Ujra Maine allamban / Again in Maine

Hálaadásra Eszterrel elutaztunk Freeport, Maine-be. Reggelre 30 cm ho esett, ami teljesen varatlanul ert mindket. Ezt kihasznalva gyorsan keszitettem nehany kepet a kozeli fenyvesben.

Eszter and I came up to Freeport, Maine for Thanksgiving. Surprisingly we got 30cm of snow in the morning and I used the chance to take a few pictures in the nearby pine forest.

Rabbits – Nyulak

Since I am here in the USA I have seen many of these rabbits walking around campus. I was looking for a “New York State Rabbit Guide”  but did not find one yet.

 

Miota az usaban vagyok gyakran lattam ezeket a nyulakat a kampuszon. Kerestem egy New York nyulhatarozot,de eddig nem talaltam.

My first Bald Eagle picture

I study in the USA since 2006, but never got a chance to take pictures of the famous Bald Eagles. I have seen them many times, and a pair of them is nesting only a few miles from my room, so I was very happy when my girlfriend Eszter told me that there is an Eagle perching on a tree near to us. She saw it and named it, before I even found the bird with my eyeballs. Seems like she learned something about birding in the last 4 years:)

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Drinking station at Bard College

It has been a while again since the last post, but I am a busy person:) During the summer I finished my first drinking station in the USA.  A few days after the last touches a nice lady called “Hurricane Irene” filled it up with water. It was very ice of her, but I need to get all the water out, before I move it to its permanent spot. It will be at the Bard Compost and Recycle place. This is a rich area of birds: Turkey- and Black Vultures, Wrens, Cardinals, Titmice, Chickadee, Cat Bird, Blue Bird, Crows, Wild Turkey etc… ,but it is also a good spot to watch mammals too! I often see red fox, deer, raccoon, squirrel, chipmunk and ground hog. It is more than possible that coyote and black bear shows up sometimes as well! In the next few days I will set the station up and hopefully put a night motion camera on it! It will help me finding out about the traffic:)

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Bard College Bird Friendly Campus

Summary of the program:

When I returned to Bard in August, I had an article ready to submit to the Hungarian Birding Association Magazine. I only needed a few more pictures to illustrate. While I took the pictures showing working on the nesting boxes, I was happy to see that all of them (12 boxes) were taken and all of them had a successful hatch.
Later on when Bill Maple and I needed to think about the feeding season I designed a squirrel proof feeder, but as soon as I was ready with the professionally designed plans I received the newest issue of the Audubon Magazine. I saw exactly the same designed feeder in it called the “effortless feeder”. Mr. Maple got in touch with the company and they offered us 6 feeders for a very reasonable prize. When we received them Bard Students from Bill’s ‘field studies’ class put them together and placed them all around the busiest campus spots.  I heard back from students that this is a good idea and they were asking about the program. I think our program is getting to be more and more well know by the Brad Community. It takes a little time but we just started, and I am very positive. So we were feeding on these  feeders from late October until April.  I believe we have fed around almost half Ton -or even more- of seed, which is quiet a lot. The Bard Arboretum program covered our expenses, but in the future we need to find other springs, where the money could come from. Bill, I and an other voluntary Bardian did the feedings ~2-4 times a week, or whenever they were empty.

In September I started to collect lumber from the Bard Theater’s dumpster. They throw out very useful pieces of wood, which are perfect materials for bird houses! :) So we did not need to buy anything, just the screws what I brought from Hungary:) It took me quiet a while to finish 30 new boxes, but I am also in school and I am doing two degrees at Bard (and the third one in Hungary right now). :) When the mating and nesting season started I placed out 15 boxes for bluebirds. They started to check them out asap I left. It was a happy moment when I saw them doing it. The Bard College Buildings & Grounds team gave us paint to paint the boxes so they will serve birds for a longer longer period. They are also very helpful when we need tools and other help.

I could not hang all of the boxes. Only 15 out of 32 because of the busy semester ending, but I am going back to Bard in late June so I could do it then. They will be ready for next spring.
I also have two “half ready” drinking stations which I will place out during the summer.

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At home!

After a long period of time, without taking any pictures of nature, finally I got a chance to escape from the world and spend a few hours alone in the Hortobágyi Puszta.

