Garth Peacock
Hungary Day 4 - Thursday 12th February

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Tuesday 8th September 2020

The last few days of August

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Recognition at last!!!

Wednesday 19th August 2020

The last couple of weeks

Monday 27th July 2020

A disappointing day.

Monday 6th July 2020

Another week goes by!!!

Monday 1st June 2020

Lockdown continues.

Saturday 16th May 2020

April lockdown

Thursday 30th April 2020

Local bird photography

Monday 20th April 2020

House-bound!!!

Friday 3rd April 2020

Could be the last one for a while.

Wednesday 18th March 2020

We are into March already

Monday 9th March 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

Slimbridge WWT Gloucestershire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

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Wednesday 1st April 2015

Well what happened to Wednesday 11th February. I should have been ensconced inreplica rolex the Drinking Pool Hide but I was rather ill during the night and couldn't make it. I had a really bad attacke of asthma, caused, I think, by the heating system in the hides. It was getting worse during the week but really hit me hard on Tuesday night.

So it is Thursday, the last day, and a day back in the Buzzard Hide where there is ventilation - I would not risk another day in one of the Eagle hides.

Very cold overnight and the land around the hide was frozen solid but the sun soon came through and we had a very sunny day - the first if the trip.

First to arrive was the usual Hooded Crow announcing itls presence.

followed by a couple of Caspian Gull

Even having a tiff over a titbit of food.

As it warmed up, a couple of Buzzards were soon showing.

A ringtail Hen Harries was quartering the field to the left, omega replica watches coming in quite close at times.

Then more excitement as a Roe Deer flashed past, being pursued by two very large black dogs

And so it contiued until dusk - the end of the trip.

General comments on the trip generally - in many ways disappointing. Shetland Wildlife advertised it as a concentration on White-tailed Eagles and that was true but, apart from the supporting act of Caspian Gulls, the spread of other species was limited and far from exciting.

The weather is not in our control but just one day of sunshine was also disappointing. Flight shots against a dreary grey sky are far from inspiring, as were perched birds so the shots had to be carefully chosen to be attractive.

Getting to the hides before dawn and not being able to leave until after dusk is very wearing (11 hours at a stretch) and the food (breakfast and lunch) provided to eat in the hides was not appetising.

There were two aspects i found worrying - the heating system in the hides was not healthy, well to me anyway as being mildly asthmatic. Also, the glass in the Buzzard hide did not seem to be of the same quality as the other hides - many shots were just not sharp with a type of halo around - just like shooting through a double glazed window. I lost a whole card of shots that way and it was not possible to see the problem until the computer stage. This was not such a problem on the second day in this hide, but I occupied a different seat so it is probably a small area of glass that is affected.

Would I repeat the trip? - no. Would I recommend it? Probably not.

Now back to the normality of the UK.

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