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michael-ibk

Those fish ponds were very productive - some great species you found there.

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286. Eurasian Kingfisher. A grey day, but the colours of three juvenile Kingfishers stood out beautifully.    

For this I thought I had quit ;): I hadn't, but I was not able to go out for quite some time. Fortunately this week I managed a little trip and even got some for my Big Year thread. 285. Common B

389. Great Grey Shrike. I went to try and see the Parrot Crossbill, but did not find them. Instead I got this one.   Well I also got a Nuthatch quite close (not counting) when the light

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So many superb additions to your thread - really beautiful photos. And your total is really creeping up!

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2 hours ago, michael-ibk said:

Those fish ponds were very productive - some great species you found there.

Certainly an area to keep in mind for a future visit, @michael-ibk !

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251. Common Crane. In autumn they visit the Hortobagy area in vast numbers, but even now we saw a few.

 

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252. Western Marsh Harrier. Very common throughout the region

 

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253. Black Stork. Only one, fairly distant, flyby.

 

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254. Middle Spotted Woodpecker. From the hide in Saly.

 

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255. Eurasian Treecreeper. In Holland we usually have the short-toed Treecreeper, so I had only seen this one once before, in England

 

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256. European Roller. Always a spectacular bird....

 

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257. Montagu's Harrier. Seen only once in the Little Hortobagy

 

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258. Little Owl. Also in the Little Hortobagy.

 

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259. Skylark. Fortunately many days were filled with their son. Still quite common as opposed to Holland where their numbers are gradually diminishing.

 

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260. Great Bustard. As is often the case, seen from a great distance, but very happy to have spotted it.

 

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261. Marsh Tit. Also a frequent visitor of the little hide.

 

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262. Eurasian Hoopoe. We saw it frequently, but I never managed a decent shot. Even from this distance unmistakable, though.

 

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263. Rook. We saw quite a few colonies of them

 

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264. Red-footed Falcon. Often in the vicinity of the Rook colonies. Beautiful little falcons! 

 

The male

 

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And the female

 

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265. Red-backed Shrike. Not the nicest perch, but sometimes you don't get to choose.

 

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266. Long-legged Buzzard. I had not expected this buzzard here, but apparently they do show up every now and then

 

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Not counting as I saw one in January, but I do love this beautiful visitor of the hide..! Hawfinch

 

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@PeterHG A great selcetion of new birds with beautiful photos. The Hawfinch is stunning.

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Love the Hawfinch - still haven't seen one. And how cool to see a Roller! What a productive area, wow!

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Add my name to list of those admiring that Hawfinch photo. I've still never seen one

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267. Greenfinch. Also from the hide.

 

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268. Long-eared Owl. Near the Rook colony was a nestbox with this owl. One of the chicks had found an especially safe place....

 

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