неделя, 10 март 2013 г.

Spring is coming

A lovely drive around the area of Sofia where I live was a bit quiet bird wise. It was great though. I went out to see if bird migration has started and the exceeding of spring. Honestly I expected a bit more but it was rather pleasant to see the first Whinchat and Stonechats which were more abundant. It was mainly males that were actively singing. They were all around and but still quite shy and difficult to photograph. This lovely male was busier singing than flying away from my camera.

Stonechat photography by Iordan Hristov
Stonechat photography by Iordan Hristov
Corn Buntings, Skylarks and Yellowhammers were actively singing marking their territories. I also enjoyed some of the winter birds that are still around like Hen Harrier - a lovely male and female, and one of my favourite birds a Great Grey Shrike which are always so shy. Fieldfare and flocks of Chaffinchs were also suggesting the time of active migration.

Yellowhammer photography by Iordan Hristov
Yellowhammer photography by Iordan Hristov
Yellowhammer photography by Iordan Hristov
Yellowhammer photography by Iordan Hristov
Some of the local birds were pretty vocal as well. The call of the first Black Redstart, and the drum of Syrian Woodpecker, Lesser spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch were echoing in villages. A pair of Sombre Tit were actively feeding and enjoying the lovely weather. A gorgeous Long-legged Buzzard was patrolling its usual grounds.
Sombre Tit photography
Sombre Tit photography by Iordan Hristov
Lesser spotted Woodpecker photography
Lesser spotted Woodpecker photography, copyright Iordan Hristov 2013


Spring is coming :)))