Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The majestic Imperial Eagle

Imperial Eagle Aquila helica (also called Eastern Imperial Eagle) is one of the birds that visitors to Central and Eastern Europe often want to see. There are pairs in the lowlands of eastern Austria, scattered through southern Slovakia and parts of the Balkans but, in Europe, Hungary is overall the best place to find this impressive raptor. 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Common Cranes

Every autumn in eastern Hungary lots of Common Cranes (Grus grus) stop over on passage. Over 100,000 are there in October. It is a truly great spectacle to see them feeding in crop fields and flying in numbers to their roosts.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Common Birds: White Stork

White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) are fairly common breeding birds in much of C & E Europe. The majority arrive in April and leave in August and September. They are often confiding, easy to photograph and always popular. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Common Birds: Cirl Bunting

Many birds are common somewhere and this goes for the Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus, too. Rare or absent in the north of the C & E European region, this attractive songbird is locally common in the south. For example around the Adriatic in Croatia. This this singing male was photographed. Paklenica, Croatia, April 2015 (Gerard Gorman).

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Special Birds: Common Chough

Common Choughs (aka Red-billed Chough) Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax are not widespread in C & E Europe. Rather, these attractive, gregarious crows are localised, found mainly in the higher ranges of the Balkans and the Austrian Alps. 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Common Birds: Rook















The Rook Corvus frugilegus is a fairly common bird in the region. Despite some misguided persecution (being a crow and wrongly viewed as pests), Rooks play an important role as providers of nests for birds such as Long-eared Owls, Common Kestrels and Red-footed Falcons.   

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Special Birds: Ring Ouzel















Ring Ouzels Turdus torquatus breed in forests at high elevations in C & E Europe. They are migratory and can be seen in lowlands when on the move at the end of summer and again in early spring. This one was photographed in Austria by Thomas Hochebner.