Today was a largely grey day with a few spots of rain but that did nothing to dampen spirits. Along with a showy Great Grey Shrike we saw Great Egret, Pygmy Cormorant, Short-toed Treecreeper, Hen and Marsh Harriers, White-tailed Eagle plus the obligatory Long-eared Owls.
We also got lucky finding three Short-eared Owls amongst a LEO roost. They were readily identifiable by their larger size, longer narrower wings and by their habit of spiralling upwards before returning to their perch. LEO’s when disturbed tend to fly low and direct into a nearby tree.
My long awaited Serbia Winter Owl Trip is underway and day one was absolutely awesome. Today was spent in the Rusanda area as well as the owl capital of the world – Kikinda. Of course, Long-eared Owls were the order of the day!
However, by far the biggest surprise of the day was a young female Wild Cat seen by chance along the roadside on the way to Kikinda. It was hiding in a ditch trying to conceal itself from a shepherd and his dogs that were a mere hundred yards away in the next field.
I managed to grab a couple of shots before it slunk away. It was my first ever Wild Cat and totally unexpected!
Here’s to more owls tomorrow!
The group with Milan Ružić, my guide (2nd on left)