сряда, 20 март 2013 г.

Trekking around Sofia

After a day with sun, clouds and snow devoted to bird photography I decided to spend a day with friends trekking in a mountains not far from Sofia. A picturesque area rich in birds, mountain flowers and butterflies. Well, in this season it was mainly picturesque :)

I promised a couple of friends that will take them to this area and they were really impressed. A pleasant 3,5 hours trekking on a fairly flat terrain produced magnificent views. Most importantly, it was another reason to be out in nature.

The weather forecast looked quite promising so we got on two cars and off we went. The road to the area is terrible with lots of potholes so ability to maneuver is well desired. Anyway, we weren't really paying much attention to this. We all had a good laugh and nobody cared but the driver ;)

We arrived in the area at about lunch time but didn't stop for a minute. Our willingness to explore new areas was unstoppable :). Quickly grabbed our backpacks and off we went to the mountain hills. Birds were actively singing everywhere. Woodpeckers were also drumming  here and there but my hidden agenda was to have a glimpse of Alpine Chough, Golden Eagle or a Rock Partridge. Only one or two of my friends were birders and the others didn't have any specialized interest but they all had a positive attitude to nature so I am sure they would have enjoyed seeing the birds. It is just that they would probably struggle understanding that we are walking for a couple of hours to see a bird :) The trick is when we don't see anything ;)

Most of the time we were seeing small birds like Yellowhammers, Woodlarks, and Chaffinches. We had a lovely view of nicely displaying Common Buzzards and the energetic maneuvering flight of Ravens. After all the search I couldn't see a single bird of my target species. Well, on our way back to the cars I heard the call of Alpine Choughs which made me smile :) A small group of about 30+ were flying fairly low above us. By the time I took my long lens out, they were already quite high in the sky. Nevermind! At least we saw them. Further down but the forest a flight call of a Black Woodpecker and the call of a late Brambling made it a day.

In general it was a rather pleasant walk with some good birds and lovely friends. Well here is what it is all about:

landscape photography in Bulgaria
copyright Iordan Hristov © 2013

landscape photography in Bulgaria
copyright Iordan Hristov © 2013
landscape photography in Bulgaria
copyright Iordan Hristov © 2013
landscape photography in Bulgaria
copyright Iordan Hristov © 2013
landscape photography in Bulgaria
copyright Iordan Hristov © 2013
landscape photography in Bulgaria
copyright Iordan Hristov © 2013