Photoblog 2021

October 17, 2021. Baltic Coast

Young White-fronted Geese, due to their origin from remote parts of tundra, have no fear of humans.

October 16, 2021. Baltic Coast

Tiny and cute Goldcrests are one of the main migrants over the Baltic Sea.

October 13, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Frosty greeting with the morning sun.

October 12, 2021. Białowieża Forest

This year the rutting season lasted exceptionally long and stags were still active until mid-October.

October 3, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Extensive farming can still be observed in some parts of Biebrza Marshes.

October 2, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Long-tailed Tits in small flocks search the vegetation for invertebrates preparing for hibernation.

September 29, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

In September and October Cranes gather in hundreds at their roosting site.

September 24, 2021. Biebrza Marshes
The autumnal bird migration has started, among others for some of the Nutcrackers.

September 19, 2021. Białowieża Forest

There is a rash of mushrooms of various kinds in the Primeval Forest now.

September 15, 2021. Knyszyn Fishponds

European Tree Frog.

September 13, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Wolf was clearly curious about the figures of me and my guests lying on the road and came quite close to us.

September 12, 2021. Białowieża Forest

A herd of European Bisons in an early autumn landscape.

September 11, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Ectothermic organisms (like this Grass Snake) take advantage of the last warm days by basking in the sun.

August 17, 2021. Low Beskids

Peaceful landscape of Carpathian Mountains (SE Poland).

August 10, 2021. Białowieża Forest

This unique dawn spent with a huge herd of European Bisons at mating time will stay in my memory for ages.

August 9, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Three-toed Woodpecker male.

August 3, 2021. Białowieża Forest

The strongest Red Deer stags will soon be vying for the favour of this female.

July 25, 2021. Biebrza Marshes.

Beavers seen on a special boat trip that could be organized in Biebrza Marshes area.

July 24, 2021. Białowieża Forest.

Juvenile Red-backed Shrike.

July 22, 2021. Białowieża Forest.

Summertime is a good time to observe birds of prey like this Lesser Spotted Eagle.

July 20, 2021. Białystok city.

Female Meleager’s Blue.

July 15, 2021. Białowieża Forest.

Summer sunrise above the Forest…

July 10, 2021. Narew River Valley.

Large Blue – a myrmecophilous species of butterfly.

July 9, 2021. Białowieża Forest.

Enocunters with Elks are rather accidental in Białowieża Forest, and so it was this time.

July 6, 2021. Narew River Valley.

Southern species like Bee-eater are used to heat and remain active even in the middle of the day, when temperatures reach 30°C.

June 28, 2021. Knyszyn Forest.

Leser Purple Emperor in its more glamorous colour form – clytie.

June 27, 2021. Knyszyn Forest.

In my opinon, one of the most beautiful polish butterflies – Woodland Brown. Despite its rarity, it can be really numerous in some places as you can see on the picture ;)

June 17, 2021. Knyszyn Forest.

These two little Hoopoes were staring at me whenever I was walking past their nesthole.

June 14, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Scarce Fritillary – classified as NT (near threatened) in Polish Red List of Threatened Animals.

June 12, 2021. Białowieża Forest

The beauty and the beast – Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia and Castor Bean Tick Ixodes ricinus.

June 11, 2021. Białowieża Forest

European Bison observed in its original habitat – grasslands. Probably human activity pushed the species into the woodlands.

June 5, 2021. Hel Peninsula

During sunny weather you can observe a good migration of Honey Buzzards at Baltic Coast.

June 1, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Tall willow bushes were a good camouflage for me this time.

May 26, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Freshly emerged female Clouded Apollo.

May 23, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Stone Curlew has been found today in Upper Biebrza Basin and I was lucky enough to observe it a few hours later.

May 20, 2021. Białowieża Forest

It is hatching time for juveniles of Pygmy Owl.

May 19, 2021. Białowieża Forest

A hidden inhabitant of riparian bushes – Barred Warbler.

May 18, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Tussock cottongrass blossoms at raised bogs.

May 16, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Red Deers feed intensively now as their antlers need nutritients to grow.

May 15, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Hide and seek with male Black Woodpecker.

