Record numbers of the breeding Eurasian Spoonbills in the colony at BSPB Poda Protected Site

Eurasian Spoonbill, photo: BSPB

Record numbers of the breeding Eurasian Spoonbills in the colony at Poda Protected Site were shown by the research, done by Julia Kestler, an internship student at the BSPB Nature Conservation Centre.

Since March 2015 Julia Kestler was studying the main aspects of the breeding of this emblematic species for the Poda Protected Site. In 1989 BSPB proposed the site for designation as protected area with the main reason to preserve the only Spoonbill colony along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The numbers of the breeding pairs has been monitored since the 1970s and the maximum number of the breeding pairs has been 30-35.

The research during the breeding season of 2015 showed that 27 pairs of this Red Data Book species have been breeding at Poda. This is very good news indeed, as during the years after 2010 the numbers of the pairs has fallen under 10. Amongst the many interesting facts, which Julia Kestler collected about the breeding of the Eurasian Spoonbills, is that in 2015 the birds virtually did not leave the protected area. During previous years the Spoonbills often were flying for food even to Atanasovsko Lake, some 7 km away. Another interesting feature is that this year the Spoonbills' nests were in 5 ‘clusters' - 4 on Tamarix bushes and 1 within the reedbeds itself.

No tagged individuals were observed during the entire season, also not amongst the birds feeding and roosting at different places within the protected area. And even now, when almost all juvenile birds have left the nests, rarely little groups are seen to fly north towards Atanasovsko Lake.

For more information:
BSPB Nature Conservation Centre PODA
Phone: +359 56 / 500 560
Mobile: + 359 878 252 722
E-mail: poda@bspb.org



Pair of Spoonbills, photo: Vladimir Deryabin