Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Destinations: Zahorie - Slovakia

Zahorie is a lowland floodplain in the very west Of Slovakia, along the Austrian border. Bratislava is less than an hour to the south. There are wet meadows, marshes, reedbeds, pine-dotted dunes and oak, poplar and willow woodlands here, all good for amphibians, dragonflies and lowland loving butterflies in summer. Breeding birds include both Black and White Storks, which are fairly common, Black and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, and raptors like Saker, Red and Black Kites and Marsh and Montagu's Harriers. 

Monday, 5 September 2011

Wildlife: Common Nawab

The Common Nawab Polyura athamas is a large, attractive common butterfly in much of south-east Asia. It occurs from the Himalayas to Indonesia. It is fast-flying but often alights and is then easy to photograph.