Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Productive winter birding

It is always worth going out birding, even on cold winter days. A few days in the Hungarian countryside recently with two friends from the UK turned up a great range of birds. What about 2 flocks of Great Bustards, 3 Great Bitterns, 2 adult Eastern Imperial Eagles, several White-tailed Eagles of various ages, Pygmy Cormorants posing for pictures, many 1000s of Greater White-fronted Geese and a sprinkling of Tundra Bean, Lesser White-fronted, Greylag, Barnacle and Red-breasted Geese with them ? And also Great Grey Shrikes, Rock Buntings, Long-eared Owls at several roosts, Black, Middle Spotted, Lesser Spotted and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, and Long-tailed Tits with a mix of head colours. Not a bad haul at all...

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