Volga River Delta

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Volga River Delta
The Volga River starts in the Valday Hills of northwestern Russia and flows 2,300 miles (3,700 km) before forming the largest river delta in Europe, and covers an area of 27,224 km² and is approximately 160 km across.A large area is covered by the Astrakhan Reserve - the first in former USSR to be established in 1920.It comprises of freshwater channels and lakes, extensive coastal shallows, alluvial islands and spits, with much water-fringe vegetation.Hence - Immense numbers of waterbirds breed in the delta, including 56,800 pairs of herons, cormorants Phalacrocorax, Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) alone, although this total has decreased in recent years. During migration, a total of 7 million waterbirds pass through the area in spring, and 5-10 million in the autumn. The number of waterfowl overwintering in the delta depends on the severity of the weather, but can include important numbers of Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus).
Breeding birds

Breeding birds

Breeding birds include:Greylag Goose (Anser anser), Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca),Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Great Egret (Casmerodius albus), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga),Common Coot (Fulica atra), Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), Black Tern (Chlidonias niger), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) and Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) (Birdlife International).
A full list of Important Bird Areas (IBA's) in Russia can be found by clicking here...

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