Thursday, 31 December 2015

Destinations: Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

The Cuc Phuong NP lies in northern Vietnam. It is a scenic forested limestone upland around 120km SW of Hanoi. There is a national park HQ that organises guides and excursions to the main sites. One can stay right in the park as there is a simple but more than adequate guesthouse and a restaurant. The staff are very helpful. Special wildlife includes the rare primate Delacour's Langur and Red-collared Woodpecker. It is a place to take one's time, walking and trekking in search of wildlife, with mornings and evenings definitely best.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Crane Migration in Hungary

Every autumn over 100,000 Common Cranes (Grus grus) pass through and linger in eastern Hungary. Watching them and listeneing to them at dusk as they go to roost is a great event, one of Europe's top birding spectaculars. Photo of this group in the twilight by Gerard Gorman:

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Accommodation: Metsola Apartments, Spanish Pyrenees

The Metsola Apartments are located in the quaint village of Isaba, in the Roncal Valley, Navarra, Spain. This is an excellent base from which to explore the Western Pyrenees. The rooms are high standard, with a kitchen and free WIFI. No meals are served, but several eateries of all types are nearby. The very helpful staff speak several languages. The surrounding area is very scenic, in all seasons, and rich in birds, especially raptors. Wild Cat, Alpine Chamois and Alpine Marmot also occur. All in all, Metsola is a quality option for wildlife travellers to this beautiful mountain region.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cattle Egret & Water Buffalo.

This Cattle Egret was rudely photo-bombed by a Water Buffalo. South Andaman, Andaman Islands, India.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Popular Birds: Hoopoe

European Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Kiskunság, Hungary. These amazing birds are always popular and make great photographic subjects.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A migratory raptor: Honey Buzzard

European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) Hungary. This migratory raptor is now back in Europe back after a winter further south in warmer climes. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Smallest Bird in Europe: Goldcrest

The tiny Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) is the smallest bird in Europe. Some are just 8.5cm in length from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail. They are fairly widespread and locally common.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Wildlife: Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. Budapest, Hungary (Gerard Gorman). This is the most common and widespread woodpecker in Europe. It is often an urban bird and readily visits gardens, even in cities.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Destinations: Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines

Subic Bay lies about 2 hours by road NW of Manila. It is a great birding destination, one of the easiest to work in the Philippines, with good roads through old forests, some of which is protected. Several Philippine bird endemics can be found here including some woodpeckers, owls and this one, Coleto, a species of starling.