Category Archives: Austria

Corvid Collection

We tend to focus on the big, scary, and generally impressive raptors, but this part of the world also has some splendid corvid species to enjoy. Perhaps the most common here are the rooks. Their bare beaks remind me a … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast

One river, two countries, and some contrasting wildlife this week. In Slovakia, this little fellow lives by the Danube: Upstream, in Austria’s Donau-Auen national park, we met: In Slovak, wild boar is “diviak”, which seems to mean literally “wild thing”. … Continue reading

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Eyes

Eyes which have caught mine recently; starting with some Austrian insects: Storks’ naturally high position is extremely suitable for glaring: Oxford geese showed an interesting variety of colours: While one wouldn’t want to upset the Headington kite:

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Black kite and …

I finished work early today, so I took the opportunity to spend some time on the Morava river. As did this black kite, who also found his dinner there: From the same spot last week, I saw a couple of … Continue reading

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Osprey and chicks

I took a break from watching the osprey chicks emerging on the webcams from Scotland, to spend some time at our own birding hotspot: the Morava river. Imagine my surprise when I saw this fellow flapping upstream towards me: It’s … Continue reading

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Spring Sightings

Summer is gradually winning out over winter here, though today the storks looked like they wished they were back in Kenya. They’re still incubating, plus whitewashing the sides of their nest: That sparrow needs to be careful. Their near neighbours … Continue reading

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Austrian Birds

Our Easter trip to Graz turned up a few birds that were new to us. Blackcap: Despite the odd appearance, I suspect that this happy little chap is a mallard underneath: The river provided goosanders: And, very excitingly, a dipper, … Continue reading

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Great and Small

The last couple of weekends have been spent either side of the Morava river, where quite a range of beasties are making their homes. Roe deer are very cautious, but at least they’re big enough to photograph without too much … Continue reading

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Big Birds 2

Round about now is the end of the bustard season here. For now, they’re nicely visible in the wintry fields: They tend to favour the Austrian rather than the Slovak side of the border, so a background of wind turbines … Continue reading

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Pond Life

Much of our free time recently has been spend near the Morava and Danube, which have backwaters and lakes very popular with a range of species. The kings are of course the storks: over the past week, we’ve seen the … Continue reading

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