Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Destinations: Pieniny National Park - Poland

This upland national park lies (Pieninsky Park Narodowy) lies in southern Poland on the border with Slovakia. It is just to the NE of the Tatras and can be approached via road 969 from Nowy Targ (to the NW) or Nowy Sacz (to the NE). There are old mixed forests, rushing streams, scenic gorges and open pastures and meadows. Most of the typical upland, sub-Alpine birds that one would expect in central-eastern Europe are here. Though sometimes tricky to find Hazel Grouse, Peregrine, Golden Eagle, Nutcracker, Firecrest, Ural, Pygmy, Tengmalm's and Eagle Owls and 8 species of woodpecker including White-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers, are all resident. The wildlife of Pieniny is rich but these mountains invariably require time, patience and good forest birding skills in order to find and observe them.

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