Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hooded Crow tracks in snow

Tracks of Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) in fresh snow. Budapest, Hungary, January 2017 (Gerard Gorman).

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Happy Holidays


.. whether you celebrate Christmas or not!
A Great Bustard (Otis tarda) feather in snow, from the Kiskunság, Hungary (Gerard Gorman).

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Old nest of Blackbird

An old nest of a (Common) Blackbird (Turdus merula), Budapest, Hungary, December 2016. It was about 1.70m above ground in a willow tree. Gerard Gorman.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Shell of European Pond Terrapin

Empty shell of a European Pond Terrapin Emys orbicularis. It was unclear what happened to the actual turtle, the shell was some metres from water and there was no sign of any body remains. Kiskunság, Hungary. Gerard Gorman.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Great Bustard footprints

Footprints of Great Bustard Otis tarda in mud. Apaj, Kiskunság, Hungary. Gerard Gorman.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Black Woodpecker foraging site

Old tree stump hacked open in typical fashion by Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius. Note the oval hole (this one 12cm high and 5cm wide) and large woodchips (some 6cm long), scattered around. In Europe this kind of work is only done by Black Woodpecker, the largest woodpecker on the continent. Zempén Hills, Hungary, Gerard Gorman.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Lapwing Feathers

Feathers of Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Kiskunság, Hungary. Probably predated by a fox - note the sharply and evenly cut off quills (Gerard Gorman).

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Woodpecker Anvil with Cone

Conifer cone wedged in an 'anvil' of Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. Bükk Hills, Hungary, August 2015 (Gerard Gorman).

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Robin's Pin Cushion

A Robin's Pin Cushion. This is a gall made by the wasp Diplolepis rosae. This is fresh, old ones are dried and dark coloured. Aggtelek, Hungary, June 2015 (Gerard Gorman).

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Mole-rat Mounds
















Mole-rat mounds, Kiskunság, Hungary, May 2015. These mounds are around a metre across, much bigger than those of true moles (which are not related). It is unclear which species of Mole-rat this (Lesser or Balkan?) as the taxonomy of this group is under review.