Monday, November 19, 2018

Syrian Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker is very much an "Eastern European" bird. For example, it is common and widespread in lowlands across Hungary, Slovakia, and through the Balkans, and also occurs further north and west in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Belarus.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Common Cranes in huge numbers

October saw well over 100,000 Common Cranes in eastern Hungary this autumn. Seeing them fly to roost at dusk is quite an event of sound and spectacle...

Monday, October 1, 2018

Common Cranes

Every autumn over 100,000 Common Cranes Grus grus pass through Hungary, mostly east of the River Tisza. We have been running trips to watch this spectacle for many years (once again, we were the first to do so) and it really is a magnificent avian event at dusk.   

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cetti's Warbler close up

Close up of a Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti, from our recent tour to the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Just finished a very successful tour along the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. The main focus was on seeing the masses of migrating birds - storks, raptors, waders, pelicans, songbirds - as well as some of the special residents found there. There were many, many, highlights, and here is one... a Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla that after being trapped and ringed (banded) in a camp near Bourgas was safely released.    

Monday, September 3, 2018

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor is the smallest woodpecker in Europe. Absent from Ireland, rare in the UK, it is however quite common in many places we visit in Central and Eastern Europe. Here is one from a recent tour in Hungary.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

European Bee-eater

Now these colourful beauties are always popular! European Bee-eater Merops apiaster from the Kiskunsag region, Hungary.

Friday, July 6, 2018

White Wagtail

The White Wagtail Motacilla alba is common and widespread across Central and Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, it is a cracking little bird. Here is one from Austria.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Citril Finch

Here is a Citril Finch Carduelis citrinella from a tour in the Alps in Austria last week. This little finch is often a main target for our clients and this was one of several that obliged!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa. This magnificent bird was one of the main highlights of a recent trip in Belarus. Don't worry, we watched and photographed the bird on its nest high in the canopy from a safe distance and the bird was not disturbed.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tawny Owl

Owls are always popular with birders. Here is a Tawny Owl in the woods of the Buda Hills, just above the city. It is a common owl in the region, often in urban environments, too, besides in forests proper.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Black Woodpecker

The Black Woodpecker is Europe's largest member of the picid family. It is particularly popular with our guests from Great Britain, as it does not, and has never, occurred there. In Central and Eastern Europe it is, in fact not uncommon and we usually find a few on every trip. This male was photographed recently in the Budapest Hills, Hungary, as he fed low down near the ground.