Operation Commando Delta

Time and location: April 2-3, 2011 – Danube Delta
Weather conditions: perfect for indoor activities
Mission description
Main objective: to penetrate remote deltaic areas susceptible to bird invasion and capture as many birds as possible, depending on memory card capacity;
Secondary objectives:
– to ensure troops moral by means of proper entertainment;
– to fully neutralize any enemy occupation of own territories pertaining to plates, dishes, bottles and glasses.

1. The Crew

Commander Mihai and his troop transporter
Captain Mihnea
Skipper Codruț
Lieutenant Mari
Ensign Iulia
Chief George (securing meal for the troops)
Sergeant Vlad and Cadet Officer Sia

Major Corina and the youngest crew member, private Maria

2. Weaponry and operational tactics

Combined firepower of 800 mm, mounted on canons
In march on the transporter deck – Commander Mihai and Corporal Cristi (head of the Shpritz Department)
Neutralizing enemy occupation of our plates, dishes, bottles and glasses
When enemy is overwhelming, we need backup. Here – Iliuță Goean

3. Captures

Yellow-legged Gull (pescăruș cu picioare galbene, Larus michahellis) and a jackfish or pike, depending on which side of the Atlantic you spell it (știucă, Esox lucius), Killed-In-Action

Black-headed gull (pescăruş râzător, Larus ridibundus)

Black woodpecker (ciocănitoare neagră, Dryocopus martius)

A pair of White-tailed Eagles (codalb, Haliaeetus albicilla)

Marsh Harrier (erete de stuf, Circus aeruginosus)

Black-necked Grebes (corcodel cu gât negru, Podiceps nigricollis)

Red-necked Grebes (corcodel cu gât roşu, Podiceps grisegena)

Great Crested Grebe (corcodel mare, Podiceps cristatus)

Pygmy Cormorant (cormoran mic, Phalacrocorax pygmeus)

A bunch of Great Cormorants (cormoran mare, Phalacrocorax carbo)

Glossy Ibis (ţigănuş, Plegadis falcinellus)

Notes on a music score – Black-tailed Godwits (sitar de mal, Limosa limosa)

Stock dove (porumbel de scorbură, Columba oenas)

White Wagtail (codobatură albă, Motacilla alba)

4. Field topography


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