As part of a project that Nature Photographers is working on with the
British Trust for Ornithology, we visited Belarus earlier in the spring. The
aim was to obtain images of birds that are hard to get to grips with in
western Europe. Target species included Aquatic and River warblers, Terek
Sandpiper and Great Snipe; with help from the BTO and APB (the Belarus
Birdlife International partner) we succeeded in photographing all these
Generally speaking, Belarus is overlooked as a destination for wildlife
enthusiasts and photographers. But it has much to commend it. The wetlands
are particularly rich in wildlife and we came across extraordinary densities
of breeding warblers (Marsh Warbler was particularly common) and waders too.
In addition, flava wagtails were abundant, Corncrakes were common and Azure
Tit was passerine icing on the cake.