Saturday, May 29, 2010

There was the opening ceremony of a big nature trail system at the Velence Lake (altogether 15 kms long). It was commissioned by the Duna-Ipoly National Park, and I made the illustrations together with my friend, Márton Zsoldos. I enclose some photos.

One of the 36 signs (autumn Geese) at the edge of the wetland:


Ancient seascape with Dinnyés village in the background:


An exhibition was also opened with all the paintings done for the trail:


And my favourite, our famous writer, Géza Gárdonyi's portrait by the house he was born in (see the painting in my earlier blog):

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yesterday I went back to the Curlew site for sketching. The Curlews were not so cooperative, I could make only one sketch:

So I looked for other birds. The Purple Heron is usually secretive, but some birds were hunting in the open close to the road:


Lapwings had big chicks. This female was guarding hers, so posed nicely for me. This is in late evening light, with the sun covered by some not so thick clouds.

It was quite difficult to work on this as my car was filled with mosquitoes, torturing me while trying to concentrate on the bird.
Again, a beautiful farewell from the puszta:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I could go back to last week's Curlew site not far from my home. I've sketched 2 birds from car from close distance. The changing of late afternoon's light can be seen on these 3 sketches:

~17.30:

~18.00-18.20:

~19.20-19.40:

Here's a photo without cropping to show how close sometimes they were (digiscoped from my car):

I had a nice sunset over the puszta:

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

At last yesterday I could spend a whole day in the field. I'll work on an article about the ID of Slender-billed Curlew. Thanks to my brother, who gave me a good hint where can I find Curlews. Strangely, this was the exact location where the last Slender-billed Curlew was observed in the World in 2002.







I used my car as a hide, the birds were usually very close to the road.


The female on the above sketches has this strange, broken billed male, which can cause a lot of confusion. Though you can clearly see, that it is a big Curlew. It is present in the area for at least 8 years now.