Moments From Nature's Secrets

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mikepércs: Visiting The Feeder

I placed the feeder three days ago at the usual place and I planned photography for this morning.
Arriving at the hide I notice among the tits and the sparrows a nuthatch arriving at the feeder. My presence doesn't seem to disturb it, though I'm walking about 3 meters of it.
After having arranged the "stage" the tits are coming:

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

The nuthatch appears as well, but not alone, there are two of them.
One of them finds something in the moss. A real worm!

Nuthatch

It looks as if it was surprised by finding the worm, ...:

Nuthatch

... then it picks it up and flies away:

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Lake Fancsika: Dew Again

A got some dew again at the Lake Fancsika this morning.
I've taken up my post on the water before sunrise, hoping to catch the beautiful colours of the rising sun and the dew. 
Nothing comes close for a while then suddenly I notice a curious little grebe nearby:

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Little Grebe

Opposite to me appear the first rays of sun, the coots however are a little far but still visible behind the dew:

Coot

Some quarreling:

Coot

When I get to the shore the swan family appear, the youngs trying their wings while running on the water, the adults after taking off are flying two full circles above the water, perhaps to show the youngs how to fly:

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Lake Fancsika: Foggy Morning

Today I took my way to Lake Fancsika, as I planned to photograph on a raft.
I set off still in the dark, but I was pleased to see some fog. At the pond I could spot a swan and a few coots in the dimness, but from the quacks I knew that there were many ducks too. Assembling the raft didn't take too much time, then after taking the water I searched for a promising place where I anchored.
Soon a little grebe comes out of the vegetation to have a look at this strange thing that appeared here and which is clicking from time to time:

Little Grebe

The little grebe, already in winter plumage, floats away shortly to reappear in an hour or so:

Little Grebe

The coots stay there:

Coot

The best shots however are made from the shore after landing:

Great White Egret

Great White Egret


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lake Vekeri: Great White Egret

Today I visited the Lake Vekeri again, hoping in nice backlighted photos.
I've just placed my tripod on the shore when I notice a great white egret flying towards me. It turns away only when it gets close:

Great White Egret

There's some dew above the water which is beautifully highlighted by the rays of sun:



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lake Vekeri: Dewy Morning

I spent some time to decide wheather to go this morning to the Lake Fancsika or to the Lake Vekeri. I chose the latter, which proved to be a good decision. Sunshine was to be expected which can make miracles when comes together with some dew.
Arriving at the lake I can see a swan family, but there are quite a good number of coots and mallards as well. The rays of sun coming from behind the trees highlight beautifully the dew above the water:



The mallards here are not very timid, as people are quite common around the lake, however they don't let me too close to them, they take off as soon as I get closer:

Mallards

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Bükk Mountains: Autumn

I would have liked to record the autumn spirit at Tisza-Lake, but I haven't found it too promising, so I took my way to the Bükk mountains. My trip ended at Nagy-Mező. The colours of autumn were beautiful there:

Nagy-Mező

Nagy-Mező



On my way back I took a break at Lillafüred:


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mikepércs: Dewy Morning

Last time there was nothing to photograph at the pond, so this morning I went for macro shooting near the village.
Thanks to the cold dawn the dew drops are lining up beautifully on cobweb strings:


The dew drops look nice on the plants by backlight:


The cobwebs of the linyphia are well highlightened by the dew drops:


Suddenly the cobweb starts to quiver and I notice the numb spider crawling slowly up the cobweb like a lazy sailor on the mast:

Linyphia Triangularis

Then it's starting to climb down as if it has just inspected that everything is all right up there:

Linyphia Triangularis

Linyphia Triangularis

A striving spear:


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mikepércs: Young Grey Wagtail

At last, it's foggy when I set off at dawn today. It's not heavy, but the morning could be interesting.
At the pond I see that a big part of the previously drying pondbed is under water again thanks to the recent rains. I move the hide further as I don't want to miss the water rails.
The morning is lightless for a long time so the first shots of the rails searching nearby are unsuccessful, they are all blurred. Now and then a young moorhen appears too, but I can't take decent shots of it either.
The young wagtails are roaming the whole area and I manage to catch one of them:

Young White Wagtail

Among the wagtails I catch sight of an unusually coloured one! It's something new: a grey wagtail!

Young Grey Wagtail

It's moving continously, so it's not easy to photograph it, although it returns several times:

Young Grey Wagtail

Young White Wagtail

Stretching:

Young White Wagtail

Later a green sandpiper appears, unfortunately it doesn't come close enough, so I have the young wagtails only for today.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mikepércs: Roe Deers

During the recent week the pondbed kept on drying so the number of birds decreased.
A few starlings still holds on:

Starling

Starling

Starling

Young white wagtails are still here as well but I don't manage to take a decent shot of them.

However a few roes appear at the pond, first standing puzzled near the water, then walking into the vegetation one after the other. This buck returns for a while before disappearing as well among the vegetation:

Roe Deer Buck

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mikepércs: A Rapicious Water Rail

This morning I moved the hide closer to the drinking place of the turtle doves hoping for better shots.
The first scene however was about a young water rail and its prey. I have read already about the rails capturing small birds as well, but I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this young specimen killing (I suppose) a kind of calidris. Even the young moorhen nearby went closer, I think it didn't believe its eyes either :) After having killing it the rail took the small bird and rushed with it into the reed:

Young Water Rail with its prey and a Young Moorhen

Instead of the turtle doves the young white wagtails appear first in the early sunrays:

Young White Wagtail

Young White Wagtail

Young White Wagtail

A few starlings land as well in hope of some food, they turn up the small clods with their beaks looking under them:

Starling

I couldn't cope with the turtle doves as I would have liked to, this is my result with them for today:

Turtle Dove