Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Special Birds: Rock Bunting

Rock Bunting Emberiza cia is a locally common bird in dry, scrubby, rocky habitats in the south of the region, particularly the Balkan countries. This great photo of singing male was taken by Mladen Vasilev in Bulgaria.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Birding Tours: Poland 2011

From 14 - 21 May 2011, the UK company Heatherlea is running a birdwatching tour to POLAND. Based at two centres in the east, in the forests of Bialowieza and then around the wetlands of the Biebrza National Park, key species seen previously on this easy-going tour are White and Black Storks, White-tailed, Lesser and Great Spotted Eagles, Wryneck, Great Snipe, White-winged Black Tern, Three-toed, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers, Great Grey Shrike, Icterine, Barred, River, Marsh and Aquatic Warblers, and many more great birds. More info via this link: POLAND TOUR.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Special Birds: Little Crake

Little Crake Porzana parva is another classic breeding bird of Eastern Europe. Though often hard to observe being a small, unobtrusive dweller of reedbeds, it is actually rather common locally.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Special Birds: Syrian Woodpecker male

This great shot of a male Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus (note the red nape patch) was taken in his native Bulgaria by Mladen Vasilev.