This september I had the opportunity to visit the common cranes in Hungary at Hortobagy. I have never seen these beautiful birds before, but could not imagine why these birds would come to a small artificial pond to drink.
So I started my journey with my brother-in-law without high expectations. We spend one night at the beautiful guesthouse on SakerTour. Then on the following day at 8 we arrived to the hide. Unfortunately at 11 when the birds appeared on the sky there was a bunch of cows and some car activity so the birds decided to go forward.
So we just waited, waited and were practising on frog portraits.
However around 3 pm a crane family approached and we got what we was going for:
20 minutes of posing of the cranes.
So buy the end of the day I was happy to check all the pictures and do a rough first selection of the pictures.
I think I had the biggest nature photo event of this year two weeks ago when I was invited to take part a 2 day long photo shooting in Ópusztaszer, Hungary. I went together with my brother in law to the hides of Bence Máté, a famous nature photographer.
It was…wow. Very professional hides with large variety of beautiful birds on the Great Plan of Hungary, in a natural reserve, close to Ópusztaszer.
There are 15 hides, specialised for different bird species. The birds were coming so close that our 500mm f/4 lense was too long The best was the 70-200mm with full frame or crop bodies.
It was a great experince, because I have never taken pictures from a leather chair, being under the water level. I honestly felt a bit that it is too comfortable. Still if you like the pictures what I did – see here http://ow.ly/y2Sym – do not hesitate to contact the team of Bence.