We'd already seen a few during the post-breakfast walk out in the hotel ground - including a pair of kestrels up on the church tower.
In and out of the bus for a Sylvian woodpecker - the first of the trip and a Red-footed falcon flying overhead.
Our first site of the trip was an alkaline wetland area - Lake Rusanda where we quickly notched up several waders including black-winged stilt, avocet and spotted redshank, along with a large flock of Ruff and distant views of Marsh Harriers. Although, no sightings of flamingoes - which had allegedly been seen there a few years ago.
There was a mixed herd of cattle, goat and sheep, grazing on the meadows, accompanied by a shepherd and one or more dogs, which made sure you didn't come too close and rounded up stray animals.
Having ticked off a few in this area, we stopped off for lunch and then moved around to Park Rusanda which is an established long-eared owl roost and soon to be nature reserve, on the other side of the wetlands. Our first sighting of a great egret flying past in the car park, a roosting long-eared owl. There were a few more birds to add to the list before heading North to Kikindu where the serious long-eared owl winter roosts are - over 100 birds in one tree!
First stop was a local park yielded up a few woodland birds and a Serin in amongst the joggers and cyclists - wondering what this group of foreigners was doing, binoculars in hand peering up into the trees.
As we couldn't make it in to the town centre due to a local election rally, we headed out to the Old Brick factory, now an art colony where as well as looking at the outdoor clay sculptures, we had good views of a pair of black redstart and several night heron and spent several minutes trying to catch sight of an elusive (as ever) nightingale singing in the bushes.
Sylvian woodpecker, Osprey, Red-footed falcon, Black-winged stilt, Black redstart, Marsh Harrier, Goshawk, Hoopoe, Pallid Harrier, White-tailed sea eagle, Marsh sandpiper, Black-necked grebe, Serin.
Photo credits - Phil Aylen www.philaylen.com