неделя, 1 юни 2014 г.

Birdwatching and photography trip around Bulgaria and Greece: 24.05-2.06, day 7


After the late night we had a lay down and had a pretty late breakfast. Understand 8,30 J It was pretty rainy so it didn’t really matter. We had lovely French toast with home made raspberry jam and off we went to our first.

We decided to try and see the Balkan Chamois which I expected to be difficult in the rain. The situation was even more difficult with the mist in the high parts of the mountains. We drove up a hill and stopped a good look out point. The mist and the rain were just too much. So nothing here but I didn’t give up. The location was pretty certain so decided to check from a different angle. We drove another km or so and there they were – A mother with three calves and two more adult were calmly grazing in between some cliffs. They quite far for a photo but not for the scope. We enjoyed them for a while and off we went to our next destination. It was high time to go to the lowlands.

Balkan Chamois
Balkan Chamois place
In an hour drive along the winding roads we arrived in the lowlands. The first birds to spot were a pair of Syrian Woodpeckers, then Black-headed Bunting and so the species list started to change. We grabbed a few things for lunch and went to The proper place for birding. 

Once approaching it we got a lovely Masked Shrike sitting just by the side of the road. Loads of Crested Larks, Woodchat Shrike, Black-headed Buntings were just the few birds seen before getting of the van. Then we started ticking Bee-eaters, Olivaceous Warbler, Lesser-grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike and the highlight Rose-coloured Starling. Three groups of 10-15 birds each flied past.

After an hour and a half we wanted to change location to search for a few other birds. At the next place we saw our first Montagu’s Harrier and a Tawny pipit which was just sitting around while we had our lunch. One juvenile and one adult Short-toed Eagles were hunting at the same time to have their lunch. A walk in the area produced a few Calandra Larks, Little Owl, Hobby and that’s about it. It was time to go. We had about two hours drive to our hotel.