Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Special birds: Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina is not as rare in Europe as much of the literature suggests and as many birders think. It is a real eastern species that many Western birders seek but in the Dobrugea region in eastern Romania and NW Bulgaria it is actually quite common locally. It lives on dry, well grazed grasslands and steppes and often nests in the burrows of Susliks (ground squirrels). It can be a tricky bird to ID, being similar to a female and autumn-plumaged Northern Wheatears in particular. This photo by Szabolcs Kokay was taken near Macin, Romania.