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Swamp diaries #1: Daily updates from a visit to Bence Mate in the Kiskunsag marshes, Hungary

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!

(Image: Canon EOS 1DX, EF300mm f/2.8L IS II, 1/80 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 2500, 2 x 580EX II speedlights @ 1/64th power with CTO gel, tungsten backlight, tripod, hide)

(Image: Canon EOS 1DX, EF300mm f/2.8L IS II, 1/80 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 2500, 2 x 580EX II speedlights @ 1/64th power with CTO gel, tungsten backlight, tripod, hide)

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.

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