It’s a great opportunity now for birdwatchers to see a lot of different species on Pomorie Lake where they come for a breeding season. Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre is the main bird-watching spot. It works from 10.00 to 18.00, Monday – closed. In several weeks you can join the main activity for birders in the area – the Conservation Brigade Pomorie Lake. At the end of this post, download a free guide to birdwatching vacations in Pomorie and beyond.

The biodiversity at Pomorie Lake. Infographic
The biodiversity at Pomorie Lake. Infographic © Tatyana Garkavay

Pomorie Lake at the birds’ breeding season

I spent about two hours there observing different species through binoculars, a live video feed, and learning about them on an exciting guided tour with a great guide and passionate birdwatcher Alexander Dobrev. 

5 Amazing Birds to Observe
At the balcony at Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre during my visit. © Tatyana Garkavaya

From April to September, it’s not allowed to approach the lake to not disturb the birds. Visitors can get more close-ups using telescopes and binoculars available at Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre.

The devices allow for watching the birds in a radius of about 2 km. A large screen on the wall of the center with live video is an additional source of observation.   Together with Alexander, we selected 5 of the most fascinating birds each can spot at this time.

Learn Pomorie Lake birds!

Sandwich terns

The sandwich tern is a seagull-like seabird and it’s the main symbol of Pomorie Lake. According to Alexander Dobrev, the number of nesting pairs has recently risen from just 6 (in the 1990s) to 1500. Green Balkans and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers’ restored the birds’ habitats. 

A colony of sandwich terns at Pomorie Lake
A colony of sandwich terns at Pomorie Lake. © Green Balkans

The sandwich terns don’t build nests but simply create hollows in the sands. So, they are extremely vulnerable to predators. To protect their eggs, the birds apply a very smart strategy. They choose more aggressive neighbors, as a rule, other types of seagulls. Additionally, their eggs have a very special design that matches well with the sand and becomes invisible to predators. 

Great Crested Grebes

With over 50 cm long, the Great Crested Grebe is the largest grebe species in Pomorie. And it’s one of the most beautiful too; juveniles boast gorgeous reddish plumage.

The great crested grebe
The great crested grebe. © Green Balkans

It’s very interesting to watch the species feeding. An excellent swimmer, it can disappear under the water ut to two minutes, and suddenly show up dozens of meters away from its initial point. Interestingly, the nest is built by both sexes. The babies-grebes start swimming almost at hatching.

Black Winged Stilts

Black-winged stilts are probably the most sophisticated birds at Pomorie Lake due to their long ping legs. A flock of long-legged stilts with their cute grey chicks immediately capture the attention of birdwatchers.

The black-winged stilt
The black-winged stilt. © Green Balkans

The birds favour shallow lakes and ponds, and they usually share their habitat with avocets.

Pied Avocets

With their distinctive white and black plumage, pied avocets are the second most popular birds in Pomorie after sandwich terns.

A colony of pied avocets at Pomorie Lake
A colony of pied avocets at Pomorie Lake. © Green Balkans

They like mixing up with other waders and lay on average 4 eggs every season.

Pygmy Cormorants

Occupying the sticks at Pomorie Lake, pygmy cormorants represent incredible displays.

A colony of pygmy cormorants at Pomorie Lake
A colony of pygmy cormorants at Pomorie Lake. © Green Balkans

One of the most beautiful moments is when the bird stays steel with its open flights, each can reach 100 cm.

Plan your visit to the Pomorie Lake Centre

During my visit, I could see about 10 species on Pomorie Lake each of which triggered incredibly positive emotions. I was particularly amused by the fidgety atmosphere around pied avocet and their chicks. And the impressive display of the pygmy cormorants on the sticks abreast impressed me with its solemn grandeur. 

I particularly liked that there were no stuffed animals in the Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre but instead a great collection of plastic figures of the main species represented in the area. Also, very informative stands provided a wide range of information about species diversity. 

Attending the centre and buying a ticket for 4 levs (2 euros), visitors support the biodiversity of Pomorie Lake. The money collected will be used on conservation activities (building new islands, cleaning the canals, etc). 

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