Saturday, 16 May 2009

A Postcard from Poland

Just landed at Heathrow after a fantastic week in eastern Poland, guiding for Shetland Wildlife. In Bialowieza Forest we once again saw nine species of woodpecker including White-backed, Three-toed, Middle-spotted, Black, Grey-headed, Lesser Spotted and Wryneck. Also lots of Icterine and Barred Warblers, Thrush Nightingales, Collared Flycatchers, Hawfinches, plenty of Lesser spotted Eagles, Hobbies, Honey Buzzards and Black Storks. Nearby at Siemianwka Lake we had superb views of a pair of Citrine Wagtails and also found a pale morph Arctic Skua! Great Snipes were seen at our usual lek site and what a superb show they put on for us at dusk. Once again we also managed to find a superb Roller, which is now a critically endangered breeding species in Poland. Biebrza marshes yielded us with great looks at Aquatic, River and Savi's Warblers, Greater spotted, Lesser spotted and White-tailed Eagles, Montagu's Harriers, singing Spotted Crakes and Corncrakes, masses of Ruff, Wood Sandpipers and Spotted Redshanks, Temminck's Stint, White-spotted Bluethroats, Ortolan Buntings and truly staggering numbers of White-winged Black, Black and Whiskered Terns. A great trip and a very special place indeed. My thanks to Waldy, Bozena, Pietr and Tomasz.

White-winged Black Terns provided outstanding opportunities so before I get down to the massive job of editing, here are a few fresh out of the camera...