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.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Black Woodpecker foraging cavity

This huge (approx 20cm x 15cm) freshly made hole is the work of Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius). In Europe only this species makes such holes. The edges of the hole are cut with almost mechanical precision by this woodpecker with its sharp, chisel-shaped beak. In most cases such holes are made when tree-dwelling carpenter ant colonies are sought. Buda Hills, Hungary, April 2015 (Gerard Gorman).