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DVD Guide to Birdwatching in Europe (All Regions)

By: Paul Doherty (Narrator)

Runtime: 3 h 15 min

Bird Images Video Guides

DVD | region 0 | Aug 2011 | #181781 | ISBN-13: 5065000721121
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About this product

This DVD condenses footage from some of the very best European sites onto one DVD. It runs for 3 hours 15 minutes and features 255 species. As with all DVDs of Bird Image there is a full menu so you can go straight to any species, plus 2 soundtracks (so you can have just the natural sounds if you want).

Featured Sites:
The Netherlands - February
Eilat, Israel - March
Extramadura, Spain - April
Pyrenees, Spain - April
Lesvos, Greece - April
Eastern Poland - May
Central Finland - June
North Norway - June
Falsterbo, Sweden - October
Northern Israel - October

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Customer Reviews:

DVD Guide to Birdwatching in Europe
by Keith Betton in the United Kingdom (24/01/2012)

In common with Paul Doherty's previous DVDs this is a highly professional production focusing on ten birding locations and featuring 255 species – many of them appearing more than once.

Starting with a trip to the bitterly cold Netherlands in February the main interest is geese at Lauwersmeer National Park with extra material from other sites. This a good chapter to focus on as we get to see the birds up close in detail which is supported by an informative commentary explaining the plumage features of the main goose species. Raptors are also studied, and again we learn how to separate species and also where they have probably come from, and how long they may stay. Several locations are named but you couldn't just

So moving on through the year the DVD continues by actually leaving Europe and taking us to Eilat on the Red Sea coast for raptor and wader migration in March. We then visit Extramadura in Spain for the early breeding season followed by the Pyrenees straight after for higher altitude birding. The Greek island of Lesvos is featured in great detail with several sub-sites getting their own treatment. May's destination is eastern Poland with the Bialowieza Forest and Biebrza Marshes. Central Finland provides an absolute owl-fest in June, while a visit to Varanger Fjord in northern Norway is a must for summering sea ducks and nesting auks. July to September are not featured, but October is busy, starting with a trip to Falsterbo. Here in southern Sweden the autumn migration is in full swing and the enormous numbers of migrating passerines is amazing – and here I think the power of DVD footage really shows itself as finches, tits and pipits swarm past almost colliding with the camera on occasions. Finally the remainder of October is spent back in Israel, with migration in the Beit She'an valley.

The ten chapters can be viewed separately if preferred, and a very useful feature is the facility to select a species from the menu and go straight to the appropriate footage of it. The commentary is helpful, but if you just want to enjoy the wild sounds uninterrupted then there is a facility to select just that sound track.

There is a simple map at the start of each chapter but by comparison with some more specific products on the market local site information included is at a minimum. However if you are looking for European holiday ideas then this is a great DVD to provide inspiration even though it selects just a few sites from eight countries. There are 50 countries in Europe so the scope for more DVDs is considerable and I look forward to seeing them.


Species list:

Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
Bean Goose  
Pink-footed Goose
White-fronted Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Common Shelduck  
Tufted Duck
Common Eider  
King Eider  
Steller's Eider  
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Black Francolin
Red-throated Diver  
Black-throated Diver  
Cory's Shearwater  
Yelkouan Shearwater
Pygmy Cormorant
Little Bittern
Night Heron  
Squacco Heron  
Little Egret  
Great White Egret  
Grey Heron  
Purple Heron  
Black Stork  
White Stork  
Glossy Ibis  
Greater Flamingo  
Honey Buzzard  
Black Kite  
Red Kite  
White-tailed Eagle  
Egyptian Vulture  
Griffon Vulture  
Black Vulture  
Short-toed Eagle  
Marsh Harrier  
Hen Harrier  
Pallid Harrier
Montagu's Harrier  
Levant Sparrowhawk  
Common Buzzard  
Steppe Buzzard  
Long-legged Buzzard  
Rough-legged Buzzard  
Lesser Spotted Eagle  
Steppe Eagle  
Booted Eagle  
Lesser Kestrel  
Red-footed Falcon  

Little Crake  
Baillon's Crake
Common Crane
Demoiselle Crane
Little Bustard  
Great Bustard  
Black-winged Stilt  
Collared Pratincole
Little Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Caspian Plover  
Golden Plover
Spur-winged Lapwing  
Little Stint  
Temminck's Stint  
Purple Sandpiper
Common Snipe
Jack Snipe  
Black-tailed Godwit  
Bar-tailed Godwit  
Common Redshank  
Spotted Redshank
Marsh Sandpiper  
Wood Sandpiper  
Red-necked Phalarope  
Arctic Skua  
Long-tailed Skua  
Black-headed Gull
Slender-billed Gull
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Armenian Gull
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Black Tern
White-winged Tern
Whiskered Tern  
Common Guillemot  
Brunnich's Guillemot  
Black Guillemot  
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
Stock Dove  
Wood Pigeon    
Namaqua Dove  
Common Cuckoo  
Great Spotted Cuckoo  
Scops Owl
Eagle Owl  
Hawk Owl  
Pygmy Owl
Little Owl
Ural Owl
Great Grey Owl
Long-eared Owl
Nubian Nightjar
White-breasted Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater  
European Bee-eater  
European Roller  
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Black Woodpecker
Middle Spotted Woodpecker
White-backed Woodpecker  
Three-toed Woodpecker
Red-backed Shrike   
Turkestan Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Masked Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike
Iberian Grey Shrike
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Palestine Sunbird  
Red-billed Chough
Siberian Jay  
Azure-winged Magpie
Hooded Crow
(Common) Raven
Golden Oriole  
Sombre Tit
Blue Tit
Penduline Tit
Calandra Lark
Thick-billed Lark  
Crag Martin
Barn Swallow
Cetti's Warbler  
Graceful Prinia
Scrub Warbler
Greenish Warbler
Western Bonelli's Warbler
Wood Warbler
Willow Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Orphean Warbler
Barred Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Dartford Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Ruppell's Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
River Warbler
Savi's Warbler
Olivaceous Warbler
Olive-tree Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Aquatic Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
(Eurasian) Nuthatch  
Kruper's Nuthatch
Rock Nuthatch
Short-toed Treecreeper  
Spotted Flycatcher
Rufous Bush Chat  
Black Bush Robin
Thrush Nightingale  
Red-flanked Bluetail  
Black Redstart  
Isabelline Wheatear
Northern Wheatear  
Pied Wheatear
Cyprus Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear
Black Wheatear
Rock Thrush  
Blue Rock Thrush
Red-breasted Flycatcher  
Collared Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Spanish Sparrow
Dead Sea Sparrow
Yellow Wagtail  
Citrine Wagtail
White Wagtail
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Water Pipit
Citril Finch  
Common Redpoll
Parrot Crossbill
Scarlet Rosefinch  
Pine Grosbeak  
Lapland Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Rock Bunting
Ortolan Bunting
Cretzchmar's Bunting
Cinereous Bunting
Rustic Bunting
Black-headed Bunting
Corn Bunting

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