cliffs provide breeding sites for the Eastern race of the European Shag - Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii. Intensive migration of birds of many species attracts here Eleonora's FalconPeregrine Falcon and other, and the abundance of rodents makes Kaliakra traditional breeding site of the Eurasian Eagle Owl. In May flocks of Rosy Starling pass through the area, and breed there in some years.

Details

Access

The site is well marked, and there is a park site near to the very cape, from where you can walk. There are possibilities to park the car in the near valley (Bolata Valley) and to explore it on foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Plain, Steppe, Agriculture, Grassland, Plateau, Canyon, Valley, River, Sea, Reedbeds

Conditions

Flat, Hilly, Rocky, Open landscape

Circular trail

Yes

Is a telescope useful?

Yes

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer, Autumn migration, Spring migration

Route

Paved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Extra info

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