Sunday, May 29, 2016

White-backed Woodpecker

seen in two successive Mays in Estonia last year and Poland this year; this pair feeding young at a nest and one in the Bialowieza Forest

Common Clubtail

always enjoy getting a look at any odes available, a distraction from birds, and we saw quite a few species in Poland albeit mainly all species that occur in Britain but some I have never seen here like Common Clubtail and Norfolk (Green-eyed) Hawker.

iphone digiscoping Aquatic Warbler

one of our main target species in the Biebrza marshes was the endangered Aquatic Warbler; we had superb views on two evenings but never close enough for the camera so resorted to holding the iphone to the Swaro scope in low light and with some inevitable background noise -- gives an impression of the event -- you may well need to turn the volume up to hear the song phrases

Collared Flycatcher

Took a bit of video of this stunning and tame male singing and calling as I had left the recording gear in the car!

Common Cockchafer

abundant in places around the marshes -- clearly a big food item for several species -- watched Starlings, Red-backed Shrikes and a few other species trying to tackle them in flight

a few iphone scenes

Blue-headed Wagtail and displaying Snipe

the sight and sound of displaying Snipe was everywhere in the Biebrza Marshes something that we have lost totally in North lincs and it was so great to watch and listen to them every evening with backgrounds of calling Cranes, Corncrakes, Savi's, Aquatic, Marsh Warblers and Thrush Nightingales

Friday, May 27, 2016

Eastern Poland

amazing densities of many of the rare Uk visitors in extensive and wild habitats but  overall what impressed me most was the soundscape of the place with some much volume of bird song and calls in clean air carrying across open meadows and marshes with no background noise something that is impossible to find in Lincolnshire at least -- birds not easy to photograph or often see but the sounds were exceptional
This was mist forming over the river at Bialowieza after a heavy thunderstorm as the sun broke through the cloud just before setting accompanied by singing River, Marsh and Savi's Warblers, Rosefinches, Golden Orioles, Hawfinches flying by, hunting Red-backed Shrikes etc etc

Friday, May 13, 2016