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Renowned as one of the finest wetland sites in Europe, lake Kerkini attracts a few dozens of thousands of water birds each winter. Dalmatian Pelicans gain full breeding plumage in late winter, one to two dozens of Greater Spotted Eagles winter regularly and other birds to look at include Lesser White-fronted Geese, thousands of Flamingoes, waterfowl and Pygmy Cormorants, Golden and White-tailed Eagle, Rock Nuthatch, woodpeckers or Eagle Owl.
Experience one of the best raptor watching in Europe including a vulture feeding place, a fantastic pelican show at Prespa lake and a great selection of Mediterranean passerines in the wonderful scenery of South Macedonia and at Prespa lake in Greece. We will hope to find such delights as Lanner, Imperial Eagle, Dalmatian Pelican or Masked Shrike.
Millions of birds pass through Cyprus every year during the spring migration and many of them can be seen along the coast and rivers. Two local endemics, Cyprus Wheatear and Cyprus Warbler, are then joined by many other species that are difficult to see elsewhere in Europe like Chukar, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Spectacled Warbler, Spur-winged and Greater Sand Plover, Cretzschmar´s Bunting, Desert Wheatear, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Demoiselle Crane, Bimaculated Lark or Pied Kingfisher.
Belarus has recently become one of the prime birding destinations in Europe. The variety of birds includes several highlight species very rarely seen in other parts of Europe. It is truly an unbeatable paradise remaining intact and wild with huge populations of Bison, Lynx and Wolf as well as Azure Tit, Greater Spotted Eagle, Great Snipe, Terek Sandpiper, Three-toed Woodpecker, Citrine Wagtail or Aquatic Warbler.
Varied landscapes and the position of Macedonia at the crossroads of the Balkans combine with traditional land management to create the right ingredients for abundant and diverse wildlife. Stunning butterflies and a great range of birds are an obvious focus, but flowers and other insects also abound and promise plenty of Balkan specialities, not to mention variety of lizards, snakes and turtles and flowers.
.. your natural choice in Eastern Europe
First Bramblings have arrived to Central Europe alongside with other birds from the North. Forthcoming winter may be better than the last one .. This flock of some 600 Greenfinches was hiding 50 of them.
První jikavci už ze severu dorazili. Snad bude zima lepší než ta poslední. Toto hejno asi 600 zvonků jich skrývalo okolo 50.
Things have settled down and we are able to add a few more posts. This collage from Macedonia shows some of the many highlights seen on the tour.
Pár lepších druhů z červencové Makedonie. Výčet odshora zleva.
From upper left corner: Levant Sparrowhawk, Black Pennant (Selysiothemis nigra, second site for Macedonia), Lizard Orchid (Himantoglossum caprinum), Lesser Kestrel, Blue-eyed Hawker (Cordulegaster insignis, new site of this species), Geranium cinereum, White Pelican, Damon Blue (Polyommatus damon), Little Tiger Blue (Tarucus..