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  J Day Plovdiv, Black Sea, Green Valley, Arizona June - September, Black Sea English, Spanish, Bulgarian, Latin
  I am Jim Day, and I've been birding for 35 years. These days I split my year into three locations: The Bulgarian Black Sea, the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Green Valley, Arizona.

I've welcomed a number of BirdingPal visitors over the past several years, from many parts of the world, and it's always fun.

I also make a major birding trip yearly. Last year it was Madagascar, Namibia and Botswana, the prior year South Africa, and in each of the three years before that I birded in Colombia. This year I'm considering Australia. I started birding during my years in Texas.

Most of my Pals have found me at the Bulgarian Black Sea. I am based in Ravda, between Bourgas and Sunny Beach, and am usually in residence there from early June through most of September.

A few of the many birds we usually turn up include Black-headed Bunting, Dalmatian Pelican, Collared Pratincole, Slender-billed Gull, Bee-eater, and Pygmy Cormorant.

During fall migration starting about August 15, we get tens of thousands of White Stork, White Pelican, and a spectacular variety of raptors. One of the most popular local sites is Lake Atanasovsko, on the north side of Bourgas.

I'd also be happy to welcome Pals in Plovdiv and in Arizona.
The Bulgarian Black Sea, the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Green Valley, Arizona.

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V Kalatchev Srebarna Bioreserve, Silistra Anytime English
M Black Srebarna Biosphere Reserve Anytime English, Spanish, French, Bulgarian
Our region has the only breeding colony of Dalmatian Pelicans in Bulgaria and I'm usually available to accompany people around the reserve. My services are free but we are always happy to accept donations towards the cost of our work here. Please visit or
N Kambourova Srebarna, Silistra Anytime English
A Ralev Sofia, Dragoman Anytime English, Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian
I'm a member of the Balkani Wildlife Society and Bulgarian Ornithological Centre.

Currently I coordinate the project "Conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity in the region of Dragoman marsh and the calcareous hill of Chepun".

Dragoman Marsh is situated 40 km from Sofia and we have helped to be the only restored wetland in Bulgaria. It is perfect for 1-2 day birding trips.

We have registered more than 200 species of birds in the region. Breeding species include Ferruginous Ducks (Aythya nyroca), Great Bitterns (Botaurus stellaris), Crakes (Porzana sp.), Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus), Long-legged Buzzards (Buteo ruffinus), Eagle Owls (Bubo bubo), Isabelline Wheatears (Oenanthe isabellina), Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis), etc.
M Stoyanova Sofia, Dragoman Anytime Bulgarian, English, French, Russian
I love photographing birds. Some of my photos: I don't have a hide. There are humid areas (Nature 2000) near Sofia (40km) through which the Aristotels migratory route passes. Bulgaria is a small country, so every point for birdwatching is near Sofia (less than 600 km). Via Pontica migratory route is at 400 km. Although I'm not an ornitologist, I go photographing birds with great pleasure.
D Weeks Yambol Anytime English
Hi, I'm not an expert however having lived in this area of Bulgaria since 2006, I have taken a very keen interest and I have learn't lots about the flora and fauna here. Depending on the weather/time of year I can take you to see many species of bird, including many water birds including Kingfishers, Little Grebe, Heron, Night Heron, Little Bittern also raptors including Griffon Vultures, plus Golden Orioles, Penduline Tits, Pygmy Cormorants, Pelicans and Spoonbills, and a colony of Bee Eaters to name a few. I have am happy to take visitors out on day trips so please contact me for more information.

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I Nikolov Sofia, Dragoman Anytime Bulgarian, English, Russian
My name is Ivailo Nikolov. I graduated in the Faculty of Biology of the University of Sofia with two specializations: 1 - Zoology of vertebrates and anthropology (with diploma work defended in ornithology); 2 - Fishfarming and ichthyology. During the last more than ten years I took part in many monitoring and other research scientific programs, concerning regional and migration studies on the avifauna throughout the whole country. My main interests are directed to investigations of the ornithofaunistical communities in different habitats: woods, meadows, shrubby areas and of course wetlands. The great field experience in finding and determination of all Bulgarian birds visually or by voice, collected so far, is of special importance for my recent occupation as a birding guide in Bulgaria. If anyone wishes to enjoy some of the 22 globally-threatened species of birds in Bulgaria or just to observe concrete species/species list or to watch the avifauna of specific habitats, please contact me! I will make your stay here as fruitful as it is possible!

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