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Birdwatching and photography trip around Bulgaria and Greece: 24.05-2.06, day 10

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The last day of the trip was devoted mainly to travelling. We woke up just on time for a lovely breakfast and early morning sunshine. Some of the group had already had an early morning walk in the village where we stayed and had seen Dipper and juvenile Grey Wagtails. “This is what a village should look like” he said when leaving the place.

Soon it became rather misty and wet again. I wanted us to stop but the weather didn’t really allow it. Moreover our guests had already packed their gear so we just drove to Sofia. We arrived at the airport a little bit earlier but had enough time to say goodbye with wishes for new adventures in the future. It was a great pleasure and honour meeting you guys.
So that was it. It is over. I think the trip was rather successful. Indeed we didn’t have many photography opportunities but it wasn’t meant to be a photography trip. The checklist of bird species seen counts a total 160 species and quite a few photos to go through but i shall post them once I finish post processing them. In addition to the birds, we also saw some other wildlife. Here are the relevant checklists:
Other wildlife:
1. Balkan Chamois
2. Red Fox
3. Hedgehog
4. Herman’s tortoise
5. Roe Deer
6. Wild Boar
7. Souslik 
8. Brown Hare
Bird checklist

1 Graylag Goose Anser anser
2 Mute Swan Cygnus olor
3 Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
4 Gadwall Anas strepera
5 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
6 Garganey Anas querquedula
7 Common Quail  Coturnix coturnix
8 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
9 Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus
10 Black Stork Ciconia nigra
11 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
12 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
13 Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmaeus
14 Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
15 Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus
16 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
17 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
18 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
19 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
20 Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
21 Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
22 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
23 Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
24 European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus
25 Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus
26 Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
27 Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
28 Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca
29 Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
30 Eurasian Marsh-Harrier Circus aeruginosus
31 Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus
32 Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
33 Black Kite Milvus migrans
34 Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
35 Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus
36 Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
37 Eurasian Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
38 Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
39 Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
40 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
41 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
42 Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
43 Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans
44 Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
45 Common Tern Sterna hirundo
46 Feral Pigeon Columba livia
47 Common Wood-Pigeon Columba palumbus
48 European Turtle-Dove Streptopelia turtur
49 Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
50 Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
51 European Scops-Owl Otus scops
52 Little Owl Athene noctua
53 Pallid Swift Apus pallidus
54 Common Swift Apus apus
55 Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
56 European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
57 European Roller Coracias garrulus
58 Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
59 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor
60 Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius
61 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
62 Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus
63 BlackWoodpecker Dryocopus martius
64 GreenWoodpecker Picus viridis
65 Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus
66 Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
67 Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
68 Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
69 Lesser Gray Shrike Lanius minor
70 Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator
71 Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus
72 Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
73 Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
74 Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
75 Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula
76 Hooded Crow Corvus cornix
77 Common Raven Corvus corax
78 Calandra lark Melanocorypha calandra
79 Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
80 Crested Lark Galerida cristata
81 Skylark Alauda arvensis
82 Wood Lark Lullula arborea
83 Sand Martin Riparia riparia
84 Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
85 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
86 Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
87 Common House Martin Delichon Urbicum
88 Sombre Tit Poecile lugubris
89 Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus
90 Marsh Tit Poecile palustris
91 Willow Tit Poecile montanus
92 Coal Tit Periparus ater
93 Great Tit Parus major
94 Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
95 Eurasian Penduline-Tit Remiz pendulinus
96 Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
97 Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea
98 Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer
99 Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria
100 Common Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
101 Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
102 Dipper Cinclus cinclus
103 Goldcrest Regulus regulus
104 Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
105 Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti
106 Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
107 Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis
108 Olivaceous Warbler Iduna pallida
109 Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum
110 Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris
111 Eurasian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
112 Great Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus
113 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
114 Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria
115 Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
116 Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala
117 Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans
118 Greater Whitethroat Sylvia communis
119 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
120 European Robin Erithacus rubecula
121 Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
122 Rufous Bush Robin Cercotrichas galactotes
123 Semicollared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata
124 Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
125 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
126 Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitarius
127 Rufous -tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
128 Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
129 Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
130 Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
131 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
132 Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
133 Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
134 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
135 European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
136 Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus
137 Dunnock Prunella modularis
138 Black-headed Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg
139 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
140 White Wagtail Motacilla alba
141 Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
142 Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
143 Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
144 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
145 Rock Bunting Emberiza cia
146 Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana
147 Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala
148 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra
149 Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
150 Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
151 European Greenfinch Chloris chloris
152 European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
153 Eurasian Linnet Carduelis cannabina
154 European Serin Serinus serinus
155 Siskin Carduelis spinus
156 Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
157 Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
158 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
159 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
160 Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

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