Short visit to Ferencmajor fishponds

Spent an hour at the fishponds to see the status of the drained ponds whether suitable for shorebird photography. The lake #11 is under refilling while the lake #10 is started to be drained. A few mudflat was still available for the shorebirds to feed.

Some records:

Peregrine Falcon 1 imm. (probably female)
Pied Avocet 2
Black-winged Stilt 1
Northern Lapwing 59
Little Ringed Plover 8
Common Redshank 8
Spotted Redshank 6
Green Sandpiper 1
Ruff 55
Dunlin 5

The female Peregrine Falcon was sitting and calling on a high-voltage power fence. When a Greylag Goose closed he started to chase the goose. I could not decide if it was a real hunting attempt or just a training. This bird was originally identified as a Saker Falcon by its very unusual pale coloration but based on the comments of one of my birding mate the bird considered to be a very pale immature female Peregrine. Thanks for the clarification!



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