Sunday, May 20, 2018

Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa. This magnificent bird was one of the main highlights of a recent trip in Belarus. Don't worry, we watched and photographed the bird on its nest high in the canopy from a safe distance and the bird was not disturbed.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tawny Owl

Owls are always popular with birders. Here is a Tawny Owl in the woods of the Buda Hills, just above the city. It is a common owl in the region, often in urban environments, too, besides in forests proper.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Black Woodpecker

The Black Woodpecker is Europe's largest member of the picid family. It is particularly popular with our guests from Great Britain, as it does not, and has never, occurred there. In Central and Eastern Europe it is, in fact not uncommon and we usually find a few on every trip. This male was photographed recently in the Budapest Hills, Hungary, as he fed low down near the ground.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tufted Duck is a great looker

The Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) is a really great looking member of the family. Yet it is often neglected by birders in many parts of Europe because it's quite common. Anyway, we like them.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


You know, we should never neglect the "common" birds. So here is a Robin, the original one, the European one...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Long-eared Owl roosts

Long-eared Owls are now gathering in their winter roosts in Hungary. I have checked a few places and numbers are building up.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Little Owl

Little Owl (Athene noctua), Hungary. Common in the lowlands and always popular with our guests.