Wildlife Photography
             in Bulgaria

Natural Park Rusenski Lom

The park includes the valley of the last right feeder of the Danube - the river Rusenski Lom and the river valleys of Mali, Beli and Cherni Lom.  These form a complex of protected areas including the Natura 2000 territories famous in Bulgaria under the name  Lomovete. The park also prides on the Ivanovo rock-hewn churches with preserved authentic  13-century iconography, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The rivers have formed close but diverse and beautiful canyons where  rocks in places rise over 100 meters. The first impression of the visitor is that he is in the mountains. The human presence and activity is limited to some tourists and  local farmers. The river meanders are surrounded by picturesque rocks, forests, arable, meadows, pastures and wetlands. The biodiversity is impressive in the area. There are 1000 species of vascular plants, 70 species of mammals /wolf, wild cat, golden jackal/, 10 amphibian, 19 reptile species, 205 species of birds including 115 species of nesting birds. The specific landscape creates circumstances that are ideal for the rock nesting birds. Among the species inhabiting the area are the Egyptian Vulture, Owls, Buzzards, Black Stork, Red-rumped Swallow, Ruddy Shelduck. The combination of rocks, water and woods creates perfect environment for a lot more birds such as  Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Black Woodpecker, Honey Buzzard, Alpin Swift, Great Reed Warbler.  The park is a protected area in Bulgaria with the highest number of nesting Rollers-between 70-100 pairs. Over 200 pairs of Golden Orioles make it a favorite place for photographing of this specie in Bulgaria. This significant biodiversity places Rusenski Lom Natural Park in one of  the top destinations for wildlife photography in Bulgaria.. The park has 4 wetlands formed by numerous ponds and temporary river spills that attract large numbers of aquatic birds. The unique coexistence between rock nesting birds and aquatic birds gives uniqueness and charisma to Rusenski Lom Natural Park.

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