|Colour-ringed male Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana|
|Male Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana on Quercus pubescens - a favourite song post|
|Female Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana|
The local pair of GOLDEN EAGLES is doing well, with one fluffy chick visible in the nest. When I arrived on site at dawn, the adult male was perched on a pine some 50-100 metres in front of me!
The situation is otherwise pretty lively "at the buntings" with loads of birds. Most obvious are Hoopoes (up to 5 singing), also frequently flushed from the local roads. Among the various singing Cuckoos today I also saw a rufous female, which I've never seen before.
More entertainment was provided by two singing Subalpine Warblers (perhaps the first I get in Slovenia?), 2-3 Turtle Doves, 1 Quail, 1 Black & 1 Grey-headed Woodpecker, Melodious Warbler, fly-by Alpine Swifts and a happy family of Rock Buntings.
On the way back home I was greeted by a Short-toed Eagle flying over the motorway.
|Always a pleasure to see - Hoope Upupa epops|