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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Dawn over Burgenland

The sun lifts itself above the distant horizon somewhere over Slovakia, heralding another hot August day, ripening the already swollen grapes on the Burgenland vines

A Swallow takes an early morning flight to catch insects for a
hungry brood hidden away in some barn

Time to move on... a juvenile Black Tern continues its Autumn migration...

...followed closely by a Whiskered Tern negotiating clouds of insects that
respond to the rising temperatures after dawn.

A Red-backed Shrike has its beady eye on some
unfortunate beetle that moves through the grass...

...whilst a White Stork lifts off with a crop full of frogs to feed a pair of
hungry storklets on a roof top in nearby Illmitz

Pictures taken in the Seewinkel National Park around Illmitz, Burgenland

Sky Watch Friday

Maalie selects images from his albums of travel pictures for Skywatch

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Blogger Sunshine said...

Maalie.. beautiful post with talented photography enjoyed it.. lovely..

God bless

7:54 pm  
Blogger Jane said...

Lovely photos, Maalie. The birds are stunning:)

8:04 pm  
Blogger donsands said...

Delightful photographs.

"A Red-backed Shrike has its beady eye on some
unfortunate beetle that moves through the grass..."

I believe they impale their victims upon thorns. I heard that in the film: "The Great Escape".

9:16 pm  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Yes, quite nice pics, as usual. And descriptions.

I am grateful for the birds we have in our suburban setting. Deb keeps bird food up there, so we do get some variety, though mostly sparrows. She loves her morning doves.

I miss the barn swallows or whatever kind of bird it was, which used to swoop down on us, seeming to come quite close, because we were coming to close to them, evidently. And martins we used to have in Ohio at my parents' place as well.

Birds are amazing, and so unique in themselves and among themselves.

11:02 pm  
Blogger simon said...

new camera is working a treat mate... BTW look out for the Aussies in this test.. its Do or die I feel!

12:56 am  
Anonymous Regina said...

I liketo watch birds flying. How beautiful!

4:45 am  
Blogger J Bar said...

Good captures.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

6:44 am  
Blogger Arija said...

So lovely to see a stork! Lovely birds and scenery.

11:35 am  
Blogger D Herrod said...

Sweet shot.

2:34 pm  
Anonymous Mo said...

What a beautiful place

3:59 pm  
Blogger Shrinky said...

My goodness Maalie, do you ever rest? Your photography has captured yet more stunning shots, a lovely treat for the eye.

So, where are you off to next?

1:45 pm  

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