The Bee-eater Bonanza this year brought something different. It is something that will be present from now on and the reason is that the garden at the villa now is grown-up. That means there is plenty of insects seeking food during daytime. That is the reason we spent much time between the bird photography sessions hunting the small life in the garden.
We could find many different types of insects from the smallest bee to big butterflies. We had three different that I would call the stars of the show. The Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Carpenter Bee and Scarce Swallowtail. At times we had plenty of work to do in the garden and I think everyone came home with some nice insect photos.
I think this will be a nice addition to the Bee-eater Bonanza in the coming years. I think insect photography is a great way of getting to know your equipment better. Often you to push both yourself and your equipment when you work with insects.
If I look at the photo album from this year I see the usual suspects. We could work with most target species. The one that I miss is the Golden Oriole and I sadly think it now on is more about luck. Still you have a good chance of seeing them, definitely hear them, but to photograph will be harder.
The Bee-eater site will hopefully be revamped for next season to bring more birds there. We tried both morning and evening sessions this year and they bring different things. The plan with the rebuild of the site is to offer something new for the coming season. I hope that can push the possibilities to work with the Bee-eaters both in the morning and evening.
There was a new set of rules at Lake Tisza this year. It means we need to keep more of a distance to the Whiskered tern colony when we work with them. The new rules are of course for the best of the terns and they didn’t hinder us from coming back with good photos.
There were more dragonflies and damselflies at the lake this year, but sadly we didn’t see any mayflies. All in all the lake still is one of the favorite parts of the Bee-eater Bonanza to most participants.
Whiskered Tern flying low
The Bee-eater Bonanza
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Please enjoy the album form the Bee-eater Bonanza 2018.
Read about Zakouma National Park and look at some of the photos I took during my six day stay there in March 2019. Zakouma National Park is an refuge for many species in the Salamat region of Chad. A place that might remind us how Africa once looked when animals freely could roam the continent.
Mana Pools National Park 2018
I went bush camping in Mana Pools in October 2018. It gave me a new insight into what he bush can bring you even at a famous place like Mana Pools in northern Zimbabwe.
The Zambezi River 2018
The Zambezi river is one of the finest and least spoiled rivers in the world. The basin has some of Africa's finest national parks, and many valuable species, ecosystems and wilderness areas survive thanks to the Zambezi river.
Hungary Bee-eater Bonanza 2018
This is my photo album from the Hungarian Bee-eater Bonanza workshop in June 2018. 7 days of photography gave us plenty of good opportunities to work with the animals of the Puszta.