Moments From Nature's Secrets

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mikepércs: Young Terns

Last night I hoped that I would have a hazy morning today, but when I got up I saw that I would have little chance for this as it was totally overcast.
Near the hide the terns are flying about already when I get there, though it's still dark. I could take lots of photos, as the birds are quite active, however it's getting light very slowly. Little grebes are coming then a pochard comes close with its youngs, they are swimming by really close to the hide. It's funny how these little birds start up to catch an insect, they launch themselves like a bullet.
A female shoveler starts to bath nearby, then another one arrives. They are paddling a bit then fly away. Female garganeys and common teals are feeding nearby as well.
Meanwhile young whiskered terns are landing on the trunk in front of the hide. They are preening, ...

Young Whiskered Tern

... having a rest, and when adult birds are approaching, they cry loudly for food:

Young Whiskered Terns

Young Whiskered Terns

Young Whiskered Terns

Young Whiskered Terns

Young Whiskered Terns

Later a third one arrives too, sometimes they take off but always return, obviously this place is more comfortable than the bending plants.
Finally an adult bird lands for preening:

Whiskered Tern

Whiskered Tern

Monday, July 9, 2018

Mikepércs: The Young Red-Necked Grebe Turns Up

It was quite a strong wind yesterday, so I'm a little surprised having found my hide on its place.
The birds don't come close for a while, but there are a few young little grebes of many generations. From time to time they come close:

Young Little Grebe

Young whiskered terns are crying for food waiting their parents to come:

Young Whiskered Tern

Suddenly I notice a young red-necked grebe close to the opposite bank, it starts preening then comes towards me:

Young Red-Necked Grebe

Unfortunately the wind begins to blow and the waves don't do any good to the photos.
A little grebe is catching its preys in the middle of the pond, as I see, it swallows the big bites, and with the small ones it's starting up towards the reed near the bank, I think it brings them to the little youngs.
I try to photograph the young little grebes that pop up nearby through the side window, the problem is that when I fixed the hide here I forgot about the plants in front of the window, so I have little chance now.

When I leave I'm happy to see the terns on their nests, hopefully I will see the little ones too.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mikepércs: Tern Couple

It's been strong wind these days. So, I'm not surprised when I don't find my hide in its place at dawn. One can hardly see anything yet, I set off in one direction to find it, but it's not there. Then I start in the opposite direction and discover it in the farthest corner of the pond. I start to push it to its place like a little boy his toy car. Meanwhile the terns become indignant around me, it seems that they really mean brooding here.
It's really overcast, the birds aren't very active. Yet the terns are hunting and often landing on the plants nearby to have a rest or to preen. Sometimes they do it in pairs:

 Whiskered Terns

Whiskered Terns

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mikepércs: Another Hazy Dawn

Thanks to the rain yesterday one could count on some haze at the pond, so it was no question wether to go there.
When I got out at about half past three heavy haze has been gathered above the water.
There's nothing around the hide for a while, then the birds start to turn up. First the little grebes ...:

Little Grebe

... then the coots, ...:

Coots

... and the ducks. A ferruginous duck begins bathing nearby:

Ferruginous Duck (male)

One of the coots snubs nearby after having been chased by another one:

Coot

The sun starts to colour the haze:

Coot

Young Coot

At a given angle one can get nice pastel colours:

Coot

Coot

Coot with its prey:

Coot

Coot

Young Coot

Young Coot

Little Grebe

Coot

Coot

Coot

Coot

Coot

The whiskered terns appear as well, investigating the surface of the water, ...:

Whiskered Tern

... they run for tadpoles as there's no fish in the pond:

Whiskered Tern

Whiskered Tern

Coot

Coot

Coot

Coot

One of the coots starts up:

Coot

Then another one:

Coot

Coot

Moreover, I can catch a running little grebe too:

Little Grebe

Bathing:

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Another coot attack:

Coot

I'm trying to catch the pouncing terns without success. Finally one of them lands on the water catching a frog and I can take photos of it. Unfortunately the background is not very good and I'm not satisfied with the shots.
Eventually I discover an approaching young grebe. However this is bigger than a little grebe! Then it must be a red-necked one! So the red-necked couple have breeded here after all! I haven't seen them for long and I thought they had left. Unfortunately the lights are strong already and I can't take a decent photo of it.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Mikepércs: Sprinkling Drops

I had a try yesterday as well but I only managed to shoot a black headed gull, however I wasn't satisfied with it. Because it rained last night, I decided to visit the pond again hoping that I would have a hazy dawn.
Getting out of the car I suspect that there won't be any haze as the wind is blowing. Never mind, I'm curious anyway.
A ferruginous duck starts bathing before sunrise, however that's not the best as a photo. Then the rays of the sun appear slowly. A little grebe starts bathing in "gold":

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Fortunately the ferruginous ducks don't stop bathing either:

Ferruginous Duck (male)

Ferruginous Duck (male)

Ferruginous Duck (male)

Ferruginous Duck (male)

Ferruginous Duck (male)

Ferruginous Duck (male)

Ferruginous Duck (male)

Ferruginous Duck (male)

While I'm photographing a little grebe, a whole kindergarten swims in the scene, there are about 12 of them:

Ferruginous Duck

Unfortunately the background is not very good, so before I leave I try to set the hide so that it will be better next time. But the time won't stop and these little creatures grow so fast that they won't be so lovely after 7 days.