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  1. Scridifer

    Scridifer's Bulgaria List

    Birds seen in Byala, Bulgaria unless otherwise stated. Lifers in Bold. 01/01/2022 1) House Sparrow 2) Great Tit 3) Jay 4) Dunnock 5) Chaffinch 6) Blue Tit 7) Wren 8) Siskin 9) Coot 10) Great Cormorant 11) Yellow-legged Gull 12) Mallard 13) Black-necked Grebe 14) Linnet 15) Goldfinch 16)...
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    Spreadwing ID Bulgaria

    Am I right in thinking this is Lestes sponsa? The lower appendages seem fairly thin and straight to me but I don't have much experience with this species and L. dryas. Seen near the Black Sea coast this morning. TIA, Chris
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    Skipper ID Bulgaria

    Saw this Carcharodus sp. yesterday close to the Black Sea coast. I often see C. alceae but the white markings seem too strong on this specimen. Couldn't see the hindwing unfortunately. Any thoughts? TIA, Chris
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    Wonderful customer service!

    Having lost one of the rubber cups from the twist-up eye pieces on my SV 8x32s I e-mailed Kowa Germany to see if it was possible to purchase a replacement. That was late on New Year's Day. A brief exchange of e-mails with Monika ensued to ascertain exactly what I needed and Today a new pair of...
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    Scridifer's 2021 Bulgaria List

    Birds seen in Byala, Bulgaria unless otherwise stated. Lifers in Bold. 01/01/21 1) House Sparrow 2) Great Tit 3) Blue Tit 4) Collared Dove 5) Black Redstart 6) Corn Bunting 7) Goldfinch 8) Little Owl 9) Greenfinch 10) Common Buzzard 11) Blackbird 12) Skylark 13) Jay 14) Tree Sparrow 15) Reed...
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    Which Spreadwing? Bulgaria

    Horribly back-lit so the colouration is off - is there anything structurally to provide an ID? Taken near the Black Sea coast this morning. Thanks, Chris
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    Bulgaria - Willow Spreadwing?

    Taken yesterday near the southern Black Sea coast. TIA, Chris
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    Aeshna mixta? Bulgaria

    Fairly sure this is a male Migrant Hawker but would appreciate confirmation. seen this morning not far from the Black Sea coast. TIA, Chris
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    Willow Spreadwing - Bulgaria

    I think I'm right in saying this is a female Willow Spreadwing. Am I also right in thinking there is no way of being sure if it is Eastern or Western without detailed examination of the ovipositor? Taken this morning near Obzor not far from the Black Sea coast. TIA, Chris
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    Anax imperator? Bulgaria

    Not the easiest photo, it was quite distant. I'm guessing female Blue Emperor. Taken this morning near the Black Sea coast. TIA, Chris
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    Broad Scarlet? Bulgaria

    Taken this afternoon. Fairly sure it is a male Ruddy Darter now! TIA, Chris
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    Southern Darters?

    Male and female Sympetrum meridionale? Taken this afternoon in SE Bulgaria. TIA, Chris
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    Ichneumonid? Bulgaria

    Seen near Varna, Bulgaria 24/08/20. TIA, Chris
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    Male Common Bluetail?

    Marshland near Varna, Bulgarian Black Sea coast Today. TIA, Chris
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    Black-tailed Skimmer?

    Taken in June by the southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. TIA, Chris
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    Southern Darter?

    Taken this morning near the Black sea coast of Bulgaria. TIA, Chris
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    Wader ID Bulgaria

    Burgas on the southern Black Sea coast yesterday. I thought Wood Sandpiper but didn't seem quite right somehow. TIA, Chris
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    Orbed Red Underwing Skipper? Bulgaria

    Taken this morning not far from the Black Sea coast. Spialia orbifer is my best guess. TIA, Chris
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    Which Leptidea? Bulgaria

    A Wood White but is it possible to say which? Near the Black Sea cost on 16/06/20. TIA Chris
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    Provencal Short-tailed Blue? Bulgaria

    Close to the Black Sea coast on 16/06/20. TIA, Chris
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    Skipper ID Bulgaria

    Is it possible to ID this Skipper without a ventral view? Taken yesterday near the Black Sea coast. TIA, Chris
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    Beetle ID Bulgaria

    Found this beauty in a forest near home close to the Black Sea coast this morning. Not small, perhaps the size of my thumb. Thanks in advance, Chris
  23. Scridifer

    Tenerife & Fuerteventura 26th Jan to 5th Feb 2020

    Firstly it's probably worth cautioning those thinking of visiting either of these delightful islands not to start from the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria! However it was my birthday and that was where I wanted to go so that was that! A four hour drive to Sofia and an early evening BA flight into...
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    Scridifer's Bulgarian List 2020

    Birds seen in Byala, Bulgaria unless otherwise stated. Lifers in Bold. 01/01/2020 Dyulino 1) Great Tit 2) Chaffinch 3) Blackbird 01/01/20 4) Common Buzzard 5) House Sparrow 6) Starling 7) Wood Pigeon 8) Corn Bunting 9) Song Thrush 10) Reed Bunting 11) Skylark 12) Goldfinch 13) Blue Tit 14)...
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    Tripod & head - overkill?

    I have decided to purchase an Opticron MM4 77 and now thoughts turn to the best options for tripod and head! I am thinking of the Manfrotto MVH500AH which seems to be highly regarded here and pairing it with Manfrotto MT290TC3 Xtra carbon fibre legs. With an angled MM4 I should be able to use...
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