Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Urban Budapest

Malka knocking out a shot
At 7am Malka and I were trying to stuff scrambled egg and a weird vegetable concoction down our throats in double quick time as we were meeting Gerard Gorman at 7am. We eventually linked up with him 15 minutes later. Thereafter, we visited his local patch in the Buda Woods where we filmed and hunted unsuccessfully for Black Woodpecker (well, we did see one fleetingly). We also scored there with Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, Golden Orioles and a family of Collared Flycatchers.

We then nipped over to a posh cemetery where we came across a mobbed grey phased Tawny Owl that was being mobbed by some angry Blackbirds in a willow tree. I've never seen this colour morph before.

After dipping Crested Lark at a nearby Tescos car park we finally hit a tiny urban park to register Syrian Woodpecker. The filming went well today and Gerard performed very well in front of the camera.

That evening, we all went for dinner in town along with Gerard's missus. Had a lovely evening telling stories and talking about pubic lice!

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