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Manuel Presti - Danube Delta, Romania IV

Thursday, September 17th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

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One evening after dinner, in our comfortable floating hotel, we were studying the map of Danube Delta to decide how to continue with our strategy for finding big groups of White Pelican. One thing I learnt, even if the linear ...

Manuel Presti - Danube Delta, Romania III

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

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After several days, my morning procedure has become routine: alarm at 4:15am, 10 min needed to realize who I am, what I’m doing and …why I’m doing it. After that, Iliuta preparing coffee for us, a silent breakfast in the ...

Manuel Presti – The Danube Delta, Romania II

Sunday, July 12th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

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A fairly strong northerly wind is blowing already at 5:30am on the Danube as I step into our small riverboat for another long day to be spent on the channels and lakes of this immense Delta. My top priority in this ...

Manuel Presti - The Danube Delta, Romania

Saturday, June 20th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

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A friendly smile welcomes me at Bucharest Airport as I land in Romania for my second Wild Wonders of Europe mission. It’s Helmut Ignat, a passionate Romanian nature photographer with a sincere love for the Danube Delta: he’ll join me for ...

Manuel Presti - Durankulak Lake, Bulgaria IV

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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The quest for the geese in Bulgaria has been getting like the move in a chess game: you have almost no clue what the first/next move of the other player will be! There is just one sure thing that will happen, ...

Manuel Presti - Durankulak Lake, Bulgaria III

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

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In the morning the wind is so cold that I have the impression it cuts my face like a knife, yet the locals tell me it’s a mild winter this year… (maybe I should drink one more grappa at breakfast). Anyway, ...

Manuel Presti - Durankulak Lake, Bulgaria – Part II

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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The motto of this mission is: “maybe yes, maybe not”. Everyone supporting me during this quest of Branta ruficollis, perhaps the most beautiful goose in the world, keeps telling me that getting this bird in the right light and close up ...

Manuel Presti - Durankulak, Bulgaria I

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

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I’m in the north-east corner of Bulgaria, close to the Black Sea coast. The flat countryside of wheat and corn fields with some sparse bush belts is the playground for the local wind blowing at 70-80 km/h and the ...