birds

Red-breasted Flycatcher

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: steppe

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Today was expected to be a wet day so wanted to stay close to the van. The stops for the day included a reserve that is superb for sea-watching and steppe areas, suitable for larks, pipits and Stone Curlew.…

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: woodcock

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Another fantastic day! It feels like we didn’t see many species but when I counted them we ended with 99 species. Not too bad for a travelling day. We woke up at the usual time and the pre-breakfast walk produced rather good views of Eastern Olivaceous Warbler.…

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: bird migration

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What a day!  Another superb birding day in Bulgaria. We started in a woodland and ended by the coast. The day started at about 6.30 a.m. when some members of the group were already out taking pictures of Lesser-spotted and Middle spotted Woodpeckers.…
Masked Shrike © Iordan Hristov

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: imperial eagle

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What a superb day. We started with a well desired Black-headed Bunting which walk me up when I first opened the balcony door of my room. Later on with logged Rock Bunting, Sombre Tit, Subalpine Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush and Lesser spotted Woodpecker.…
Roller

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: levant sparrowhawk

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The day started before even the sun was up. Some people from the group decided to have a walk around and take some pictures at the best light. They didn’t regret it. Once we were up we heard that they had seen two Ruddy Shelducks in the river.…
Wallcreeper

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: wallcreeper

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What a day! We started from the mountains and we ended in a Mediterranean landscape. This must be a precondition for some good diversity of birds. Indeed, the final checklist suggested 77 for the day.…

International bird identification course starts today

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New international bird identification course starts today in Bulgaria for a third time with a focus on birds from Western Palearctic. A group of 8 students from Norway, UK and Bulgaria will travel around Bulgaria for 10 days trying to see the essence of the country’s birdlife.…
Sardinian Warbler, image: Iordan Hristov

Bird Identification course on birds of Bulgaria

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Bird identification course on birds of Bulgaria just ended. We spent a few wonderful days in the area of Eastern Rhodopes in Bulgaria looking at birds and teaching bird ID.The initiative is coordinated and implemented by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of birds and the Norwegian Nord-Trondelag University College.…
Sand pyramid picture

Sand pyramid

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There are two areas with sand pyramid in South Western part of Bulgaria. This part of the country is known for its mild climate with strong Mediterranean influence suggesting high diversity of bird species and beautiful landscapes.…
Capercaillie workshop

Capercaillie workshop in Bulgaria

There are very few places where Wolves would howl right under the window of your room and bears will be sharpening their claws only a couple of meters away from you while you are asleep. It might be scary to some people but adventurous to others.…