The area provides good mixture of habitats, including coastal lake with extensive reed-beds, sandy beach and dunes, arable lands and stony steppe grasslands, small forested and bushy areas and villages. In summer time it is an easy place to observe Paddyfield Warbler, Collared Pratincole, Purple Heron and number of waterfowl species, including Ferruginous Duck. Good variety of bird species can be seen during the migration period, including Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, the three species of 'marsh' terns, and other. The lake is one of the main wintering areas of Red-breasted Goose, big number of other waterfowl, including Lesser White-fronted Goose and other. Durankulak Lake is the best place in Bulgaria, where there is some chance in winter time to see Great Bustard and Little Bustard.
From Durankulak village drive North and 300 m after the village turn East toward the Camping Kosmos on the beach (3 km from Durankulak). You can park there and walk along the beach and the lake. The Red-breasted Goose can be observed from the roads around Durankulak, depending the specific flight corridor between the roosting site in the lake and the arable fields around.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Plain, Steppe, Lake, Beach, Agriculture, Scattered trees and bushes, Dunes, Reedbeds, City/village
ConditionsFlat, Sandy, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Summer
RouteUnpaved road, Paved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
There is a watch platform established by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds - BirdLife Bulgaria, but it is closed to prevent its use by poachers. Nevertheless, from its staircase it is possible to observe the take-off of the geese or the birds in the lake.
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