Monday, October 25, 2010

I could have a Slender-billed Curlew specimen for one day. I took it to the right habitat to have an experience with this probably extinct species:



I made a few sketches:


Also studied its plumage in detail. Having only a few photos of this species, it is a valuable information for me:

There's no data for this specimen. From the bill lenght (almost double of the lenght of the head) and the not so contrasting head pattern, surely this is a female, and from the fresh plumage I think it is in winter plumage.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It was a lovely autumn day yesterday, so I went to the Kiskunság area not far from my home. There are lots of wetlands everywhere:

By the same road where I sketched them in the spring, I found migrating Curlews. I could make some sketches:





I was surprised to see how many frogs they caught. Edible frog (which gave funny noise when got caught):

Fire-bellied Toad (which I thought to be poisonous):