Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eastern Orphean Warbler

One of the sought-after birds on trips in Croatia is Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris. Earler this week we found several singing on scrubby and rocky hillsides in Dalmatia and I managed to grab a shot of this one.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Croatia... Rock Bunting

A great day in the Velebit Mountains in Croatia today! All agreed that this stunning male Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia) was one of the highlights.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's April... it must be Croatia!

Probirder heads off soon to Croatia! Every April we go to this great country, spending much time in Dalmatian, with birds of rocky Mediterranean habitats the main targets. The likes of Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear, Rock Nuthatch, Crag Martin, Alpine Chough and Rock Partridge all wait us. Here is a view of the Paklenica NP, one of the areas we explore.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Woodpeckers and loggers

We went out into the forests in NE Hungary over Easter to check a few sites. Sadly, we came across some recent logging in one good forest for owls and woodpeckers, and it is spring! Logging in the breeding season is not good at all, and probably illegal, too. For example, this woodpecker hole looked new, freshly excvated, but the tree was cut. Thankfully, it is doubtful that the hole was occupied, probably just being made, as it is still early days, so the birds would have moved on and tried elsewhere.