Monday, 16 November 2009
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla is a small lark, a little smaller than Skylark, and a bird of dry grasslands, steppes and barren farmland. In Eastern Europe it occurs mainly in lowlands in the Balkans. This fine photo was taken by Earl Harrison in Dobrugea, Bulgaria.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
The alpinus race of Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker is found in the centre and south of Europe, in several rather isolated populations in the Alps, the Bavarian Forest (Germany), the Sumava Mountains (Czech Rep), the Carpathians, the Rhodope Mountains (Bulgaria), the Balkan Range and the Dinaric Alps (Croatia) etc. Note in this shot that the white back patch is marked with black bars. This is a variable feature, but generally typical for alpinus. Photo of this male taken by Ralph Martin in Bavaria.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
This open oak woodland lies in north-west Romania, just west of the village of Somova along road 22. Tulcea is just 30 minutes to the east via the same road. In season this is a good site for Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck, Booted Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk, Sombre Tit, Woodlark and Ortolan. Avoid on holidays when locals picnic here in numbers.