Alex Perry
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Bulgaria 2022, Day 17: South East Butterflies Part 1

October 2nd, 2023

The first of three days in the far south-east of the country. After a morning washout we had a good afternoon with two new species — an Assmann's Fritillary, and a tantalisingly brief Large Chequered Skipper.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 16: Some Herping & Atanasovsko Ezero Again

September 26th, 2023

Started off at a site north of Burgas to look unsuccessfully for Reddish Whip Snake. Then visited Atanasovsko Ezero again, and finished off along the southern Black Sea Coast with a rain-interrupted herping session.

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Bulgaria 2022: Dice Snake

September 24th, 2023

Some photos of a young Dice Snake we found at the end of day 15 of the trip.

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Bulgaria 2022: Dark Spreadwing

September 23rd, 2023

A selection of photos of a Dark Spreadwing we found at Pomorie Salt Museum.

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American Cliff Swallow at Joss Bay

September 20th, 2023

A quick visit to Joss Bay to see Kent's first American Cliff Swallow.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 15: Atanasovsko Ezero & more at Pomorie

September 18th, 2023

Today's main site was Atanasovsko Ezero, where a large number of Greater Flamingo and a small mix of waders were the highlights, as well as a few dragonflies and moths. At Pomorie in the evening the best bits were Dark Spreadwing and a Dice Snake.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 14 Part 2: Avocets & Stilts at Pomorie

September 13th, 2023

An evening session photographing in excellent light Black-winged Stilts and Avocets at Pomorie.

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Bulgaria 2022: Collared Pratincoles

September 12th, 2023

A selection of photos from an excellent session photographing one of my favourite species, the Collared Pratincole, at Poda BSPB.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 14 Part 1: Poda BSPB Reserve

August 31st, 2023

A visit to the Poda BSPB reserve, with a nice selection of birds, a Tree Frog, and a new species of bird for me: Citrine Wagtail.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 13 Part 2: Goritsa Forest Herps

August 22nd, 2023

An afternoon spent in the Goritsa Forest, unsuccessfully looking for Semicollared Flycatcher. We did however see some good herps, including more Meadow Lizards, and my first ever skink.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 13 Part 1: Steppe Birding

August 10th, 2023

This morning was spent birding the steppe around the village of Balgarevo, looking mainly for larks & pipits. Photography was challenging, but I came away with some atmospheric shots of most of the steppe specialists.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 12 Part 2: Cape Kaliakra — Mostly Wheatears!

August 8th, 2023

A late afternoon/evening visit to Cape Kaliakra was as productive as we hoped. Both Pied Wheatear and Northern Wheatear were easy to photograph. The day finished with a nice bonus in the form of a very obliging Tawny Pipit.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 12 Part 1 - Durankulak & a Lesser Grey Shrike

August 6th, 2023

The morning's main focus was hunting for Paddyfield Warbler — we were successful! Black Pennant was a nice bonus here too. We then moved on to another birdy site by the coast, before getting lucky with a showy Lesser Grey Shrike.

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Bulgaria 2022: Scarce Fritillary

August 4th, 2023

A selection of additional Scarce Fritillary images from the final (and most productive for this species) site we visited in the Suha Reka region.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 11: Suha Reka Butterflies

August 2nd, 2023

Exploring a couple more sites in the 'Suha Reka' area of Bulgaria for Scarce Fritillary. We saw plenty at the second site, as well as a nice mix of other butterflies.

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Rock Pipit at Reculver Towers

December 13th, 2022

A selection of Rock Pipit photos from a recent visit to Reculver Towers. I had been hoping to find photograph Black Redstart, but the chance to take my favourite Rock Pipit photos to date was decent enough compensation.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 10: Scarce Fritillaries & a Meadow Lizard

June 1st, 2022

A successful day despite only having a short amount of time, with a good session spent photographing Scarce Fritillary. There was also a nice bonus in the form of a Meadow Lizard, a new species for us.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 9: Sakar Region

May 31st, 2022

A day spent birding in the area of Bulgaria called Sakar. We failed to find one of the main targets, Eastern Imperial Eagle, but were successful with Masked Shrike and Lesser Kestrel amongst a nice variety of birds. We also searched unsuccessfully for Russian Heath, but were compensated with a range of other insects.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 8: Searching for Small Bath White

May 30th, 2022

The main target today was to search for a rare butterfly: the Small Bath White. We saw a nice variety of other Lepidoptera too, plus had a good time with Eastern Subalpine Warblers and a mix of other birds down by the river.

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Bulgaria 2022, Day 7: Raptors and other Eastern Rodopi Wildlife

May 29th, 2022

Spent the morning searching unsuccessfully for Sand Boa, but seeing an interesting range of wildlife including a low Lesser Spotted Eagle and lots of Dainty Bluet. Afternoon at a variety of other sites, photographing vultures, a surprise flock of pelicans, Schmidtler's Smooth Newt and various insects.

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