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Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Squacco Heron Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)

Family: herons and egrets (Ardeidae)


Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
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We have photographed this species from the following 2 hide(s). In the hide's species list, you can see how frequently and when you can photograph this species.
Big Shore Hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
This hide is located next to one of Central-Europe's biggest heron colony, and 70 meter from Hungary's biggest Mediterranean Gull colony. Most of the heron-and egret species can be photographed well from this hide. Details >>
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)Copyright © Bence Mate
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (26) >>

Big Shore Hide - Details


Athough the hide is 2 km away from the farm, because of the lakes in between, we can only approach it with a 15 km drive and 1,5 km walk. The last 60 meters lead through a tunnel made out of reed, which hides us from the birds. This particular hide is suitable for taking flight shots. Both from sitting and standing position, the movements can be followed by the camera. For moving around, we recommend to use stabilization and autofocus and photograph from hand. 70 meters from the hide there is an island where 120 pairs of Mediterranean Gull and 800 pairs of Black-headed Gull are nesting every year. Most of the 120 hectar lake is reedy, which gives home to 800 pairs of herons and egrets.

Technical data of hide:

Year of building: 2003
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 32
Number of observed birds from the hide: 97
Floor space: octagonal,with 6 m diameter
Height: 3,2 m
Material: wood
Recommended focal lenght: >400 mm
Orientation of photography: 6 directions, 18 windows
Orientation of hide: according to North 10 -310,
Angle of sight: 300
Photography angle: 300
Photography surface: none
Size of windows: 20x70 cm
Vertical size of windows: 70 cm,160 cm
Height of windows from waterlevel: 2-3 m
Inside temperature: 10-30C, in case of sunshine after 10 AM >30C
Clothing: dark, brown-green
Room Availability: 6 pax
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
April-July, Daily (many times)
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Pochard (Aythya ferina)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Ferrugineous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
April-July, Weekly
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Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
April-July, Daily (many times)
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Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
April-July, Daily
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Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
May-July, Daily (a few times)
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Great White Egret (Egretta alba)
April-July, Daily (many times)
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Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
April-July, Daily
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Coot (Fulica atra)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)
May-June, Daily (many times)
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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
April-July, Daily (many times)
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Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
June-July, Daily
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Small Shore Hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
The hide is located by the reedbed, and approachable at any time of the day without disturbing the birds. It is mainly suitable for photographing waterbirds, especially herons. Thanks to the island built in front of the hide as well as the huge one-way glass, we can easily take excellent images of the birds from a close distance. Details >>
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)Copyright © Bence Mate
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)Copyright © Bence Mate
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)Copyright © Bence Mate
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)Copyright © Bence Mate
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)Copyright © Bence Mate
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
April-July, Daily
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Species list (27) >>

Small Shore Hide - Details


The hide is 5 km away from the farm-house by car. After reaching the reedbed by car, there is a 400 meter walk (with a 250 meter hike through the reeds). The water level in the reeds can be up to 40 cm, therefore we provide high-wellington boots for our guests. On the last 50 meters it is important to be very quiet not to scare the resting birds away. The hide inside is clean, it has thick mattresses for laying down. Many shelves are available for putting the equipment away when not in use. The hide is made of two separate parts, the base is movable according to the level of the water, in this way the birds can be photographed from the lowest level to the water. The most practical way to photograph is from hand or on beanbag, as the tripod restricts the mobility.In front of the hide there is an island with a 30 m2 water surface. In order to attract more birds we often put fish in the pond.For clothing, we strongly advise to dress all in black (including socks)as the birds can easily notice any glosses. The sun rises in front(on the right)and sets behind the hide (on the left side). The hide is supplied with can-food and suitable for overnight sleeping.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: 2005
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 85
Number of observed birds from the hide: 140
Floor space: 230x230 cm
Height: 140-170 cm according to water level
Material: wood
Orientation of hide: 1 way, according to North 40
Angle of sight: 170
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 210x110 cm
Inside temperature: 10-30C
Clothing: all dark including socks
Room Availability: 3 pax
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
April-July, Rare
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Mallard (Anas platyrchynchos)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Garganey (Anas querquedula)
April-June, Weekly (a few times)
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Gadwall (Anas strepera)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Pochard (Aythya ferina)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Ferrugineous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
May-July, Weekly
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Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Great White Egret (Egretta alba)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
April-July, Daily
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Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
April-July, Daily
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Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
April-July, Rare
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Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
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Curlew (Numenius arquata)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)
April-June, Weekly (a few times)
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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
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Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
April-July, Unpredictable
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Magpie (Pica pica)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss