Thursday, October 28, 2010
Well, another birding tour successfully completed! Some nice folks from the UK and Japan came out to Hungary. We saw all the Hungarian specialties, like 10 superb Great Bustards which flew into a field in front of us (and which was voted THE bird of the trip) and also Saker Falcons, Eastern Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Greater White-fronted and Red-breasted Geese and 1000s of Common Cranes. My favourite was not one species but the fact that I managed to find and show 7 species of woodpecker to the group in one day... hard work but we did it!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I found this fine Roman Snail Helix pomatia recently in the garden. They are also known as "Edible Snails" though several other species are also edible. They are very common in central and southern Europe where there is limestone and chalky soils. Photo taken in Budapest, Hungary.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
I was sent this link to an excellent short documentary on birds (in Spanish with English subtitles). It lasts about 5 minutes. The title is "Birds Matter: Feathers" and it is the first in a series planned by Dani Morcillo in Spain. Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHUt5pwiMRI