Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tortoise in Morocco

Of course it was not all birds in Morocco recently... For example, we came across other wildlife such as this Spur-thighed Tortoise (Tesudo graeca). Absolutely wild, too. Sadly these reptiles are easily caught by those involved in the illegal pet-trade. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thick-billed lark !

Here is another great bird from my recent tour around Morocco: Thick-billed Lark (Ramphocoris clotbey). Morocco is particularly good for larks!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Morocco... Hoopoe Lark

Just back from Morocco where we experienced some extreme fluctuations in the weather, but still had a great trip and saw many great birds! Here is one, a Hoopoe Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) taking off to begin its wonderful display flight. More images to come, so watch this space!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Great Spotted Woodpecker: a favourite garden bird

So after the exotics, it is back to my local birds. And who better than this regular visitor to our garden, Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. Budapest, Hungary, February 7th, 2015 (Gerard Gorman). A pair drop in every day now and visit the different feeders.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back from the Philippines

Just back from a birding adventure in the Philippines. My main targets were the endemic woodpeckers, but of course many other fine birds were encountered. Here is one, an endemic starling species the Coleto Sarcops calvus, which is fairly common on most islands.