Back to Bulgaria and the Balkan Ecology Project for the next week. PREVIOUSLY IN BULGARIA
Spent today having a look west of the village, a bit round the garden and the evening on the Shipka birding road.
As usual the abundance of wildlife is staggering; Turtle Doves, Cuckoos, Corn Buntings, Skylarks, Tree Sparrows, Red-backed Shrikes, Golden Orioles, Hoopoes, Black-headed Buntings, Quails, Hawfinches, Syrian Woodpeckers, Black-headed Wagtails, Tawny Pipits, Crested Larks, Isabelline Wheatears, Red-rumped Swallows, Alpine Swifts, Long-legged Buzzards and an abundance of butterflies, insects, wildflowers, lizards, snakes, hares and Sousliks all within walking distance of the house.
Here's a few photos from today:
Isabelline Wheatear (with some missing feathers)
Juvenile Red-backed Shrike
Ex-communist factory- 1000+ House Martin colony based here now
Steppe Habitat in the Valley of the Roses- Salvias, Mullein, Corn Marigolds and Corncockles in the foreground
I like it here
Smooth Snake (female)
Grass Snake (male)
Beautiful Demoseille (male)
Spurge Hawk Moth caterpillar
Some insects to identify (any help much appreciated)