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Spotted Nutcracker photography in Bulgaria

Posted Friday 24th January 2014 at 15:29 by dancho_hristov
Updated Friday 24th January 2014 at 18:47 by dancho_hristov
Nutcrackers are not very rare but for some reason there aren't very many photos of these birds. Perhaps the areas where they live are too distant. Well, not for me.

Nutcrackers can be seen and photographed in Bulgaria just outside my home town.Today I decided to try photographing them.

Initially I wanted something different. A unique photo that you don't see. Rather motivated I woke up at 6 a.m. and sneaked out of the bed to arrive at first light at the Nutcracker location. The sunrise from the mountain next to Sofia was really pleasant.

I arrived at the spot right when the sunlight was coming through the conifer tree tops. Golden colour grass with patches of snow made the moment rather awakening. But... No birds. They had not yet awoken. Only a few Crossbills were calling from here and there followed by Bullfinches, Common Treecreeper, Firecrest, Willow Tit and a few other small birds.

I walked along a trail and back with no luck. Then i heard the call. Nutcracker. I decided to give it a try. Threw out some peanuts and in a minute a bird was around. Then a second one, third, fourth, birds turned up and with absolutely no anxiety, they started feeding. I threw some more peanuts and ended up with a couple of hundred shots. Well raw material. After post processing them I now have about 50 :) It was too dark. Here are a few shots:

Nutcracker photography by Iordan Hristov

Nutcracker photography by Iordan Hristov

Nutcracker photography by Iordan Hristov

Some misunderstanding between two birds had to be a subject of a dispute. I happened to be too close to get the full scene. Nevertheless, it's quite unique behaviour that I haven't seen photographed:

Nutcracker photography by Iordan Hristov

In addition to the Nutcrackers, a Red Squirrel turned up. It got a cone and stood up for some 5-10 minutes eating the seeds only about 5-6 m away from my camera. Here is the result:

Squirrel photography by Iordan Hristov

On my way home a party of passerines was feeding by the road a brief stop produced this lovely Willow Tit Poecile montanus.

Willow Tit photography by Iordan Hristov
What a nice way to end up the working week. Looking forward to the weekend when I hope I will have some more photography options.

Well if interested in seeing or photographing these lovely birds just drop me a line.

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Total Comments 3


Marmot's Avatar
Your peanuts were well worth the outstanding results you got. Your Squirrel is very dark to those se have in the UK which are Red Squirrels [quite rare] and Grey.
Posted Monday 27th January 2014 at 05:00 by Marmot Marmot is offline
dancho_hristov's Avatar
Thanks Marmot :)
Posted Monday 27th January 2014 at 05:41 by dancho_hristov dancho_hristov is offline
mali's Avatar
Some very nice pics...Well worth your early morning efforts.
Posted Wednesday 29th January 2014 at 12:56 by mali mali is offline
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