Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Not seen Squacco Heron for many a moon - last time was in the Camargue when I worked as a wildlife guide.
- European Honey Buzzard
- Black Kite
- Hen Harrier (passage only - very rare breeding bird in BG)
- Montagu's Harrier
- Common Buzzard
- Long-legged Buzzard
- Lesser-spotted Eagle
- Booted Eagle
- Short-toed (Snake) Eagle
- Red-footed Falcon
- Eurasian Hobby
- Common Kestrel (on way from Sofia to the site - number 12!!!)
Montagu's Harrier definitely breed locally - we had one male fly very close to the vehicle when away from the survey area. Adult male with carrying nesting material and he landed about 10 metres away from the 4x4. Amazing views which were followed by cries of 'Quick get the cameras out!!' Frantic scrabbling ensued however to no avail. Once we were all set up ready to go a Black Kite came through spotted Monsieur Monti's and mobbed him - this was brilliant! Male Monti's being attacked by Black Kite - both in the air having a go. Well no photos but got some great images in my head! Here's a Black Kite from Visit 2 -
Best BOP of the two trips (well apart from the adult Imperial Eagle) has to have been these -
Locally breeding we think -pale phase Booted Eagle - seen on both visits.
Black-headed Bunting - one of the species that we thought should have been at the site but weren't on the April visit. A little later in migration that was expected.
One of the best birds in BG - Corn Bunting - they are absolutely everywhere which is amazing when you think of how dramatic the decline in the British population has been over recent years. Agricultural reform has not quite hit BG yet and I really hope it doesn't.
Another UK bird that has suffered huge declines but is very widespread and common in BG. They also sing most of the day but it has to be said that they are best first thing in the morning!!