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Hi

How time flys. Ican't believe it has been so long since I last posted here. I am sure the years get shorter as you get older.

I was fortunate enough to return to the Danube Delta in Romania in May for a week of photography. Its an amazing place! This year I spent the entire week in the Delta based at Mila 23 and a new area which has recently opened on the Ukraine border near Periprava known as Ultima Frontiera (the Last Frontier).

If anyone is interested there is a complete day by day account on my
blog but thought I would post a selection from the first few days of the trip. I will do another post with a selection from the latter half which includes some interesting encounters with European Golden Jackals.

Common Terns in Battle







and at the end of the day.







Whiskered Tern







Glossy Ibis in some evening light







Calling Red-necked Grebe







and a relax Great-crested Grebe.







A new species for me, the Ferruginous Duck







Kingfisher return with catch of the day to the nest







Little Egret lift-off







Pygmy Cormorant in the evening







Young Purple Heron amongst the water mint.







The most common heron in the delta, the beautiful Squacco Heron.



















and with amphibian breakfast







Also very common, The Night Heron.



















A few pelicans to finish which are the White and rare Dalmatian varities.



















Cheers

Rich


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Aug 23, 2014 at 06:48 PM
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Fantastic capture Richard... great action and head angles with catchlight on both Terns, nicely sharp detail and beautiful color and BG.
Excellent work and I look forward to seeing more of your pics from this trip.

Kirk



Aug 23, 2014 at 06:56 PM
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Superior set Richard. Great looking birds and you captured that very well. This set is a real viewing treat.


Aug 23, 2014 at 07:29 PM
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Wonderful shots Richard, every one is a winner for me
David



Aug 23, 2014 at 08:29 PM
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Stunning work Richard

Morris



Aug 23, 2014 at 10:14 PM
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Absolutely stunning set !! Love them all.

Birdie



Aug 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM
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beauties Richard.. i enjoyed them all


Aug 23, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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Great photos and blogs you have. An other Forum member, (Conrad Tan) also do photography in Hungary by using Saker Tours. I was out on the Hortobagy but not been that lucky. Ferne Is. (next year) is on my short list, your blog is an excellent collection of information. The problem we having on this side of the ocean to take gear with us places like you can easy reach from Europe. So mostly just drive to places using trucks and camper.


Aug 24, 2014 at 12:41 AM
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Fabulous, just fabulous....eye candy for sure.
Eric



Aug 24, 2014 at 01:45 AM
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An extra nice set Richard. The ibis is very sweet ~ Ron


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Many thanks for your replies, which are appreciated.

santila wrote:
Great photos and blogs you have. An other Forum member, (Conrad Tan) also do photography in Hungary by using Saker Tours. I was out on the Hortobagy but not been that lucky. Ferne Is. (next year) is on my short list, your blog is an excellent collection of information. The problem we having on this side of the ocean to take gear with us places like you can easy reach from Europe. So mostly just drive to places using trucks and camper.


By strange coincidence I met Conrad in Hungary when I went a couple of years ago and we have stayed in touch since. Currently next year I have my sights set on about 10 days in Iceland with a camper van which I am already looking forward to. I suppose we are lucky in the UK that we can easily reach some good destinations in Europe with a 2 to 3 hour flight. Like every wildlife photographer I hate airports and flying. My current solution is to either fly with the budget airline Easyjet (which if you book an extra leg room seat guarantees a larger hand baggage size i.e a Gura Gear with no weight limit) or I go with British Airways assuming its a direct flight with no change to a different carrier. (which again have a Gura Gear bag size limit but with 23kg allowance). You pay more with British Airways but it removes all the stress!

Cheers

Rich



Aug 24, 2014 at 07:46 AM
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Great images. Outstanding bird/prey. Good info as well, thanks for sharing.

Phil



Aug 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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What an amazing set! Hats off, Rich! Each and every one a delight and pleasure to view!


Aug 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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excellent set of wading birds


Aug 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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What a stellar series, Richard. Glad you decided to stop by again. Miss seeing your posts.

Ed



Aug 24, 2014 at 01:15 PM
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Thanks for the kind words and glad to see so many familiar names still here

Cheers

Rich



Aug 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM
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That's an awesome set Rich, great subjects, beautiful light, super action - wonderful!

Paul.



Aug 25, 2014 at 06:02 AM
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VERY NICE......................


Aug 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Danube Delta and the Last Frontier


Wow, great shots, and fantastic variety. It's hard to pick a favorites, but I really like the Great-crested Grebe and the amphibian breakfast shots.

Kevin



Aug 27, 2014 at 01:41 AM
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Wow.. great series of images . I love them all but the first one is my pick . TFS


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