Durankulak Lake

Dobrich Region  >  Bulgaria

Natural coastal lake with reed-beds and surrounded by sandy beach and agriculture lands. Best place to see Paddyfield Warbler and wintering Red-breasted Goose.

Added* by Petar Iankov
Most recent update 13 April 2020


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 Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Steppe , Lake , Beach , Agriculture , Scattered trees and bushes , Dunes , Reedbeds , City/village


Flat , Sandy , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Summer


Unpaved road , Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

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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