Technically this is day 2 of living in a hide in the Hungarian Marshes with Bence Mate and two other wildlife photographers. I arrived yesterday evening and spent a few hours photographing some of the birds that hunt in the marsh after dark. Bence had rigged up a 2000W theatre spotlight behind some reeds in readiness and we used this in combination with radio controlled flash units that I'd bought along. The spotlight gave a nice rim light to the herons and egrets fishing in front of the hide. Here's a quick example - more night shooting in the days to come!
I spent a week last February living in this same hide in the hope of photographing White-tailed Eagles. They turned out to be somewhat shy and after 70 hours of watching and waiting, I only got to pjhotograph one for a little over two minutes.
This morning was very different - the Eagles visited the pool in front of the hide a dozen times or so, often several at a time. Although there wasn't any squabbling or fighting between them, it was great to be able to watch and photograph them for several hours. I've included a few initial snaps below - not much time for looking through shots as we're shooting night and day now, so I'll add the technical data for each shot when I'm back home in a week's time.