One of the highlights of the trip was finding a group of 120 Whooper Swans (Singschwäne) including at least 10 1st winter youngsters (why did I not count this when I was there in stead of just trying to figure it out from photos).
The swans were feeding in an open field and we did not want to get too close, so the possibilities of getting good shots were very very limited.
Such stunning birds...
Later, we were on the water's edge with a good 5000 ducks (mainly Tufted Duck and Pochard), the swans started to come in from the fields to overnight on the water. It was getting very dark, but I still managed to get a few photos of the Whooper Swans drinking. The photo really doesn't do justice to how dark it was - I was really impressed with the Canon 5D mark II at ISO3200. I used live view and a count-down timer to reduce shake at 1/25 shutter speed and the TLS800 digiscoping adapter and Swarovski Optik STM80HD spotting scope.