Ural Owl in Flight, October 2018, Semplén Hills, Hungary

Zoli Ecsedi and I led another tour this autumn to Hungary and one of the key species to find was the Ural Owl. It’s not so simple in finding these creatures in the vast forest of Eastern and Northern Europe. Sometimes of course, you can have luck and just happen across one, but often you […]

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Cyprus Warbler, Photos from Spring 2018

The Cyprus Warbler, (Sylvia melanothorax), is a typical warbler which breeds on Cyprus. The species is a partial migrant, with most birds migrating to north-east Africa and the remainder making short-distance or altitudinal movements to the lowlands and coastal areas of Cyprus. These birds breed in a rather wide range of scrub and maquis, favouring […]

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White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) in Germany

I’ve always been fond of dippers ever since I went on my first Cub Scout camp with my older brother to the River Tweed at Drumelzier, Biggar, Scotland. We had seen dippers before but these seemed really tame but we later found out they were nesting under the bridge right beside our camp as was […]

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A Canary Islands Pelagic November 2017

I only included two species here, Cory’s Shearwater and Leach’s Storm Petrel photos from a pelagic trip SW of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, Spain. November 2017. (Map below.) All of the Cory’s photos are of 1st year birds as the adults move south westwards to winter around Brazil. We were in a small boat […]

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Fuerteventura November 2017

Tour Highlights: Cream-coloured coursers before breakfast! Barbary Falcon harrying Ravens and superb view of another juvenile bird; Super views of Houbara Bustards; Some rare northern migrant birds – Hawfinch, Redwing, Siskin and Song Thrush and Desert Wheatear at La Oliva. Day 1. Monday 6th November 2017 With an early evening arrival from London, the sun […]

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The Levante winds of Spring – Spain 2017

I lead a tour group from the the US Audubon Naturalist Society in April to southern Spain. We had a great time apart from the awful windy weather. The famous Levante wind just would not stop for almost the whole eight days. We did however have a great time, saw lots of birds and other […]

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Purple Herons – Germany

Since moving back to southern Germany I’ve been keen to head up to my ‘local’ nature reserve and catch up with the Purple Heron colony there as well as many other bird species and other wildlife. Purple Herons are particularly striking birds, especially during the breeding season. Here’s some facts and other information about them. […]

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