Monday, 21 August 2017

A Black Stork Spotted a Month Too Early in Bulgaria   
26 February 2014 | Confusion over seasons seems to be reigning amongst migrating birds just as amongst humans this year, global warming taking its tall. The unusually warm winter, which brought temperatures of 17-18 degrees Celsius in February in Bulgaria, has affected the behavior of storks. Flocks of them arrive every spring from Africa to nest all across the country or fly further North – usually at the end of March/beginning of April.

A black stork, who typically spends his summers in Russenski Lom Nature Reserve on Danube river, arrived on the 21st of February - a whole month ahead of his routine migration date. The management of the park was able to observe its arrival due to a camera, installed under its nest.

Rusenski Lom, which was proclaimed natural reserve 44 years ago, covers over 3200 hectares of land and is home to some 192 bird species. 124 of them are protected, including the extraordinary Egyptian Vulture (on the picture below, courtesy of Wikipedia), one of the most endangered ones.

The management of the park is currently working over some planned measures for bird protection. Over 100 electric polls are due to be isolated, in order to avoid occasional birds electrocution.




Foreign Wines Outnumbered Bulgarian Ones on Vinaria 2014 Competition

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Curiosity Chest

Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”

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Bansko Jazz Festival in Bulgaria: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Although Bankso is still best known as Bulgaria’s biggest and most modern winter resort and a skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts’ favourite, the town – nestled in the Pirin Mountain, has also established a reputation among music lovers as the host town of one of the country’s biggest jazz festivals. Full Story