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.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tufted Duck is a great looker

The Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) is a really great looking member of the family. Yet it is often neglected by birders in many parts of Europe because it's quite common. Anyway, we like them.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


You know, we should never neglect the "common" birds. So here is a Robin, the original one, the European one...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Long-eared Owl roosts

Long-eared Owls are now gathering in their winter roosts in Hungary. I have checked a few places and numbers are building up.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Little Owl

Little Owl (Athene noctua), Hungary. Common in the lowlands and always popular with our guests.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

European Pond Terrapin

Of course, when out birding, you find all kinds of other wildlife. Here is a European Pond Terrapin seen out of the water in the Kiskunság, Hungary.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Tengmalm's Owl juvenile

Upon returning to the Tengmalm's Owl (Aegolius funereus), aka Boreal Owl, nest in Austria (see previous post), we were pleased to see a juvenile! Gerard Gorman.