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Red-backed Shrike photography in Bulgaria

Posted Monday 1st September 2014 at 17:15 by dancho_hristov
Updated Monday 2nd February 2015 at 16:03 by dancho_hristov
Bulgaria is the country for Red-backed Shrikes photography. It's been a long time since I last went out watching and photographing them. It was high time to spend some time with my favourite object and decided to explore the areas next to Sofia, Bulgaria. It is migration time so there should be some other birds around too.

So I did, managed to wake up before sunrise which was a bit difficult and soon I was on my way early enough to arrive at the first location at the "golden hour" for taking pictures. It was steaming with birds. Migrating Common Whitethroat, Whinchats, Stonechats, Willow Warbler were all around the fields. The local Red-backed Shrikes and Crested Larks were also around so luckily I managed to get a few shots of these quite often photographed birds.



Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio



Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio



Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio



Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio



Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio




Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis



Crested Lark Galerida cristata

After spending some time here I went to the next place - a marshland further west. There there were already grouped in flocks. Birdwatching in Bulgaria was also good 60+ Corn Buntings, 100+ Common Starlings, etc. In the marsh, a couple of Ferruginous Duck and Garganeys were still around. Several Little Grebes, Coots and Marsh Harriers were also here. So soon I started building up my list for the day.



Marsh Harrier

I wanted to spend some time and photograph the Ferruginous Duck but the conditions were not right and I didn't have the right equipment so I left the place and headed further west.

At the next place the Corn Buntings were 100+ in a flock. Here I wanted to check a site where birds often bathe but there was no water so no luck there. There were a few Common and Long-legged Buzzards, Water Rails, Great White Egrets and a single Black Stork. It was getting rather hot so I decided to go. Well it was a nice Sunday.
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