The ecological trail route starts from the central cordon of the Damchik site of the Reserve. Tourists are settled in long motor boats, repeating in shape fishing boats called “budarka”, which were built in the lower Volga from ancient times.
The central cordon of the Damchik part of the Astrakhan reserve is located on the banks of the Bystraya canal – this is the channel of the Old Volga. From here you can get to the place where the Volga flows into the Caspian Sea!
The first part of the route passes along the picturesque Volga channels, among reed beds and gallery willow forests. If you look forward, carefully, on the sides and deep into the coastal thickets, you can see a lot of interesting things.
Closer to the water, egrets, herons, and kingfishers usually sit on tree branches and snags, and the delta host, the white-tailed eagle, proudly sits on the tops of tall trees. Birds of prey often soar high in the sky, but an experienced guide will always be able to see them above and tell interesting facts about the life of eagles, red-fronted falcons, cheglock and ospreys.
If you are lucky, you can see an unforgettable scene of the hunting of white-tailed eagle, when he immediately snatches a fish out of the water. This mighty bird often accompanies a boat with sightseers, as if observing them. In the Volga delta there is the largest population of white-tailed eagle in Europe, so it is possible to take an excellent photo of this rare bird even during the shortest boat excursion.
Having passed several kilometers along the water route, the boats moor to the wooden platform at the beginning of the ecological trail, which is hidden in one of the winding eriks, branching from the main channel.