Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Hortobagy... non-bird stuff
When birding with visiting groups I never neglect the other kinds of wildlife that we invariably encounter. For example, last weekend we saw mammals such as Noctule Bat, Red Fox, Roe Deer, Red Squirrel, European Souslik and many Brown Hares "boxing". Reptiles were Viviparous Lizard and Grass Snake and amphibians included Fire-bellied Toad (ever popular) and Marsh and Edible Frogs. On the insect front Squash Bug (Coreus marginatus) and Fire Bug were identified and butterlies seen were Green-veined White, Brimstone, Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. Not a bad little selection at all. This photo of Fire-bellied Toad Bombina bombina in my hand was taken by group member Philip Briggs. Don't worry, I quickly let it go back in its puddle.