21st July, 2021 | News & updates
it has been quite some time since I made an English post about what is new at this website. Today is the day I make another one! Let’s start with the gallery, as usual.
Since last update, there has been many new photos uploaded – more accurately 407 individuals. Not bad, right? Most of these are already uploaded species which were updated with new birds, but there are also some new species additions, too! Such as e.g. the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Wood Pidgeon, or finally also the Eurasian Hoopoe or another exciting new species – the Moustached Warbler. Quite a rarity in Czechia, but I was lucky enough to witness the capture of two individuals in two successive days (and what more – of a probable breeding pair, stay tuned!). What an amazing moment! If you look closely, you can see that there have been two groups of birds that have been updated the most: the Sylvia warblers and the European Bee-eater. Both makes actually good sense as I am more and more focusing on these two groups of birds. Eurasian Bee-eater is actually becoming one of the most photographed species in the gallery, because this year is very special in respect to bee-eaters and I hope I will make another post about these amazing birds soon.
When talking about bee-eaters, I also updated its sexing & ageing article, too (mainly morphometric sexing). After the season ends, I will update it even more as we managed to collect more pictures illustrating the progress from second calendar year to third one, some other complicated cases and arrested moults. I will let you know.
Another well represented bird species (and a new addition to the gallery, too) is the White Wagtail. That is another species I am more specializing on. And it starts to pay off! I found a new sexing criterion that can be used during autumn (previously sexing was not possible or uncertain), not previously described elsewhere. Check it out in the sexing & ageing article about this very interesting and elegant little bird. And if possible, join me this autumn and help me entangle its migratory behaviour!
Maybe you also check the newly established “Czech posts” section from time to time (maybe not). But if you do, you can see, that I am much more productive regarding blogging in Czech than in English. I apologize for that. But do not worry, I am planning to translate some of the Czech posts also to English. First will come my new miniseries about redstarts. First part of this series deals with one particular hybrid of Common and Black Redstart and about redstarts in general. The second one is equally interesting, and I hope you will find it informative. You will find both these articles here, soon.
So, stay tuned, there are going to be more things happening in near future!
And thanks for visiting!