Pelican Lake Guesthouse Environmental Project Centre, Srebarna.

We live at the Pelican Lake Guesthouse & Environmental Project Centre Srebarna, adjacent to the Biosphere Reserve in North East Bulgaria. We provide regular updates on our project work and reports on activity on the reserve. We co-operate closely with a number of other conservation organisations to ensure a sustainable future for wildlife and the environment. Details of our current projects and info about Pelican Lake Guesthouse can be found here;

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Guests give a helping hand

Earlier this month we were fortunate to have the lovely Radnell family with us for a few days.

Sam was a great help in the garden watering the flowers and eating the fruit with Peggy and Vladi....

David too did his fair share of the workload, harvesting the peas...

and Elina was busy picking cherries.....

A great time was had by all......

Srebrana, June 27-29, 2008
David Radnell

Podiceps cristatus Great Crested Grebe
Podiceps ruficollis Little Grebe
Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican
Pelecanus onocrotalus White Pelican
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant
Phalacrocorax pygmeus Pygmy Cormorant
Nycticorax nycticorax Night Heron
Ixobrychus minutus Little Bittern 2+ active at the 2nd view point on West side
Ardeola ralloides Squacco Heron
Egretta garzetta Little Egret
Egretta alba Great Egret
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron
Ardea purpurea Purple Heron
Ciconia ciconia White Stork
Platalea leucorodia Spoonbill Close views on 1st overlook on East side
Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis
Cygnus olor Mute Swan
Anser anser Greylag Pair with two young, 1st overlook East side. Very shy
Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck 1st overlook East side. Main road overlook
Anas platyrhynchos Mallard
Anas querquedula Garganey
Aythya ferina Pochard
Aythya nyroca Ferruginous Duck
Aythya fuligula Tufted Duck 1 at 1st overlook East side.
Circus aeruginosus Marsh Harrier
Buteo buteo Buzzard
Falco subbuteo Hobby
Phasianus colchicus Pheasant Heard only
Fulica atra Coot
Gallinula chloropus Moorhen
Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt
Larus cachinnans Yellow-legged Gull
Larus ridibundus Black-headed Gull
Chlidonias hybrida Whiskered Tern
Sterna hirundo Common Tern
Columba palumbus Wood Pigeon
Cuculus canorus Cuckoo
Coracias garrulus Roller
Dendrocopos syriacus Syrian Woodpecker
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow
Hirundo daurica Red-rumped Swallow
Luscinia megarhynchos Nightingale
Turdus merula Blackbird
Acrocephalus arundinaceus Great Reed Warbler
Sylvia curruca Lesser Whitethroat
Aegithalos caudatus Long-tailed Tit
Remiz pendulinus Penduline Tit
Parus major Great Tit
Parus caeruleus Blue Tit
Fringilla coelebs Chaffinch
Carduelis carduelis Goldfinch
Coccothraustes coccothraustes Hawfinch
Sturnus vulgaris Starling
Oriolus oriolus Golden Oriole
Pica pica Magpie
Corvus corone Hooded Crow

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Great Green Bush Cricket

While out in the garden picking strawberries this jumped onto my arm....

This beautiful Great Green Bush Cricket , Terrigonia viridissima , was somewhere between pronymph and adult stage, as you can see it's wings were still wet but it had developed most of it's green colouring.