219/365 Hooded Crow Corvus cornix


Members of the crow family are thought to be one of the most intelligent within the bird world.  Very similar to the Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) which are all black, these Hooded Crow are a common sight in Hungary.  Here is a simple portrait of a Hooded Crow for this evening.

Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix, Hungary, April, 2014.

219/365 Hooded Crow

218/365 Night Heron


I’m back over in Hungary and this time trying out a new hide.  Along with Great White Egret,  Grey Heron and Hooded Crow, this Night Heron was one of the first visitors.  It’s amazing that this breeding adult managed to swallow this carp.  It went down the hatch though!

Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, Hungary, April, 2014.

Night Heron

128/365 Bathing Tufted Duck


Another image from the London Wetland Centre, this time a male Tufted Duck enjoying a brief moment of sun.

Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.

127/365 High key Ring necked Parakeet


Todays image is of Ring necked Parakeet at the London Wetland Centre. Since the sun wasn’t playing ball and the sky was very overcast I decided to overexpose the image by +3 stops causing the white clouds to become completely bleached out, but rendering the bird the correct exposure, leading to this high contrast image.

Ring-necked Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II

126/365 Grey Heron and Coots


I flushed this heron whilst walking around the reserve and unfortunately for the heron it flew straight towards a coot nest.  The adult coots then proceeded to launch a full scale attack on the heron for being too close to the nest.  The heron then had to change direction quickly, which ultimately lead to the heron slowing down and landing about a foot away from the coots nest, which lead the coots to become even more aggresive because of this.  In the end the heron flew past me instead of the coots which in my opinion was the safest option in the first place! Whether the heron thought that the coots would be more concerned about me and tried to take one of the coot chicks or whether it was just an honest mistake I dont know.  It happened extremely quickly and this is the one of the images of the pair of coots scolding the heron! 😉

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea and Coot Fulica atra, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 and 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.