Bird, bug, butterfly and a wild variety of photos from Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and Spain by Irish wildlife photographer Patrick J. O'Keeffe and invited guests

Monday, 30 June 2014

ALPINE SWIFT (Apus melba) Fortress of Kaliakra, Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria

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The Alpine Swift (Apus melba) is a large member of the swift family. It is summer resident, from April to September, in southern Europe and western/southern Asia. During the spring and autumn, it’s a rare but annual overshooting migrant north of the breeding range. In September, it migrates south to spend the winter in southern Africa. Text © www.rawbirds.com

Thursday, 26 June 2014

PADDYFIELD WARBLER Acrocephalus agricola Durankulak Lake, Durankulak, Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria

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The Paddyfield Warbler (Acrocephalus agricola) is a species of marsh warbler of the family Acrocephalidae which is in the genus Acrocephalus. It is a summer resident in temperate parts of central Asia. In addition, there are also small breeding populations in eastern Europe along the western shores of the Black Sea around the border between Bulgaria and Romania. It mainly occurs in reed beds, tall grassland and rice fields. This migratory species winters on the Indian subcontinent. Outside its normal range, it occurs as a very rare overshooting autumn migrant to other parts Europe. The closely related Manchurian Reed Warbler (A. tangorum) was formally considered to be a subspecies of A. agricola.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddyfield_warbler