As the days draw in and I try to wring the last bit of autumn out of the beginning of November (with very little success), here's another stunning selection of pics from Rich Steel's trip to Hungary earlier this year.
Regular blog readers will remember the Red Footed Falcon gallery he's already shared with us, today Rich's camera is down at the waterhole, producing the usual amazing results...
"Here's a selection of photos from the next two days in Hungary", Rich explains.
"First day was in what is known as the 'Egret Hide'.
"At one point on a pool about 60m long by 30m wide we had 18 Black Storks, 5 White Storks, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret and a Spoonbill.
"It was a bit busy and a bad time to be a fish!"
Quite why the Great White Blob at Banks can't come as close as these birds will remain a mystery, but here's what a Great White Egret should look like, with some cool Squacco and Spoonbill action to boot.
"The following day we were in the Pygmy Cormorant hide where we had to wait for 7 hours watching a solitary Coot before any action started," says Rich.
Seven hours watching a Coot?
Not sure I could handle that, even if the end result is pictures like this...
Such a weird looking wee bird, but after a seven hour wait, I'd be expecting tap dancing and chainsaw juggling from the Pygmy as well as the usual perchy, wing drying stuff.
I guess photographers have to suffer for their art.
Thanks for sharing as always Rich.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...