Monday, 31 August 2009

Bee-eater Colony

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster colony, Bukk Hills Hungary, August 2009. The active holes are the smaller, more uniform ones. The large holes are older ones, opened up by other wildlife or by the elements and erosion. Colonies are usually created in soft, sandy banks.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Tree Barked By Deer

Tree barked and gnawed by deer. Barking is the eating of bark. The bark can be seen to have been stripped and tooth marks apparent. Bukk Hills, Hungary, May 2009. It is hard to say for sure which species did this, but only Roe and Red Deer occur in that area.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Crane Feathers

Feathers of Common Crane Grus grus. Hortobagy, Hungary, August 2009.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Otter Trail

Trail made by Otter Lutra lutra from land into a channel. Note this is not the so-called "otter-slide" where a path is made on a slope, this is merely a path where the vegetation is parted by an otter taking a regular route. Habitat, food remains, droppings and footprints help identify such trails as made by otters. Hortobagy fishponds, Hungary, August 2009.

Friday, 14 August 2009

White Stork: Debris Below Nest

White splash of droppings and sticks in street below a nest of White Stork Ciconia ciconia. Tiszacsege, Hungary, August 2009.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Barn Owl Feathers and Pellets

Barn Owl Tyto alba feathers and pellets. Found on the floor of an old barn on the Hortobagy, Hungary, August 2009.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Broken Wolf Scat

Scat (dropping) of Wolf Canis lupus.The dropping is in four pieces but was most likely a single or two scats when produced. Note the dry nature of the scat (meaning it is not fresh). The fur and hair content and grey colour are typical for Wolf. Found in the Slovensky kras NP, Slovakia, in March 2009.