trips

Levant Sparrowhawk © Iordan Hristov

Birdwatching trip in Bulgaria: sum up

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Another successful trip around Bulgaria just ended. We did a total of 1800 km around the whole diversity of habitats in the country. These include broad-leafed and conifer forests, marshes, lagoons, steppe, riverine forests and cliffs.…

New birdwatching trip around Bulgaria starts today

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Just started a new birdwatching trip around Bulgaria with a group of 11 British birdwatchers. The group members have a variety of expectations and keen to see local specialities. They arrived in Sofia in the late morning and we departed to our first birding stop.…

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: the end

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Well, the time for the end has come.It was the last day of our trip which we used for a transfer from our last destination to Sofia. En route we stopped to stretch our legs and added Yellowhammer to the list.…
White-winged and Whiskered Tern © Iordan Hristov

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: waterbirds

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Today my guests had their best day for the trip. It was going to be a day devoted to waterbirds. According to their words today we visited the best sites for the whole trip. The day was fairly quiet and we spend a lot of time birding rather then driving around.…
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.…
Little Tern © Iordan Hristov

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: wetlands

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After the exciting day yesterday, the participants in the group were rather excited. The day started with a pre-breakfast walk around the hotel grounds. The day was going to be devoted to birds of wetlands.…

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.…