The Danube - Europe's Blue River
Great white pelicans(Pelecanus onocrotalus) in flight, Danube Delta, Ukraine
The Danube delta, off Romania and the Ukraine, is home to the largest colony of pelicans outside Africa.
Two-and-a-half thousand breeding pairs of pelicans arrive every spring in the Danube delta. They're attracted to the 5,000 square kilometre region because it is such an isolated wildlife paradise and the largest reed bed in the world.
The pelicans and other wildlife are protected as part of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. The reserve is supported by WWF, and has areas, like the pelican colony, that are strictly guarded and other areas where traditional fishing can be practiced.