228/365 Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax


Using a prime lens will always have its advantages and disadvantages with photography.  Sharpness, focus speed and lens quality is a great factor to have but with closer subjects focal length and minimum focussing distances comes in to play.  This was the case with this juvenile Night Heron.

This individual came within the minimum 4.5m focussing distance of the 500mm f/4 lens I was using.  Attaching a 25mm extension tube (giving me 25% closer focus), this brought the subject back in focus again.  The Night Heron was still huge in the frame but I wasn’t able to zoom out or move further back.  Keeping the focussing point over the eye and creating the best composition was all I could do in this situation.  This is one of the images I achieved.

Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, Hungary, June, 2014.
Canon 5D3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens with Canon 25mm extension tube.

 

228/365 Night Heron

 

 

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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

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

208/365 Bee-eater Merops apiaster


New locations always throw up difficulties and this new Bee-eater colony was no exception. A few sessions here provided some nice results and I can’t want to try out some new ideas next year. Here’s a pair in the last rays of the sun.
European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, Hungary, 2013.

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203/365 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus


Still ploughing through images and came across this Mistle Thrush at one of Bence Mate’s drinking pools in Hungary from May this year.

203/365 Mistle Thrush

184/365 Whiskered Tern … Chlidonias hybrida


Hi folks. Its been a while since I’ve posted anything as I’ve been to Hungary visiting lots of new sites for running photographic tours next year. The first processed image is that of a pair of Whiskered Terns. I’m glad I didn’t have the converter on! There were so many Whiskered Terns flying around it was hard to concentrate on which one to photograph. Luckily this pair dropped in to this perch in front of the hide. 

If any body would like any information on forthcoming trips please contact me and I will add you to the mailing list. 

Whiskered Tern, Chlidonias hybrida, Hungary, June, 2013.
Canon 5D Mk3 with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, 1/1600 at f/4.5 at ISO1600.

184/365 Whiskered Tern