Brown Bear Photo season in Transylvania started in early April with snow storm and cold wind. This weather was a bit strange but not unexpected in this time of the year. Anyway, Bears visited our feeding area every day but may happened they just came late for photography. As daytime started to be more longer mid April was the perfect time to study and photograph Brown Bears in a very good light conditions almost every day! Now a total of 5 Bears coming regularly to the main hide; a mother bear with 2 cubs plus 2 younger Bear but we excepting more in May as the mating season approaching quickly.
Female Brown Bear (Photo: Sylvian Lefebvre)
Brown Bear (Photo: Sylvian Lefebvre)
Bear family (Photo: Zsolt Babos)
Bears smelling the air quite often (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Brown Bear (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Brown Bear eating corn (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
As we waiting the Bears always something else is happening in front of us.
Stock Doves are daily visitors of the feeding area (Photo: Jeff Kew)
Arguing Magpies (Photo: Jeff Kew)
On 3rd April the first Lesser Spotted Eagles arrived to the breeding area but surprisingly the landscape was completely covered by 5-10 cm snow.
Lesser Spotted Eagle (Photo: Jeff Kew)
Due to the snow covered fields and cold wind some bird species like Thrushes, Wagtails, Pipits or Stonechat congregate around periodic puddles to find insects and worms. This time they tolerated the photographers a bit more than normally do.
The Wallcreeper breeding area at Bicaz Gorge was good every time we were there and many times we found the birds feeding lower because of the strong wind. The rocky walls are very high here so we needed luck to find one low enough to take a good picture. These are the results:
Female Wallcreeper (Photo: Jeff Kew)
Ural Owls has definitely a bad breeding year here because of lack of food in the forests. Many times we saw birds very close or even inside the villages/towns looking for easier food.
Ural Owl (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
As May approaching more and more birds arriving to the breeding grounds and in front of the Bear hides the activity hopefully become even better.