Saturday, September 19, 2009

Back From Slovakia

Just back from Slovakia. My companions and I walked in the High Tatras and the Volovske Mountains where the scenery was often stunning. The Rowan (aka Mountain Ash) trees were ripe with red berries and the forest fungi out in force. Bird highlights included Lesser Spotted and Golden Eagles, Ural Owl, Black, White-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers, lots of Common Crossbills and Crested Tits and many Nutcrackers, two feeding on the ground at point-blank range. Invertebrates included a freshly emerged Camberwell Beauty butterfly and a large Long-horned Beetle which I have yet to identify to species. More later...

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