May 14, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

As soon as the female arived, the male of Citrine Wagtail started its courtship display.

May 12, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Mating time for European Hares.

May 10, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Speckled Wood.

May 8, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Aquatic Warbler- Europe’s rarest songbird.

May 5, 2021. Białowieża Forest

In early May the Forest resounds with the songs of Collared Flycatchers.

May 1, 2021. Białowieża Forest

A close encounter with Roe Deer.

April 30, 2021. Białowieża Forest

A mixed herd of 33 European Bisons (cows and calves). Quite a lot for the end of April!

April 28, 2021. Knyszyn Forest

The female of Three-toed Woodpecker wasn’t shy at all! When found feeding, this species sometimes allows you to be observed within a distance of few meters

April 21, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Wood anemone’s time in Białowieża Primeval Forest. Geophytes enjoy the sunlight until the foliage appears.

April 20, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

A fearless and pretty Eurasian Hoopoe.

April 18, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Greater Spotted Woodpecker. The most abundant woodpecker in Poland.

April 17, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Observations of European Bison inside the forest are a bit more exciting than encounting them in the usual way – on the meadows.

April 16, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

Watch out for amphibians while driving through wetlands in spring. This time the Great Crested Newt has safely crossed the road.

April 11, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Butterflies warm up using spring sun rays. Here: Camberwell Beauty, Scarce Tortoiseshell and Comma.

April 10, 2021. Białowieża Forest

Mammals frequently use human-made trails for convenience. Ancient oaks next to the road give a majestic look to this picture though.

April 9, 2021. Białowieża Forest

European Bisons are so far enjoying a green grass on the meadows. Within days they will disappear in the forest looking for a fresh, herb greenery.

March 30, 2021. Białowieża Forest

That’s a view of Hazel Grouse you get if you are a bit lucky! Usually it is only a glimpse of a moving bird on the coniferous forest floor.

March 19, 2021. Biebrza Marshes

In thousands-strong flocks of White-fronted Geese making a stop-over before their journey to the Siberian breeding grounds, some rarities can be shelled out – e.g. in the middle of the picture you can see three Barnacle Geese.

March 16, 2021. Knyszyn Forest.

A little bit of hygiene after „exhausting” drumming for this Three-toed Woodpecker ;)

March 10, 2021. Białowieża Forest.

In March Pygmy Owls have their highest vocal acitivity throughout the year.

March 3, 2021. Biebrza Marshes.

This spring’s floodings are the first so vast since 2017.

February 18, 2021. Białowieża Forest.

On that day I have visited one of the most remote part of the Forest – Leśna river valley. The tracks imprinted on the frozen riverbed belong to the local wolf pack.

February 6, 2021. Mazurian Lakelands.

It was my first White-throated Dipper observed in NE Poland. Incredible species, this individual possibly comes from Scandinavia.

January 30, 2021. Knyszyn Forest.

While half a meter of snow is rather adverse from Bison’s point of view, at the same time it is beneficial for Nature itself after recent dry years.

January 24, 2021. Białystok city.

Hawfinch is always a nice bird to see in your bird feeder. Here accompanied by Tree Sparrow.

January 17, 2021. Supraśl river valley.

Kingfisher is almost struggling to survive enormous, siberian cold. It was -20°C when I took this picture.

January 16, 2021. Białystok city.

Waxwings have occupied mistletoe! How many of these winter guests can you count?

January 10, 2021. Białowieża Forest.

White-backed Woodpecker having probably last meal of the day as I took this picture six minutes after the sunset!

January 4, 2021. Białystok city.

Firecrest – extremely rare in winter in Poland –  has just visited my backyard!

January 3, 2021. Mazurian Lakeland.

Hawk Owls are rare visitors to Poland, but this bird is probably going to spend the winter nearby Olsztyn city ring-road.

January 2, 2021. Gdańsk Bay.

Strange hoots given by Long-tailed Ducks are specific to winter birding on the Polish coast.

January 1, 2021. Gdańsk Bay.

 There are about 30 000 individuals of Grey Seals in the Baltic Sea according to the latest study.

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