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European Wallcreeper - Tichodroma muraria muraria This wonderful bird is included in the Red Book of Bulgaria - a status of Vulnerable species. It is rarely encountered - due to increased touristic traffic and the construction of tourist sites some of the registered habitats have been abandoned. It breeds on rock massifs, sometimes quite high.<br />
I managed to capture this beauty in Greece on a dull cloudy cold day. It was worth the freezing and waiting for more than three hours to appear. Animal,Animalia,Aves,Bird,Chordata,Europe,Geotagged,Greece,Kastoria,Nature,Passeriformes,Passerine,Tichodroma muraria,Tichodromidae,Wallcreeper,Wildlife,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

European Wallcreeper - Tichodroma muraria muraria

This wonderful bird is included in the Red Book of Bulgaria - a status of Vulnerable species. It is rarely encountered - due to increased touristic traffic and the construction of tourist sites some of the registered habitats have been abandoned. It breeds on rock massifs, sometimes quite high.
I managed to capture this beauty in Greece on a dull cloudy cold day. It was worth the freezing and waiting for more than three hours to appear.

    comments (6)

  1. Nice birdie! Posted 5 months ago
  2. Congrats Jivko - these birds are legendarily difficult to see and I have read articles in the Birdwatching press where people have spent many days trying to see one and failed. Three hours seems like not so much! I myself have never seen one, but it is in my top 5 European birds that I would like to see some day. Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks Barry! Yes, 3 hours is not too much. I arrived on the spot about noon, but the rocks are in a deep shadow and about 3 - 3.30 it was no way to make good photos any more. Note the ISO of this photo - 10000! The birds are very busy ones - they move permanently and do not stay calm even for a second. So you definitely need a high speed and long lens. Posted 5 months ago
      1. Well, it certainly was worth it - this image is fantastic. It is probably the best Wallcreeper picture I have ever seen! Posted 5 months ago
  3. Spectacular shot and species intro, well done! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thank you, Ferdy! Posted 5 months ago

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The wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is a small passerine bird found throughout the high mountains of Eurasia from southern Europe to central China. It is the only extant member of both the genus Tichodroma and the family Tichodromidae.

Two subspecies are recognized:

European wallcreeper (T. m. muraria) - (Linnaeus, 1766): Found from southern and eastern Europe to the Caucasus and western Iran
T. m. nepalensis - Bonaparte, 1850: Originally described as a separate species... more

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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Uploaded Dec 31, 2018. Captured Dec 29, 2018 14:47 in Sougaridi, Kastoria 521 00, Greece.
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • f/6.3
  • 1/3200s
  • ISO10000
  • 560mm