Cross-country birding in dense fog

Within the framework of a major European project I was involved in a bird survey to monitor the effects of the works. This required to visit remote areas where excavations will be started.


Foggy willow trees in southeast Hungary. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The weather was tough. It was really cold and in the early hours fog was quite dense. We had several sections all accross the country with different length where we had to count birds. As expected the result was very poor. No birds were detected at many spots. On our way we found some nice flock of seed-eating birds. The largest flock contained 1,000+ birds in the Kinskunság National Park. The majority of the flock was Bramblings and Eurasian Greenfinches. European Goldfinches and Linnets was also numerous. We had no time for browsing the flock for Twite or Common Redpolls.


Huge flocks of birds made the trip exciting. © Gyorgy Szimuly

We also found a Little Owl while roosting on a top of a chimney of a bowery. I picked my Nikon CoolPix P6000 advanced compact camera and tried the Swarovski binocular snap shot adapter. I had no time to fix the EL 42 SwaroVision but tried my best. I had to zoom the camera to avoid vignetting but I was happy by the result.


Image of roosting Little Owl taken by the snap shot adapter. © Gyorgy Szimuly

During the two day several species have been added (Merlin, Little Owl, European Skylark, Twite, Common Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting) to the year list which is now at 94.


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