Friday, 31 December 2010
From 21 - 28 May (2011) the UK-based company Heatherlea are once again running a birdwatching tour to Hungary. Based at two centres in the east, in the hills and forests of the Bukk Hills and then around the plains of the Hortobagy National Park. Key species seen previously on this route include Pygmy Cormorant, Black Stork, Ferruginous Duck, Red-footed Falcon, Long-legged Buzzard, Saker, White-tailed, Lesser Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagles, Collared Pratincole, Stone Curlew, Ural Owl, Wryneck, Syrian, White-backed and Black Woodpeckers, Bee-eater, Roller, Lesser Grey Shrike, Icterine, Barred, River, Marsh and Aquatic Warblers, and many more great birds. More details via this link: HUNGARY IN MAY
Sunday, 19 December 2010
The headland of Nos Emine lies on the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. It is about 60km south of Varna and 45 north of Burgas. It is a good place to observe bird migration in autumn, especially from late August into September. White Storks can number 1000s per day and Lesser Spotted Eagle is the most numerous large raptor. Olive Tree Warbler, Sombre Tit and various shrikes, larks and wheatears breed locally. Photo taken by Gergely Kovacs.