I just finished my phototrip to Milicz Ponds this weekend, here's a short video. It's not ideal, but here it is.
The second day was rather lazy with little activity near the hide. There was a single male Mallard, single Common Crane wandering around almost all day, single Red Fox, few Common Wood Pigeons that landed so far that none of the photos looks good enough (the same goes for Eurasian Jay). At the end of the day few Roe Deers came along with some Eurasian Bisons. So, to sum up, not so many photos from that day.
When you have so lazy day the situation in hide is like this. :) One person looking, others sleeping.
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..
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 also 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.