It is always worth going out birding, even on cold winter days. A few days in the Hungarian countryside recently with two friends from the UK turned up a great range of birds. What about 2 flocks of Great Bustards, 3 Great Bitterns, 2 adult Eastern Imperial Eagles, several White-tailed Eagles of various ages, Pygmy Cormorants posing for pictures, many 1000s of Greater White-fronted Geese and a sprinkling of Tundra Bean, Lesser White-fronted, Greylag, Barnacle and Red-breasted Geese with them ? And also Great Grey Shrikes, Rock Buntings, Long-eared Owls at several roosts, Black, Middle Spotted, Lesser Spotted and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, and Long-tailed Tits with a mix of head colours. Not a bad haul at all...
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
It was sub zero today in Hungary, but out we went. We checked some likely spots for roosting Long-eared Owls to the south of Budapest, and found a few. This chap here was incredible, despite having a choice of trees, including some very cosy looking conifers, he was sat out, exposed in a bare tree, above a garden gate and a barking dog.
Monday, November 28, 2016
We attended the Wild Goose Festival at Tata in Hungary at the weekend. It was a great event, very well organised, there was something for everyone, and it was great fun. Several 1000 people visited, from keen birders, to nature-lovers, to the curious general public. There were lots of children, too, and many of them seemed to particularly like the birding ringing session. This Great Spotted Woodpecker was very popular!