Monday, 28 April 2008

Great bustard in the focus

The a great bustard display draws to an end in Hungary, so in the last moment we went to take a few picture. Last friday we fixed an appointment with the national park's employees, that we are comming on sutarday. Dévaványa is a best place to observe this birds, so our destination was this town. In this region is a bigest polulation of the great bustard in Central Europe.

A few minutes at the Hungarobirds ricefield

This afternoon I went with Ákos to our ricefields. Our checklist of this short visiting:

Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) 8
Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 4
Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) 5
Ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula) 2
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 62
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 303
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax) 1310
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) 8
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 1
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) 23
Redshank (Tringa totanus) 2
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) 1
Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 7
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 89
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) 1
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) 20
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) 4
White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) 2

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Long-eared owls in the high square

Kisújszállás is a quite busy town on the Great Hungarian plan, but it has a nice big park in the high square, where pines, yews and other trees grow. On a pine tree is a long-eared owl nest, where 3 nice owl flappers live. This picture was taking there last Sutarday.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

We are flooding our rice fields!!

The Spring migrants' main stopping points in our area are the flooded rice fields, an area that occupies approximately 1200 hectares and is fully flooded by water, providing an ideal feeding and resting place for the tens of thousands of migratory birds. In this weekend we began to flood our rice fields. Today is a second day, that the fields are flooded, but the birds already there. A few species: Night Herons, Little Egrets, Great White Egrets, Black and White Storks, Eurasian Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilts, Avocets, Pratincoles, Dunlins, Black-tailed Godwits, Whiskered, Black and White-winged Black Terns are looking for prey.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

White-winged black tern

We saw today the first White-winged black tern in Túrkeve. It was at the fishpond system.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Amphibians and reptiles of our rice fields

The last few days were good to see frogs and snakes on the rice fields, because the days were quite warm, so this animals come out to sunbathing. You can see ewerywhere fire-bellied toads, lake frogs, edible frogs. The smooth skiny tree frogs make calls from the grass. The green toads cross the roads towards their mating place. The crested newts are up as well. On the sluices grass snakes make a few hours sunbathing while the pond terrapins make a rest on the site of the ditches.