Early Spring with Brown Bears

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.

Brown BearBrown Bear approaching the feeding area step by step  (Photo: Sylvian Lefebvre)

Female Brown BearFemale Brown Bear (Photo: Sylvian Lefebvre)

Brown BearBrown Bear (Photo: Sylvian Lefebvre)

bear familyBear family (Photo: Zsolt Babos)

Brown BearBears smelling the air quite often (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Brown BearBrown Bear (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Brown BearBrown Bear eating corn (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

As we waiting the Bears always something else is happening in front of us.

stock dove Stock Doves are daily visitors of the feeding area (Photo: Jeff Kew)

magpieArguing 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 EagleLesser 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.

filedfare Fieldfare and Mistle Thursh looking for food in a snowy day (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Mistle ThurshMistle Thrush with a worm (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Ring OuzelFemale Ring Ouzel looking for food arround a winter holiday resort (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

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:

WallcreeperWallcreeper in flight (Photo: Jeff Kew)

WallcreeperFemale Wallcreeper (Photo: Jeff Kew)

WallcreeperWallcreeeprs (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

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 owlUral 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.


Sakertour team



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