Wintering

Most of the Red-breasted geese spend the winter in coastal Dobrudzha – Northeast Bulgaria and Southeast Romania, as the biggest numbers of geese are usually counted at the Lakes Shabla and Durankulak in Bulgaria. Both lakes are in the Ramsar Convention List of Wetlands of International Importance. Except for giving shelter to the Red-breasted Geese, these wetlands are important for many other species.



photo Emil Enchev

The geese spend the night in the lakes and early in the morning fly towards the adjoining fields sown with grain crops. The Red-breasted Geese feed in mixed flocks with the Greater White-fronted Geese and the Greylag Geese, and often close to them also pasture smaller flocks of swans. 


photo Emil Enchev

A peaceful wetland for the night rest and lavish food are the two vital factors, which attracted the geese to the region of Shabla and Durankulak.
In warmer winters the geese move north to Romania and Ukraine and in very cold months Red-breasted geese can be seen at the Burgas Lakes and at the big dams in South Bulgaria.