Spring in Bialowieza - Day 1

This is so overdue.. Sorry about that. :)

Here is the last patch of photos from 2017 spring session in Bialowieza Forest. I found Lesser Spotted Eagle to be very expressive, fascinating photo subject. :) Also check out day2 and day3 if you haven’t seen them already.

Spring in Białowieża - Day 2

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.

Check out day1 and day3.

When you have so lazy day the situation in hide is like this. :) One person looking, others sleeping.

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Milicz Ponds 2017

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.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

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..