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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Romania, home to largest colony of great white pelicans in Europe

More than 20,000 pelicans are currently living in Romania, according to a synchronous census of the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR), conducted in May this year.

Most of them, namely 19,993, are great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus), while 534 are Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus).

SOR’s counting was part of the first international census of pelicans in South-East Europe. The count was organized simultaneously in Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania, over three days (May 6-8).

The largest colony of great white pelicans in Europe can be found in Roșca-Buhaiova, a protected area in the Danube Delta. The great news is that this colony is growing bigger, as it was demonstrated by observations carried out in recent years, according to SOR.

“Aerial photos were taken while flying over this area, and then all the birds in these photos were counted individually with the help of specialized programs. The results indicate that we already have a record number for the oldest colony known to ornithologists. The location was mentioned as a colony of great white pelicans for more than a century, but now the colony has significantly expanded in the northwest,” reads the statement from SOR.

Over 18,600 white pelicans live in this colony, which is a new record for this area.

The census also found that, after at least 121 Dalmatian pelicans were killed by the bird flu last year in the Danube Delta, a new colony was observed.

Irina Popescu, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Romania, home to largest colony of great white pelicans in Europe

More than 20,000 pelicans are currently living in Romania, according to a synchronous census of the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR), conducted in May this year.

Most of them, namely 19,993, are great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus), while 534 are Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus).

SOR’s counting was part of the first international census of pelicans in South-East Europe. The count was organized simultaneously in Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania, over three days (May 6-8).

The largest colony of great white pelicans in Europe can be found in Roșca-Buhaiova, a protected area in the Danube Delta. The great news is that this colony is growing bigger, as it was demonstrated by observations carried out in recent years, according to SOR.

“Aerial photos were taken while flying over this area, and then all the birds in these photos were counted individually with the help of specialized programs. The results indicate that we already have a record number for the oldest colony known to ornithologists. The location was mentioned as a colony of great white pelicans for more than a century, but now the colony has significantly expanded in the northwest,” reads the statement from SOR.

Over 18,600 white pelicans live in this colony, which is a new record for this area.

The census also found that, after at least 121 Dalmatian pelicans were killed by the bird flu last year in the Danube Delta, a new colony was observed.

Irina Popescu, [email protected]

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