Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tengmalm's Owl from Austria

Just finished a very successful tour around Austria, from the Alps to the lowlands in the east. We saw many great birds, with a highlight being this Tengmalm's Owl (Aegolius funereus), aka Boreal Owl. This beauty popped its head out of a Black Woodpecker cavity which I was checking. Gerard Gorman.  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bee-eater in Hungary

These beauties are always popular with visiting birders! Wonder why? European Bee-eater Merops apiaster, in Hungary.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hungarian Grey Bull

Whilst looking for Great Bustards yesterday in the Kiskunság NP, Hungary, we came upon this magnificent Hungarian Grey Bull. OK, not a bird, but worth a picture!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A new book entitled simply WOODPECKER is due to be published this summer by Reaktion Books, London, in their acclaimed Animal Series. Written by Gerard Gorman the book examines not only the natural but the cultural history of the animal... how it has been viewed by people from ancient times to the present day, and examines the woodpecker in art, literature, media, religion, mythology, legend and folklore. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Great Capricorn Beetle

Yes, not a bird, but we admire all wildlife. Here is a pair of mating Great Capricorn Beetles (Cerambyx cerdo) found in woodland near Zagreb, Croatia, on a recent tour. This magnificent species is also known as the Oak Cerambyx. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blue Rock Thrush

We have just finished another great birding trip around Croatia. Here is one of the typical birds of rocky habitats in Dalmatia that we saw, and heard singing, daily... Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Owls are popular with all birders and even with many non-birders. On our tours in Central and Eastern Europe a great selection of owl species can be seen, including this stunner, Ural Owl! This is a bird that many visitors often have high on their lists of wants.