On June 15 there was a lunar eclipse, and I was lucky because the sky was perfectly clear above the Puszta. Originally I was going to take pictures of a White Stork nest and the moon, but for some reason the birds did not use the nest this year. (as I remember they have been using it for at least 15 years). So I needed to get to the “B” plan which did not work either:) There was no well near by the stork nest, but finally I saw the plan “C”,  a small herd of  Hungarian Grey Cattle. After making a deal with the herd (we call them Gulash=gulyás, and the famous soup is named after these people) I climbed the electric fence and started to do some experiences with the composition. In less than 5 minutes, I was covered by giant mosquitoes. Luckily I had  a mosquito spray in my fishing box in the car which just saved my life. By the way this spray is from Bence Mate (The BBC Naturephotographer of the Year 1010) and I took it accidently when I visited him a few years ago. Sorry Bence:)

Let’s finish this little intermezzo and get back to the topic. A few years ago I have seen a lunar eclipse in the states, but the Moon was on the top of the sky. This time in Hungary the Moon was on the horizon and its red color made it even more exciting to take pictures of. The cattle were very relaxed and did not care about me, so i could get some nice shot.

On the way back home, I saw a gas-park object with a high performance light. There are only pipes and gas related things and to avoid robbery they set up this light, which I think makes it easier for the robbers to steel in the middle of nowhere:) All in all the lamps attracted billions of mosquitoes and other bugs and they all together made an exciting theme to photograph.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Békés Karácsonyt és Boldog Új Évet minden kedves látogatómnak!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my visitors!

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Kuvik

Idén nyáron hosszú kihagyás után ismét kezembe vettem a fényképezőgépet. Tanulmányaim nem sok időt hagynak hobbim gyakorlására, de ezen idő alatt álmodom meg a pillanatokat amiket meg szeretnék majd örökíteni. Néha az iskolapadban is madarak röpködnek előttem és képeket komponálok. Így tervezgettem  kedvenc madaramról a kuvikról is. Tavaly nyáron már tettem egy sikeres próbálkozást a faj megfotózására, de idén sem szerettem volna elszalasztani azt az élményt, mikor csupán pár méterre pózol tőlem az okos kis buksi fejével.

Körülbelül két hétig figyelgettem a bagolycsalád életét. Tudtam mikor hol mozognak és táplálkoznak. Így láttam neki a kivitelezésnek. Balmazújvárostól alig 20 méterre fotózom őket és ez is azt bizonyítja, hogy nem feltétlen kell messzire utazni egy-egy fotóstémáért. Szerencsére kuvik még sok helyen van  és csak barátságot kell velük kötni.

Első próbálkozásom inkább tapasztalatgyűjtésnek mondható. Ugyan volt nálam gép de csak távcsőnek használtam. Sajnos a fények nem voltak jók és ezt kicsit bántam is, mikor egszerre 3 madár ült előttem. Második nap már jobb körülményeim voltak. A sátor beállítása után még a jól megszokott sziesztámat sem tudtam elkezdeni amikor megjelent az egyik idei fióka (Ő látható az eddig feltöltött képeken). Körülbelül 30 percig pózolt előttem, mikor megjelentek a kóborgyerekek és felugrasztották a madarat.  A közeli juhász gyerekei voltak, akiket a kíváncsiság hajtott oda a sátram mellé. “Mi lehet az? Sátor?” Ekkor kiszóltam hogy “Légyszives menjetek innen, mert fotóznék” El is mentek, vagyis megkerülték az engem körülvevő bálákat és felmásztak közvetlen  a sátor mögé. Azt hitték nem látszik az árnyékuk:) Ekkor elhatároztam, hogy többet ér ha nevelés értékűleg elbeszélgetek velük, hiszen a bagoly jó fényekben már úgysem jön vissza. Elmondtam nekik, mit csinálok, megmutattam a sátrat a gépet a fotókat és egy bagolyköpetet is. Érdekelte a dolog őket és megígérték, ha látják a sátrat a közelbe sem jönnek. Pénteken egy régi barátomat Nehézy Lacit várom vendégségbe és talán be tudom neki mutatni újdonsült kuvik barátaimat is.

New picture in the “High resoulution bird pictures” gallery

I have added a new high res picture of a Little owl.

New Pictures in Madarak / Birds Gallery

I have updated the Birds gallery with two new images. Little owl and Red-backed Shirke.

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