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Friday, 20 June 2008

Štrba (Slovakia) on 4th June 2008

An overnight stop in the Tatra Mountains at a hotel in Starý Smokovec (few birds seen here, probably due to virtually all of the trees having been torn down by a .tornado in November 2004), was followed by a trip by narrow gauge railway to Štrbské Pleso, and then by rack railway to Tatranská Štrba. Here, whilst waiting for our special train to arrive, there were nesting Swallows, White Wagtails, and Serins to be seen, and also Woodland Ringlets again. On our way to Hungary, at a place I did not note the name of, I managed a record shot of a male Marsh Harrier from the window of the moving train.

Barn Swallow
Woodland Ringlet
White Wagtail
Marsh Harrier (male)

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