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.
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.
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.