Thursday, 26 April 2012

Special Birds: Rock Partridge

Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca is much sought-after by birders. It ranges from the southern Alps into the Balkans, in rocky terrain. It is not uncommon locally, but has declined in many areas, and is often flighty and difficult to see well. This one was photographed on Pag, Croatia, in 2011 by Thomas Hochebner.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Special Birds: Stock Dove

The Stock Dove Columba oenas (aka Stock Pigeon) is fairly common in the region. It nests in tree-holes, natural cavities and the old holes of Black Woodpecker (as in this one in Hungary). In winter flocks gather in farmlands.