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The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - COVER STORY -

Bird­ing by river­boat

A flotilla of pel­i­cans splashes down on the wa­ter, while bee-eaters and red-footed fal­cons hunt in­sects over­head, and the vast reed beds are alive with the ter­ri­to­rial clam­our of war­blers and frogs.

Such wet­land abun­dance may re­call the Oka­vango Delta or the Pan­tanal, yet the Danube Delta lies at the heart of Europe, where the great river splits into a labyrinth of wa­ter­ways as it ap­proaches the Black Sea.

From a house­boat you can en­joy at leisure both the wildlife and the colour­ful fish­ing vil­lages, whose tra­di­tional fare is served on board.

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