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Sonntag, 1. Mai 2016

Great Bustard in Hungary

The great bustard (Otis tarda). The huge adult great bustard is possible the heaviest living flying animal on Earth. 
I asked some hunter in Germany if it is possible to photograph them from a blind but unfortunately I was not allowed to do so. I started some research on the Internet and found Frank Hans from This guy managed to get permission to put his blinds wherever he likes, so my decision was pretty easy.

The hunting ground in Hungary was pretty amazing and Frank found a pretty good ground for his blinds. We went before sunrise into the blinds and were asked from Frank to stay there until sundown. The great bustards came from their sleeping grounds at 6:30 am and stayed there till 1:00 pm.  They were mating and eating. 

Following my pictures from this weekend:

This is how my day started... :-)

Before the great bustards came, the  roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) was there.

Flying great bustards

Mating great bustards

Pheasants were also there .....

....and hares as well....

...and hunting western marsh harriers...

....and the European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) as well...

great bustards ...


I hope you like it.

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