Dec 142014

From the 6th to the 9th of December, Glyn, Richard, Mike and myself spent a few days birding in Southern Poland. Our aim was to photograph some of the Long-eared Owls that roost at several sites around the city of Krakow. Glyn made contact with our local guide, Felix Felger, who made all the arrangements with a hotel, transport and birding hotspots. We visited several roosts on and off during our stay and had some remarkable views of LEO’s, despite two days of really poor weather conditions.

We visited some stunning ancient forest and we tried on several occasions for Ural Owl, but only had a female calling one evening at dusk, along with several Tawny Owl. The call of a female Ural Owl is remarkable, sounding just like a distant barking dog. We did however have some superb views of Middle Spotted and Grey-headed Woodpecker. Other decent birds were White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged Buzzard, Great Grey Shrike, Caspian Gull, Black-thoated Diver and Smew. Several Red Squirrel, Roe Deer and lots of Wild Boar activity, but no sightings.

This was my first visit to Poland and I was very impressed. The old city of Krakow was very attractive, with a large Christmas Market making the experience very festive. Shame about the weather but at least we did get some half decent shots of LEO’s. Looking forward to visiting this country again some time.


LEO 1130811

LEO 1152812

LEO 9563815


LEO55Q9624818 LEO55Q9644820

Long-eared Owl – Above six images at one roost which had up to 13 birds – Tony Davison©


Long-eared Owl – A single bird on its own – Tony Davison©

LEO 7879814


Long-eared Owl – Taken one afternoon in very gloomy and hazy sunshine. The second roost we visited which held three birds. Tony Davison©

Middle Spot 9814816 MSW 9827838 MSW 9843839

Middle Spotted Woodpecker – Probably a female – Above three images – Tony Davison©

Caspian Gull 3rdw7736830 Caspian Gull 7740832 Caspian Gull 7765833 Caspian Gull 7823836

Caspian Gull – Probably a fourth winter, near adult – Krakow, Poland – Tony Davison© – Photographs were taken in heavy sleet and very grey gloomy conditions.

Caspian Gull 1stw 7797835

Caspian Gull – 1st winter – Krakow, Poland – Tony Davison©

Common Gull 7733829

Common Gull – Krakow, Poland – Tony Davison©

Frosty Leaves 7678826

Hoar Frost in the forest – Tony Davison©


Frosty Wood 7711828

Ancient Forest, Krakow, Poland – Tony Davison©


Frosty Wood 7709827

Ancient Forest – Krakow, Poland – Tony Davison© – There was a fantastic covering of Hoar Frost throughout the forest.




 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

css.php Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.