I took advantage of the gorgeous weather this weekend and went for a hike. It was my first real hike this year and I enjoyed it very much. Also my company was a delight making the trip even more pleasurable. Even though here in the city everybody had long forgotten about snow and winter, in the mountains the conditions are still quite winterish. A few times I ended up over my knees in the snow. At home I saw how much red my face got from the sun. :)
This weekend I went to Milicz Ponds both on Saturday and Sunday. My main goal was to test Sigma 150-600 lenses I bought and also to check a different spot near ponds which I haven't visited yet. Operating those lenses from hand was quite a challenge - they are big and heavy. Next time I'm bringing tripod and 2x teleconverter (assuming I'll find it...). I saw a lot of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and many smaller birds. A bonus was a few Cranes and Herons although they weren't very friendly. Here are a few shots from those two days.
Saturday was really cloudy and a bit rainy (also cold!), so not pics from this day. Above you have female Great Spotted Woodpecker, below Common Crane. This are far from perfect, but I am happy to capture those at all.
Sunday was much warmer and sunny, a lot more birds were busy eating and singing. And there's always a Tit somewhere.. :)
In this specific location near Ruda Sułowska, I don't usually see Herons, this time there were a few of them, but very far away. And as soon as they saw me they went even further..
I was lucky to see more Eurasian Nuthachers and also something brand new to me - Treecreeper. It's one of two species that look very much alike and can occupy the same territory - either Eurasian Treecreeper or Short-Toed Treecreeper. The easiest way to distinguish them is by their song and I didn't hear any..
When I was not shooting I took few short videos and combined them for you to see. I am in all ways an amateur when it comes to videos but still this is fun. :)
On the 3rd (and last) day we were sitting in another hideout. The main idea was to see, and possibly shoot birds of prey. Fortunately I was able to see White-Tailed Eagle (4 of them to be exact), but I wasn't able to make any decent photo of them, so for you to see is only Northern Goshawk and Common Buzzard. Even though I am not fully satisfied with how photos turned out, I was really happy to have the opportunity to see them up close.
We had to go to the hideout before sunrise. Still before the sun came up a few deers came out of the forest to pose. :)
It was really fun to watch Eurasian Jays fighting over food and constantly chasing themselves. Unfortunately that was a bit too fast for me and my camera, so I didn't capture anything spectacular.
Also a Red Fox have visited the site. Took a big bite of meat and went his own way.
Here's Northern Goshawk and Common Buzzard