After the surprising weather of early spring, things went back to normal in Transylvania, with long periods of stabile warm weather, until some extreme heat waves in July. We have perfected our new dipper hide, witch has offered us great views of the birds and their feeding behavior.
Displaying Dipper (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
Insects in the beak of a Dipper (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
In the forests, very close to our base of operations, we have found a Ural Owl with 4 chicks, that allowed us to witness some unforgettable moments from a camouflaged cover over the course of 10 days. In the very same forests we had chance to study Woodpeckers too. This nice forest give home of 7 species of Woodpeckers among them the rare White-backed Woodpecker too.
Ural Owl hunting on the forest floor (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
Ural Owl chicks in front of a natural breeding hole. Look at the color difference between the two. (Photo: Dániel Balla)
Young Ural Owl, sitting motionless on a tree trunk (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
Ural Owl feeding its chick (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
A montage of a Ural Owl chick climbing a tree at 10 frames/second (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
Male White-backed Woodpecker in a drumming tree (Photo: Dániel Balla)
Black Woodpecker (Photo: Dániel Balla)
Three-toed Woodpecker is a higher elevation species in Transylvania that likes coniferous woodlands. All the 10 European Woodpecker species breeds in Transylvania! (Photo: Dániel Balla)
In late spring, the blossoming of the Narcissus meadows has been a real highlight, with close to 80 flowers per square meter blossoming at once, completely transforming the landscape.
Close view of the Narcissus flowers (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
First light on a Narcissus meadow in the Gurghiu mountains (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
Bird’s nest orchids – a special orchid that lacks chlorophyll (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
Our work in the last 5 years with bears has really started to pay off, offering excellent views and opportunities for photography in a variety of settings throughout the season.
A large female bear looking for food in a Transylvanian forest (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
A vigilant young bear crossing a field (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)