Monday, 24 August 2015

Slovenia wildlife

Finally, to bring us up to date, here's a quick photographic gallery of some of the wildlife that I encountered on my Slovenian trip.

Keep an eye out because I will be running a tour to this beautiful country next spring.
 Song Thrush
 My first ever Nutcracker!!
 A Coal Tit with a weird tail
 A Brown Hare deep in the forest
 Fire-bellied Toad
 A Ruddy Darter?
 Red-backed Shrike
 Mallard family
 Honey Buzzard
 White Stork
 Black Redstart
 Brown Bear
 Cricket sp
Alpine Chough

Slovenia Bird List

Great Crested Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Cormorant
Great Egret
Grey Heron
White Stork
Mallard
Griffon Vulture
Short-toed Eagle
Buzzard
Honey Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel
Moorhen
Coot
Lapwing
Black-headed Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Rock/Feral Pigeon
Wood Pigeon
Ural Owl
Swift
Alpine Swift
((Great Spotted Woodpecker))
Middle Spotted Woodpecker
Sand Martin
Crag Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Water Pipit
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
((Wren))
Alpine Accentor
Robin
Black Redstart
Whinchat
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Blackbird
Blackcap
((Great Reed Warbler))
((Chiffchaff))
((Firecrest))
Spotted Flycatcher
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Crested Tit
Willow Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Nuthatch
Common Treecreeper
Red-backed Shrike
Magpie
Jay
Nutcracker
Hooded Crow
Raven
House Sparrow
Snowfinch
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Serin
Bullfinch
((Hawfinch))
((Common Crossbill))

Yellowhammer

71 species
2 lifers 
((heard))

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Sexy Slovenia July 2015

Slovenia: the final destination in my European odyssey.

I just can't get over the beauty of this country. 









Sunday, 16 August 2015

Paris in the July sun

Paris was the next destination on my summer European tour. 
 Eiffel Tower
I was lucky with the weather as it was blazing sunshine most of the time. Paris is a city that you would not associate with good urban birding but over the years I've seen Short-toed Treecreeper, Crested Tit, Marsh Tit, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker and even Hawfinch within a mile of the Eiffel Tower.

Indeed, I saw all said species (bar Hawfinch) on this visit although mostly in Bois de Boulogne, the French capital's second largest park, set on the eastern edge of the city.

My shots of those birds were less than desired so here's a selection of a few far easier species to snap!
 Carrion Crow in Père Lachaise Cemetery
 Carrion Crow in the shadow of the Eiffel
 Wood Pigeon
 House Sparrow
 A begging Starling
 A sunning Blackbird
An angelic Black-headed Gull

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Berlin - Goshawk capital

Early July saw me strolling the streets of Berlin urban birding. I have long known that this German city had a decent population of Goshawks but I didn't realise just how prevalent they were. With over 120 pairs present it's got to be the European capital for this impressive raptor?


 I came across at least three pairs with juveniles including the above depicted juvenile. The birds were fairly easy to see and certainly vociferous. To think that we struggle so much to see them in the UK where they are ultra secretive and certainly not urban.

The Goshawks stole the show for me but Berlin is clearly a green city potentially brimming with birds.
 Spotted Flycatcher 
 Yellowhammer
 Black Redstart 
 Wood Pigeon
 Robin
 House Sparrow 
 Juvenile Reed Warblers 
 Reed Warbler 
 Eurasian Jay

Blackbird

Friday, 14 August 2015

More Shetland pictures - TUB Tour with Shetland Wildlife June 2015

 Siskin 
 Ringed Plover
 A juvenile Snipe at Hermaness looking very like a Jack Snipe
 Hermaness
 Sanderling
 A migrant Spotted Flycatcher at Halligarth, Unst
 Chiffchaff at Halligarth
 A totally unexpected Nightjar
Ringed Plover