Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 finalists

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 finalists

Gabor Baross from Hungary took this photo of a Eurasian Spoonbill at Hortobágy National Park.

“This image was taken on my second photographic session at this small pond,” Baross said.

“On my first visit there had been plenty of birds and lots of possibilities to take action photos.

“However, now the silence was my partner.

“All I had seen was a lone Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) that attacked every bird that approached the pond.

“However, in the afternoon the situation had improved and a group of Eurasian Spoonbills landed not far away from me.

“It was immediately noticeable that there was an agressor among them, a bird that had very strong territorial instincts.

“I focused my attention and camera on this bird. In the vast majority of cases, the other spoonbills thing to avoid confrontation.

“However, in one instance there was a bird that turned to face the aggressor and a minute of unbridled fighting began.

“The level of aggression the birds displayed was far beyond my imagination.

“I felt like they were fighting for their lives, as they pressed each other’s heads under the water or just grabbed each other’s legs and did not let their rival fly away.

“During the combat they were getting closer and closer to me, so by the time this picture was taken they completely filled the frame.”

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