HUNGARY -  SPRING 

I spent a week in late April 2016 in the Hortobagy National Park, which is about 200km east of Budapest. 

As in the UK, Spring was late and some migrants were only just arriving in Hungary, but

there were still plenty of birds to photograph, and a selection is shown below.

Red-footed Falcons & Kestrel

Several pairs of  Falcons were nesting in an area where nest boxes had been provided.  The images below

show birds pairing up and flying around this site.  The male Red-footed Falcon is dark grey, and

the female is paler with an orange chest.  The male Kestrel has a greyish head

and a chestnut-coloured back.

_I8A5488 Red-footed Falcon pair
_I8A5508 Red-footed Falcons mating
_A5A9915 Red-footed Falcon (f)
_H2P8208 Red-footed Falcon (f)
_H2P8047 Red-footed Falcon (f)
_H2P8007 Red-footed Falcons mating
_H2P8012 Red-footed Falcons mating
_H2P8179 Red-footed Falcon (m)
_H2P8262 Kestrel
_H2P8025 Kestrel (m) perched
_H2P8268 Kestrel
_H2P8143 Kestrel balancing (m)
_H2P8144 Kestrel balancing
_H2P8141 Kestrel perched
_H2P8487 Kestrels mating
_H2P8109 Kestrel landing
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Hoopoe

A pair of Hoopoes were nesting in a hollow log and were regularly bringing food items to their young.  These images were taken from a nearby hide.

_H2P7333 Hoopoe with grub landing
_H2P7209 Hoopoe perched with grub - cres
_H2P6944 Hoopoe in flight
_H2P7071 Hoopoe in fllight
_H2P9460 Hoopoe in flight
_H2P9470 Hoopoe in flight with grub
_H2P9663 Hoopoe flying to nest hole
_H2P9666 Hoopoe flying to nest hole
_H2P9802 Hoopoe mating
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Wading Birds

The images below were taken from a low hide at water level on the edge of a marsh.  Ruff, Stilts and Wood Sandpiper were among several wader species that fed and nested here.

_H2P8729 Ruff in marsh
_H2P9134 Ruff walking
_H2P9173 Ruff walking
_I8A6138 Reeve (female Ruff))
_H2P9143 Stilt walking
_H2P9337 Stilts mating
_H2P9353 Stilts after mating
_H2P9142 Stilt walking
_I8A6321 Wood Sandpiper
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FISHPOND BIRDS

A large pond containing Carp and Catfish attracted  a number of Herons, Egrets, Spoonbills and Storks.

The large image below show several of these birds around the pond.

Grey Heron

_A5A9320 Grey Herons and Egrets
_H2P6376 Grey Heron
_I8A3945 Grey Heron landing
_H2P6495 Young Heron
_H2P6578 Grey Heron bathing
_I8A3937 Young Grey Heron sunbathing
_H2P6503 Grey Heron
_H2P6325 Grey Heron with Catfish
_H2P6163 Grey Heron with Catfish
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Great White Egret

_H2P6168 Great White Egret
_H2P6240 Great White Egret
_H2P5867 Great White Egret with Catfish
_H2P6481 Great White Egret with Catfish
_H2P6779 Great White Egret with Carp
_I8A3970 Great White Egret
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Spoonbill

_H2P6166 Spoonbill
_H2P6256 Spoonbill preening
_I8A3844 Spoonbill preening
_I8A3546 Spoonbill with Carp
_I8A3854 Spoonbill with Carp
_I8A3678 Spoonbill catching fish
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White & Black Storks

_H2P5467 White Stork
_I8A4233 White Stork feeding
_A5A9554 White Stork & Herons
_I8A3374 Black Stork & Herons
_I8A3380 Black Stork
_I8A3393 Black Stork preening
_I8A3256 Black Stork fishing
_I8A3407 Black Stork with Carp
_I8A3274 Black Stork with Catfish
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