Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Special Birds: White Pelicans

Eurasian White Pelicans over Lake Burgas, Bulgaria. Another example of birds in an industrial landscape. Photo taken by Gergely Kovacs.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Special Birds: Long-eared Owl - roosts

Long-eared Owls Asio otus are quite widespread and locally common in Eastern Europe. In winter night roosts of 50 birds, and sometimes over 100 birds together, are not uncommon. Eastern Hungary and northern Serbia are two particularly good regions for such roosts. Roosts are often in urban parks, cemeteries and the like.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Birding Tours: Croatia April 9-16, 2011

From 9-16 April 2011 the UK-based company Heatherlea are running a birding tour to Croatia. The tour takes in 3 bases, 1 in the wine-country of the north and 2 on the Dalmatian coast. Key species will be Rock Partridge, Ferruginous Duck, Alpine Chough, Alpine Swift, Eurasian Scops Owl, Rufous-tailed and Blue Rock Thrushes, Western Rock Nuthatch and Black-eared Wheatear amongst many others. Click here for more info: Croatia

Friday, 5 November 2010

Special Birds: Penduline Tit

The dainty little Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus is a common bird of wetlands with trees throughout the region. Populations in the north are migratory, those in the south largely sedentary. Photo taken at Hortobagy, Hungary by Nigel Sprowell.