понеделник, 1 септември 2014 г.

Sunday bird photography trip

It's been long time since I last went out birdwatching and photographing them. It was high time to spend some time with my favourite hobby and decided to explore the areas next to Sofia. It is migration time so there should be some birds around.

So I did, managed to wake up before sunrise which was a bit difficult and soon I was on my way early enough to arrive at my first location at the golden hour. It was steaming with birds. Migrating Common Whitethroat, Whinchats, Stonechats, Willow Warbler were all around the fields. The local Red-backed Shrikes and Crested Larks were also around so luckily I managed to get a few shots of these quite often photographed birds.

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Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
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Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
bird photography in Bulgaria
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

bird photography in Bulgaria
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

bird photography in Bulgaria
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
bird photography in Bulgaria
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
bird photography in Bulgaria
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
bird photography in Bulgaria
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

After spending some time here I went to the next place, a marshland further west. There, birds birds were already grouped. There were several flocks of 60+ Corn Buntings, 100+ Common Starlings, etc. In the marsh, couple of Ferruginous Duck and Garganeys were still around. Several Little Grebes, Coots and Marsh Harriers were also around. So soon I started building up my list for the day. I wanted to spend some time to try and photograph the Ferruginous Duck but the conditions were not right and I didn't have the right equipment so I left the place and headed further west.

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Marsh Harrier

Flocks were even bigger and more in numbers. 100+ Corn Buntings in a flock. Here I wanted to check a site where birds often bathe but there was no water so no luck there. There were a few Common and Long-legged Buzzards, Water Rails, Great White Egrets and a single Black Stork. It was getting rather hot so I decided to go. Well it was a nice Sunday.

понеделник, 25 август 2014 г.

Paddyfield Warbler photography in Bulgaria

Paddyfield Warbler is an Asian species and many birders have seen it there. However, there aren't many places in Europe where one can see it. The Western border of its distribution range is on the Western Black Sea coast, namely several sites at the Bulgarian and Romanian Black sea coast. These are the only places in Europe where the species breeds. Of course it is occasionally observed as a vagrant in a number of Western European countries but hard to guarantee. Well, we are lucky to have it breeding in Bulgaria and show it to our guests coming for birding trips.

Here are a few images I took during the birdwatching trips that I guided this year:

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Paddyfield Warbler photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Paddyfield Warbler photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Paddyfield Warbler photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Paddyfield Warbler photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Paddyfield Warbler photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Paddyfield Warbler photography, copyright Iordan Hristov

петък, 15 август 2014 г.

Turnstone photography

Another photography session proved successful. This time the objects were a couple of Turnstones which was calmly sitting and feeding in Poda reserve in Bulgaria regardless of the group of 5 photographers that I guided.

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Turnstone photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Turnstone photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Turnstone photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Turnstone photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Turnstone photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Turnstone photography, copyright Iordan Hristov

вторник, 12 август 2014 г.

Ortolan Bunting photography

Ortolan Buntings are charismatic birds. Perhaps this is one of the reason for every foreign birdwatcher and wildlife photographer coming to Bulgaria to search for them. I got these shots during one of the birdwatching and photography trips that I guided around Bulgaria in may this year. Enjoy:

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Ortolan Bunting photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Ortolan Bunting photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Ortolan Bunting photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Ortolan Bunting photography, copyright Iordan Hristov
bird photography in Bulgaria
Ortolan Bunting photography, copyright Iordan Hristov

неделя, 3 август 2014 г.

Firecrest photography

Going over my images from the spring tours that I guided this year in Bulgaria I got a series of Firecrest images I decided to share. Enjoy!

bird photography in Bulgaria
Firecrest photography in Bulgaria
bird photography in Bulgaria
Firecrest photography in Bulgaria
bird photography in Bulgaria
Firecrest photography in Bulgaria
bird photography in Bulgaria
Firecrest photography in Bulgaria
bird photography in Bulgaria
Firecrest photography in Bulgaria
bird photography in Bulgaria
Firecrest photography in Bulgaria

вторник, 29 юли 2014 г.

Butterfly photography

I finally managed to go over some of my images from the past weeks. Since summer is better for butterflies rather than birds, last weekend I decided to go out for some more shots. Here are a few of the images.

Butterfly photography
Balkan Copper Lycaena candens (male)
Butterfly photography
Balkan Copper Lycaena candens (female)
Butterfly photography
Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros
Butterfly photography

Butterfly photography

Butterfly photography

Butterfly photography

Butterfly photography
Marbled White Melanagria galathea
Butterfly photography

Butterfly photography

Butterfly photography

Butterfly photography

Butterfly photography


Butterfly photography

понеделник, 21 юли 2014 г.

Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria

Wallcreepers are superb birds to observe and photograph. Unfortunately they are ever so difficult being either too high, or in too dark places. There is a traditional place in Bulgaria where I take my birdwatching and photography groups to at least this lovely bird. In certain time of the year the birds can be photographed. Some people say this is one of the best sites in Europe where the birds can be observed just by the road.

Here are a few of my shots.

Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
Wallcreeper photography in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
If interested in a photography trip with these lovely objects or just observing these birds just drop me a line.