Thursday, June 20, 2013

wild cat in Romania

Not one of mine, but taken by Pablo Serrano at Ultima Frontiera in the northern part of the Danube delta where I have spent the best part of the week

The easy highlight of a FAM trip to Romania's Danube Delta was a brief, but oh-so-sweet, night encounter with a genuine wild cat at the splendid Ultima Frontiera. This must be one of the top spots for trying to see wild cat in Europe I reckon. We found our male close to the edge of a track on a night-drive on an overcast and slightly damp evening which also produced an obvious hybrid. Another two drives on much clearer nights failed to produce another sighting but others did see one right by the hotel during our four night stay.

A poor image but a great encounter with a jackal pup that was found snoozing in the sun near an active burrow before waking abruptly upon discovery and hiding. Ultima Frontiera produced multiple sightings (day and night) of the impressive European moreoticus sub-species of golden jackal.

I am hoping to come back with groups in the future and am already looking forward to it!

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