Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Special Birds: Common Cranes

Common Cranes Grus grus breed in the northern countries of eastern Europe, from the Baltic States, through Poland to the Czech Republic. South of that they are seen on spring and autumn migration, especially in eastern Hungary in October when around 100,000 can be present. This photo shows an adult (right) with a young bird (note brown head). Taken by Gabor Kovacs, Hortobagy NP, Hungary.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Birding Tour: Hungary October 2011

From 22-26 October 2011, the UK-based Oriole Birding are running a tour to eastern Hungary. The main focus will be the many 1000s of Common Cranes that occur here in autumn. Other target species on the trip will be Great Bustard, Lesser White-fronted and Red-breasted Geese, Saker Falcon, Rough-legged Buzzard, Eastern Imperial and White-tailed Eagles, Pygmy Cormorant, Long-eared Owl roosts, and 8 species of European woodpecker species are also likely. Here's the link to the trip details: FESTIVAL OF CRANES

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Book on the Black Woodpecker

I would like to announce that my monograph on the Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius is due to be published this July. Click here for some advanced details from the publisher: Black Woodpecker Monograph Gerard Gorman.