Sunday, August 13, 2017

European Pond Terrapin

Of course, when out birding, you find all kinds of other wildlife. Here is a European Pond Terrapin seen out of the water in the Kiskunság, Hungary.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tengmalm's Owl juvenile

Upon returning to the Tengmalm's Owl (Aegolius funereus), aka Boreal Owl, nest in Austria (see previous post), we were pleased to see a juvenile! Gerard Gorman.  

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.