One of the main migration routes in Europe - Via Pontica passes over Burgas. This route is followed by many species of birds of prey, waterfowl and songbirds, some traditionally stopping to rest, while others remain to winter and nest.
Autumn migration begins in August and lasts until the end of October. Currently, flocks of white storks and pink pelicans pass over the Burgas Bay in large numbers, followed by black storks and birds of prey.
Among the best locations for the observation of migratory birds are the designated places in the area of Poda, eco park Vaya and Atanasovsko lake. Huge flocks of pink pelicans are a common sight in Lake Vaya during the season. The ornithologists are most impressed to meet with all four species of marsh harriers and the evening kestrel (Falco vespertinus).
Burgas is a unique place for every lover of nature and birds. Part of the city itself is a nature reserve included in Natura2000 as one of the most important places for ornithologists in Europe.
Wherever you look at it, Burgas is surrounded by water - to the east is the Black Sea, and west of the beach are three different lakes - Bourgas, Atanasovsko and Mandra. They form the largest complex of coastal lakes in Bulgaria with exceptional biological diversity. 340 of all 430 species of birds described for the country have been found in the lakes, which makes them an attractive place for ornithology enthusiasts. The Burgas lakes have been declared Ramsar sites.
Images: Dragomir Georgiev, Zhecho Planinski and Colin J.D. Stewart