Our overnight stop was at the amazing Hotel Palota in Lillafüred. In the morning I got up early so that I could explore a little. There was a lake, and a waterfall beside the hotel which was in a forested valley. As scenic as the surrounds were, the most productive area bird-wise was the hotel’s garden. Here there were Black Redstarts, a Nuthatch and, just as I thought I should go into breakfast, a Hawfinch flew down near me and slowly started making its way towards me. Unfortunately it stayed in the shade, although the majority of the garden was in sunshine, and my camera was set up for the sunshine. I was so mesmerised by my first sighting of this bird and also certain that it would fly before I took a shot that I just fired away without increasing the ISO (which is what was needed). The results, therefore are a little disappointing.
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