227/365 Hoopoe Upupa epops


Often referring to this bird as looking like a ‘pick-axe’, in my opinion the Hoopoe has got to have one of the best latin names in the bird world… Upupa epops!
After successfully raising the first brood this little gift was for the female for the start of the second brood.

Hoopoe, Upupa epops, Hungary, June, 2014
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

227/365 Hoopoe

223/365 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia


The lighting was difficult to control on this one but checking the histogram kept me from burning out the highlights on the setting sun through the white feathers of this Spoonbill.

Spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia, Hungary, May, 2013.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 1.4x converter.

223/365 Spoonbill

222/365 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea


I know I’ve got a big appetite but this fish even made me feel full.  Its amazing the size of the fish that these Grey Herons can swallow.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea, Hungary, May, 2014.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

222/365 Grey Heron

221/365 Little Egret


Following on from the previous post, here is another Little Egret but taken later during the day.  It shows an adult Little Egret having a good shake after eating a fish and showing off its beautiful breeding plumage.

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, Hungary, May, 2014.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

221/365 Little Egret

220/365 Little Egret


Back for a morning session in the hide yesterday and came away with some nice images.  This image of a Little Egret was taken just as the sun was coming up, illuminating the bird whilst the background was still in shadow.

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, Hungary, May, 2014.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

220/365 Little Egret

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

214/365 Banana Leaf


Well, five weeks in to the trip in Costa Rica and it has been a very interesting experience to date.  Im now currently sitting on the veranda of the Pedacito de Cielo lodge that overlooks the San Carlos river with the Nicaraguan border just 3 miles away.  I have 10 Iguanas to the right of where Im sitting with a very large amorous male that is shaking his head so much at the females that I’m surprised it hasn’t fallen off yet.  We have just witnessed a Black and White Hawk Eagle take an Orange chinned Parrot and was plucking it on a branch about 20m away.  We have 126 species of bird seen (with about another 10 I have still to identify from blurry photographs).

As I’m feeling quite relaxed I thought I would post an abstract image of a banana leaf that was backlit by the setting sun.

214/365 Banana Leaf