Attila Szilágyi | nature photographer
I was born in 1974 in the surrounding of Hortobágy, in Balmazújváros. My whole life has been connected with this wide open, mystical plain world. I grew up in a house on the outskirts of the village. Our playground was the plains behind the end house. As a kid, I never guessed that where we were playing football with my buddies was one of the most special saline areas of Hortobágy and Hungary – the so-called Big Saline. At that time, it was so natural that to avoid the ball a Kentish plover “rolled” away and avocets, godwits, pewits flew away because of our noise. Later on, it made me sad to realize that this wondrous world has disappeared. I was curious about everything, but the focus of my attention turned to birds. I have spent plenty of time in that area where I have seen so many unforgettable phenomena of nature which made me realize that I wanted not just to watch but also to actively protect the wonders of nature. As a foundation member of the Hortobágy Environmental Protection Association and ranger of the Hortobágy National Park Directorate I am working on repaying the gift which I got from this wonderful area.