Pictures from the last sessions in Hungary
It has now gone almost 7 weeks since I got back from Hungary and the Eagle workshop there. I had some ideas about what I wanted before I went and one of the missions were the Common Kingfisher.
We had a resident Kingfisher just where we lived but it fooled us a couple of times so this day was the last shot to get anything. We had rigged a small shelter at the island so we could sit just opposite it favorite hunting branches. It was easy to see where it usually sat due to the dropping just beneath the them.
We saw the bird when we approached the island but it took off as soon as we got too near. Still this was a break or make and we would at least try and see what it could bring. I really didn´t feel inspired after yesterdays Eagle session but I would give it a try.
I sat there trying think about where the Kingfisher would come from while trying to make surveys of other parts just in front of me. I did this for probably 20 minutes before I heard Arnes camera shutter. He took a couple of photos and I suspected he found the little jewel. I check to my left and there it was. I took a couple of documentary photos before I decided I wanted to use the 1,4x converter to get a little closer. Sadly the bird had gone away when I was ready but still I got some photos to take home. Not the best but still much more than Arne got as he hadn´t seen the bird and just had check the exposure settings when he took the photos that triggered my reaction to look more to the left.
Next stop was the Hawfinch hide. I can´t say that it produced anything I haven´t got before but I witnessed a Eurasian Sparrowhawk coming in front of the hide trying to catch some food. It all happened really fast and there were no chance of getting a picture of the event even if the Sparrowhawk passed two times.
I used some of the session in the Garden hide to get test material for stacking photos in Photoshop.
This is the first try I really have done and I have used 6 exposures to make this picture. The thought was to get one picture with the complete surface in focus. I couldn´t managed to get the picture but that was due to the log being to close and nothing else. I will surely make some more tries with this technique to see if I can master it.
I hope you enjoy these last pictures from Hungary for this time.