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BirdID training: Eastern Rhodopes

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I just came back from a trip to the Eastern Rhodope mountains where I conducted a training on Bird identification for Bulgarian volunteers participants in the breeding birds survey. It was marvelous. Fantastic weather, lovely birds, stunning scenery. In total about 20 people took part in this training. We spend a couple of days around Madzarovo searching for local birds. The diversity of the landscapes there make it a unique place for everyone willing to learn bird identification or just enjoy birding.

I ended up with quite a few photos but it will take some time to finalise all the material. I managed to get some images of Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, White and Black Stork, Orphean Warbler, Long-legged Buzzard, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Corn Bunting, Golden Eagle, Woodlark, Cuckoo, Subalpine Warbler, Black Kite, Red-backed Shrike, Raven, Turtle Dove, etc.

Checklist of all the species seen for the period April 22-26, 2013.

1.Scops Owl (Otus scops).
2.Little Owl (Athene noctua).
3.Sombre Tit (Parus lugubris).
4.Wood Nuthatch (Sitta europaea).
5.Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs).
6.Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos).
7.Blackbird (Turdus merula).
8.Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris).
9.Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus).
10.Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus).
11.Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra).
12.Black Stork (Ciconia nigra).
13.White Wagtail (Motacilla alba).
14.Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).
15.Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica).
16.Woodlark (Lullula arborea).
17.Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus).
18.Hooded Crow (Corvus corone cornix).
19.Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris).
20.Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo).
21.Hoopoe (Upupa epops).
22.House Martin (Delichon urbica).
23.Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus).
24.Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis).
25.Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes).
26.Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus).
27.Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris).
28.Jay (Garrulus glandarius).
29.Mistle Thrush (Tyrdus viscivorus).
30.Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus).
31.Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe melanoleuca).
32.Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).
33.Eastern Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis).
34.Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana).
35.Alpine Swift (Apus melba).
36.Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio).
37.Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus).
38.Subalpine Warbler (Silvia cantillans).
39.Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita).
40.Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus).
41.Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius).
42.Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea).
43.Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).
44.Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia).
45.Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica).
46.Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus orientalis).
47.Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus).
48.Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos).
49.Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).
50.Bluetit (Parus caeruleus).
51.Robin (Erithacus rubecula).
52.Middle spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius).
53.Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus).
54.Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca).
55.House Sparrow (Passer domesticus).
56.Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).
57.Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo).
58.White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla).
59.Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus).
60.Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator).
61.Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis).
62.Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).
63.Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata).
64.Black Kite (Milvus migrans).
65.Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus).
66.Black-headed Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava feldegg).
67.White Stork (Ciconia ciconia).
68.Quail (Coturnix coturnix).
69.Black Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus).
70.Turtle Dove (Streptopelia decaocto).
71.Feral Pigeon (Columba livia).
72.Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius).
73.Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea).
74.Rock Nuthatch (Sitta neumayer).
75.Little Egret (Egretta garzetta).
76.Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficillis).
77.Coot (Gallinula chloropus).
78.Lesser spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina).
79.Bee-eater (Merops apiaster).

Here are some of the first images.

copyright: Iordan Hristov,
copyright: Iordan Hristov,

copyright: Iordan Hristov,

copyright: Iordan Hristov,

copyright: Iordan Hristov,

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear photography
copyright: Iordan Hristov,
Long-legged Buzzard photography
Long-legged Buzzard photography
Griffon Vulture photography, copyright: Iordan Hristov
Griffon Vulture photography, copyright: Iordan Hristov
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