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.
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.
This blog focuses on birds & birding from the Baltic to the Black Sea. With info & photos on species, destinations, country profiles, tours & conservation. I hope you find the info helpful and the photos enticing. To read earlier posts, simply scroll down, visit the ARCHIVE (below) or use the SEARCH BLOG function (top left) to find the topics that most interest you. Good browsing, good birding! Gerard Gorman
PROBIRDER: VISIT EASTERN EUROPE WITH THE LEADERS IN THE FIELD, FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BALKANS!
This site guide was published in 2006 and covers the best birding sites in 11 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia & Slovenia. Click on the cover
When joining any birding tour be sure that the organising company operates in an environmentally responsible manner. Over the years many of the bird tour companies and birding groups that I have worked with in Eastern Europe have supported local projects and organisations. Beneficiaries have included the Large Carnivore Project in Transylvania, the Falco Cherrug Club for young people in Tulcea, Romania, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, the Raptor Working Group of the Hungarian Ornithological Society, Butterfly Conservation, and funds were also raised for the building of birding towers in the Hortobagy National Park, Hungary. Gerard Gorman.