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Yellow water lilies on the surface of the water of Kis-Balaton.

The Kis-Balaton (Little Balaton) was a part of Lake Balaton until two hundred years ago but it was filled up with silt by River Zala. In the 1920s, the rest of the water was drained. From 1980, it is beeing inundated again. Today it is partly swamp and partly open water surface, so you cannot relly call it a lake.
It is home to 250 bird species, 110 of which nest here. In spring and autumn, tens of thousands of birds infest the small islets and the shores of the swamp. The mammal and insect fauna is even richer, some species can only be found here in Europe. The whole area (150 sq km) is protected but it is free to visit (only on foot).

The photo was taken from a bridge. Image was scanned from slide.

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