The Birds of Hungary by Gerard Gorman (Christopher Helm, London) is a status handbook of all the birds known to have occurred in Hungary up to 1995. Introductory sections cover Nomenclature, Geographical Background, Land Use, Habitats, Climate, Conservation, Reserves & Parks, and Migration. The bulk of the book is taken up with a species by species status review and each species has a range map (this is the first time ever that maps have been produced and published for all the birds occurring in Hungary). As well as Status data notes on Distribution and Timing indicate the areas and periods where and when each species is present. There are also very useful tables and charts covering such topics as Aquatic Warbler numbers and trends and the Status of Breeding Birds of Prey. The book is enlivened by black & white line drawings by John Davis. If the visiting birder uses this book with one of the above mentioned guides he/she will be wonderfully equipped with all the practical information needed to plan and execute a successful visit.
This blog focuses on birds & birding from the Baltic to the Black Sea. With info & photos on species, destinations, country profiles, tours & conservation. I hope you find the info helpful and the photos enticing. To read earlier posts, simply scroll down, visit the ARCHIVE (below) or use the SEARCH BLOG function (top left) to find the topics that most interest you. Good browsing, good birding! Gerard Gorman
PROBIRDER: VISIT EASTERN EUROPE WITH THE LEADERS IN THE FIELD, FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BALKANS!
This site guide was published in 2006 and covers the best birding sites in 11 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia & Slovenia. Click on the cover
When joining any birding tour be sure that the organising company operates in an environmentally responsible manner. Over the years many of the bird tour companies and birding groups that I have worked with in Eastern Europe have supported local projects and organisations. Beneficiaries have included the Large Carnivore Project in Transylvania, the Falco Cherrug Club for young people in Tulcea, Romania, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, the Raptor Working Group of the Hungarian Ornithological Society, Butterfly Conservation, and funds were also raised for the building of birding towers in the Hortobagy National Park, Hungary. Gerard Gorman.