неделя, 1 юни 2014 г.

Birdwatching and photography trip around Bulgaria and Greece: 24.05-2.06, day 9



Today I wanted us to try again for the Rock Partridge although the weather was really nasty. Same as yesterday but at least there wasn’t any rain and wind was fairly minor. We drove up to the top of the hill but the fog was just too thick. Nothing turned up on the way up. We spend half an hour or so up there and decided to leave. On the way down we saw an interesting rufous morph of the Common Cuckoo.

Our next stop was going to be in a totally different habitat – beech forest. We wanted to see some woodpeckers and flycatchers. We drove up a pretty rough terrain. Luckily we changed vehicles so the new one was able to go off-road and did really well with it. Once we arrived in the area we managed to hear our first Semi-collared Flycatcher. Not well seen by everyone we continued looking for it. An hour later we had that too, and then another and another but the forest was quiet. Absolutely superb beech with lots of dead wood. Signs of woodpeckers were everywhere. Here we were hoping to see White-backed, Black, Grey-headed and Middle-spotted Woodpeckers. Well, we so none. The forest was really quiet. Other than the Semi-collared Flycatcher, I head one Red-breasted Flycatcher but no one managed to see or hear it so that may not count. There were a few Common Tree-creepers, Nuthatches and lots of Chaffinches but no word about the woodpeckers. Well it isn’t going to be today.
 
beech forest in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
beech forest in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
beech forest in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
beech forest in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
beech forest in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
beech forest in Bulgaria, copyright Iordan Hristov
On the way down from the mountain we saw a lovely hedgehog walking along the track and heard Tawny Owl chicks. This sounds like a reasonable end of the day.