Friday, May 22, 2015

Red-breasted Flycatcher ... always a winner!

Next up for Probirder ? Austria and the Czech Republic. Here is one of the birds we hope to see, Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) snapped on a previous trip in the foothills of the Alps.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hot off the press... Penduline Tit

Another birding trip successfully completed, a week in Hungary, mainly in the Kiskunság lowlands and the Zemplén Hills. Here is one of the last birds we saw, this morning before heading for Budapest Airport, a Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus). This little gem is always very popular.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bee-eaters nesting in the ground

Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) are very popular with birders, but yesterday in the Kiskunság region south of Budapest, we came across a particularly interesting sight. Around 100 of these these colourful birds were nesting in the sandy ground rather than in banks and sand-pits as they usually do. I have seen a few pairs doing this before but never so many.  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ruff in breeding plumage

There are 1000s and 1000s of waders moving through Hungary right now on passage. Here is one, a dark breeding plumage Ruff from a trip to the Kiskunság yesterday.