Bulgaria

Pallid Harrier

Pallid Harrier during a BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015

Spring has come and with it comes the new course for bird identification that I will be leading in 2015 for a third time. Over 30 people signed up for this bird ID course organised by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and the Norwegian Nord-Trondelag University College.…
winter bird watching trip

Winter bird watching: the end

And so the winter bird watching trip approaches its end. Today is our last morning. We had an early breakfast and off we went to search for our last Red breasted Geese. At breakfast time four Dalmatian Pelicans flew past suggesting it was going to be a great morning.…
Grey Partridge

Winter birdwatching: Long tailed Duck

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GreLThe day was fairly quiet. After we saw most of our target birds it will take us a lot to be impressed. This time we decided to have an earlier breakfast and leave by 8 a.m. So we did. We arrived at our first site for the day early enough.…

Winter birdwatching trip: otter

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The day started with pretty dark weather and not all of us joined the morning walk but they missed. There weren’t many birds around but we had two Otters swimming in the sea, three Slender-billed Gulls and a group of Whooper Swans flied over.…
winter bird watching trip

Winter birdwatching: red breasted goose

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oEaglesAnother wonderful day around Bourgas wetlands was rather productive. We started with another off season bird before we have had even breakfast. A bunch of chaffinches were sitting nicely on a branch of a Dog Rose bush but one of them looked a bit different on the mild morning light.…
Bewick's and Whooper Swans

Winter birdwatching: geese

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The day started at 7.30 with a pre-breakfast walk around the hotel. It was fairly quiet bird wise but there was a nice blue sky and Sun. We still managed to see some birds. Jeremy and Nick managed to see a Merlin and some Hawfinches and all of the group members added a Lesser spotted Woodpecker to the day list and the first Bramblings for the trip.…
Marsh Harrier

Winter birdwatching: pelicans

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Bulgaria in winter  – a birdwatching tour: 8-15 February 2015 by Spatia Wildlife  Arrival and day 1 This is a new trip that i will be guiding for Spatia Wildlife Bourgas wetlands A group of 3 birder from the UK and Germany arrived late in the evening on February 8th .…
Spotted Nutcracker close up

How to photograph Spotted Nutcracker?

Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes is a smart bird to photograph. I posted a series of Nutcracker images in January 2014 and opportunities for photographing Spotted Nutcracker in Bulgaria.…
mountains in Bulgaria images

Autumn colors in Vratchanski balkan, Bulgaria

Autumn colours are rather picturesque for landscape photographers. This is what made us plan a trip to a place which is not rather popular: Vratchanski  balkan. Situated only about an hour drive north of Sofia it is still rather preserved with open plateau and meadows, deep gorges, and old forest.…

Trekking trip in Rila mountains

Recently I realized it has been a long time since I last did a trekking trip in the Bulgarian mountains. I somehow missed it so decided to utilize an opportunity for a work assignment to the south-western part of Bulgaria.…