Thursday, 16 May 2013

Collared Flycatcher

Our annual week-long pho-tour to eastern Hungary was another sell-out! A wide range of exciting species were photographed by our guests from the series of innovative hides we use on this departure. Photographic highlights included Rollers, Pygmy Cormorants, Red-footed Falcons, Black Storks, Hoopoes, Hawfinches, Collared Flycatchers, Wryneck,  White-winged Black and Whiskered Terns, White-tailed Eagle,  Middle-spotted and Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers,  Red-backed Shrike, Turtle Dove and Common Nightingale.

In 2014 we will run this very popular trip from 25 April -  2 May - all the details are here and we advise early bookings!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Siberian Tit in a blizzard

Our two sell-out, week-long back-to-back winter pho-tours to Finland and Arctic Norway proved yet again to be another huge success with some great subjects on offer. Our guest house feeding station in Lapland provided us with outstanding opportunities once again with the normally secretive Pine Grosbeak along with Siberian Jays, Siberian Tits, Common Redpolls and plenty of Arctic Redpolls. Continuing into northern Norway and basing ourselves in the Varanger region we concentrated primarily on seabirds and sea duck, with an emphasis on capturing the two 'rarer' Eiders - Kings and Steller's. Good weather allowed us to take full advantage of the sea conditions and we managed a couple of superb sessions in the new floating hides and undertook several boat trips to get in amongst the birds. Opportunities from the boats, hides and from land allowed our travellers to secure some stunning shots! We were also treated to some great Auroras and we took full advantage of photographing it. In 2014 we will run this holiday from 8 -15 March - all the details are here. As pioneers of this unique itinerary, the trip has always sold out since its inception so book early!