Sunday, 23 October 2016


Week two saw us in Montenegro staying just outside Budva in Becici, So would the bird sightings improve...... not a lot! We did quickly add Common Buzzard to our list, seen patrolling the mountain ridge visable from our hotel room.
Not a great photo, but it was a fair distance away. There seemed to be many more Hooded Crows here than up in Croatia,
Grey Wagtails were pretty common too:
But otherwise out and about not much else was seen, although going out for a walk we did find a Coal Tit and a female Blackcap, neither of which allowed me to photograph them.

On a visit to the old town of Kotor we again came across Grey Wagtail and 3 Common Kingfishers together which was great, but none of them would perch for a photo, this was the best I could get:

Our final day in Montenegro was an exdcursion to Lake Skadar bordering Albania, this included a couple of hours out on a boat on the lake, always a good thing, we were looking forward to this, with high hopes of adding Dalmatian Pelican to our life list.

Things got off to a great start as we chugged along a river before heading out onto the lake,
A Marsh Harrier (unless anyone tells me differently, not a great shot as it was in the sun and silhouettted)
 Greay Heron,
 Yellow Legged Gull,
 Great Crested Grebe, there were hundreds of these on the lake, never seen so many,
 Black-headed Gull,
 and our first ever Pygmy Cormorant,
 plus some very smart Great Egret.
But no sign of Dalmatian Pelicans! So just have to have a close up of a Pygmy Cormorant instead.
So eventually the boat made its way back, then many miles away I could see what looked like Storks circling over a hillside, on closer inspection they turned out to be Pelicans, miles away but it is our first ever glimpse:
We went for a stroll after the boat trip and found some Common Kingfisher, but they wouldn't stop for a closeup! We did find these which was very nice:

 This water snake scooted by us at speed and quickly disappeared into a crevice in the rocks

So that was Montenegro.... from a wildlife viewpoint!

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