Garth Peacock
Romania Day 3 - 10th June 2019


Could be the last one for a while.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

We are into March already

Monday 9th March 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

Slimbridge WWT Gloucestershire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

That's the end of 2019 for me.

Friday 20th December 2019

Disaster strikes

Monday 2nd December 2019

It's still very hard work

Saturday 9th November 2019

A quiet month overall

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Week ending 11th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

A quiet week

Friday 4th October 2019

A week of mixed fortunes

Tuesday 1st October 2019

The final catch-up

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Post Romania

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Romania Day 7 - 14th June 2019

Saturday 17th August 2019

Romania Day 6 - 13th June 2019

Friday 16th August 2019

Romania Day 5 - 12th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

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Tuesday 9th July 2019

With loads of photos to sort from this trip, the last couple of weeks have been frustrating, to say the least. Somehow, I ended up with a trapped nerve in my back - extremely painful - that prevented me from driving or doing any work on the computer. So all those photos have sat there, languishing on the hard drive. Anyway, I have now recovered sufficiently, after being pumped full of anti-inflamatories and pain-killers, to be able to complete the photos from day 3 so here we go.

There was a change of Sakertours guide and Zoltan, who was our excellent guide last year, had taken over for the rest of the trip in the delta. This morning was a longish drive to the Macin Mountains - well not really mountains but a range of forested hills. The hotel was a new one and quite comfortable and, after checking in, we separated from the other two on this trip and went to a drinking pool hide in the forest. Photography here was quite challenging as the light was dappled sunshine if we were lucky so most of the time we were using lowish shutter speeds to keep the ISO to manageable levels.

Once settled in to the hide and plastered with insect repellant, the first visitor was a Syrian Woodpecker, very similar to our Great Spotted Woodpecker. First a female

and then a male

In fact these were regular visitors, closely followed by the local Nightingales. I find it very strange that they are so shy in the UK, hiding in the undergrowth, but will readily emerge into the open in Eastern Europe.

Also regular visitors during this session was a pair of Turtle Doves.

A new species for me, Sombre Tit also made the odd appearance.

as did a very tatty looking Middle Spotted Woodpecker.

The Turtle doves returned to show very nicely

and to drink.

As the evening wore on, the sunlight settled on a branch over the drinking pool and I was just thinking how great it would be if a Nightingale perched on it when it did and even burst into song for the shot of the day.

Later on, the light was going when a surprise Song Thrush appeared. I would not have showed this photo except that it was taken at ISO 8000 and 1/160th second shutter speed. I was very surprised that is usable, if not the best quality.

Time for a meal at a local restaurant followed by a shower to clear off the insect repellent before downloading and recharging batteries and me with some sleep before another very early start tomorrow.