I recently took a trip to the Hortobágy National Parkin Hungary, staying in a small town called Balmazújváros. I had previously photographed a White-tailed Sea Eagle in Scotland but had not been prepared with the right focal length at the time photographing from a boat.
Therefore I felt the lure of the chance to photograph many birds from the hides of Sakertour, an example of which can be seen below. The hides use reflective glass which I was a little unsure about but certainly needn’t have been, slight loss of light but not significant especially when the sun was shining !
I entered the hides at 5:30am well before sunrise and left late afternoon after all the birds had left. That way the eagles never know that there are humans in such a close vicinity.
It’s a great chance to spend 10 hours or so observing at close range the behaviour of not only the eagles but other birds too. A very stimulating experience indeed !
The following images show a sequence in which an immature eagle takes on a more mature bird and loses ! I didn’t see too many squabbles of this nature so feel lucky I was able to capture the action.