Summary and recommendation: An unforgettable five day
special trip to the best birding spots on the Hungarian Great
Plain in search of the magestic Crane migration. Extensions
country: Hungary. Arrive and depart Budapest.
schedules: - 27-31, October, 2023
5 days (extensions available, see bellow!) Price:
590GBP + 80 GBP single supplement. Price
includes: accommodations and meals (lunch is typically
picnic!), drinking water, vehicle hire with fuel and driver
guide, park entrance fees and ranger guides. The price
exclude: bank transfer loss, international flight,
visa, tips, drinks, personal travel insurance and any other
activities of personal request e.g. laundry, toalet fees,
phone calls, etc.
- For some nice Crane pictures, please
click here! Accommodation:
Three-star hotels with all rooms en suite. Numbers:
Min. 3, max. 7 tour participants.
trip is a must for anyone interested in witnessing the peak
week of what must surely be the most dramatic scene from
Europe's birdlife: the fall/autumn Hungarian Crane migration.
The Hortobagy National Park is the most important migration
stop-over for European Common Cranes, with up to 100,000
birds here during this peak week. The sight of tens of thousands
of Common Cranes flying across a magical sunset silhouetted
against the sky and trumpeting as they glide close overhead
is unforgettable. We also visit some other "must see"
birding habitats in the Hortobagy and Kiskunsag National
Parks for Great Bustards, Dotterels, Saker Falcons, Rough-legged
Buzzards, a wealth of shorebirds, plus much more.
Three day pre- and post-extensions are also available to
visit Zemplen Hills and Aggtelek National Park..."
birds: European Common Crane,
Great Bustard, Pygmy Cormorant, Lesser White-fronted Goose,
White Great Egret, Saker Falcon, White-tailed Eagle, Rough-legged
Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Dotterel, Long-eared
Owl, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Penduline Tit, Bearded Tit, Great
Grey Shrike plus billions of geese, ducks and shorebirds.
Ural Owl, Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Alpine Accentor,
Dipper, Rock Bunting and 8 woodpecker species.
Habitats: Buda Hills, Kiskunsag and
Hortobagy National Parks, Lake Tisza. Extension:
Zemplen and Aggtelek Hills.
Arrive Budapest. Budapest birding
for early arrivals at Margaret Island, Buda Hills and the
Day 2:Kiskunsag National Park.
We start by visiting the wetlands and forests of Ócsa,
then go birding in the charming landscapes of Apajpuszta
and Kunpeszér seeking out typical steppe
birds. This is a good area for Great Bustards with
flocks up to 80-250 birds.
Day 3:Hortobagy National Park.
We spend a full day birding at our so-called "Birding
Mecca" of Hungary, Hortobagy
halasto where literally billions of water
and reedbed birds live. At dusk we enjoy the huge influx of
European Common Cranes from very close quarters.
Up to 60,000 birds usually fly over us.
We rise early to enjoy the sight of thousands of Cranes
flying out from their roosts. We follow this with a full day
birding on the endless open steppes and shallow lakes of the
Puszta. At dusk we have another chance to enjoy the huge influx
of Cranes from close quarters.
We split up to form two groups. The first group leave Hortobagy
to depart (Budapest)
with en-route stops at various "Puszta"-like steppe
and wetland sites. The second group continue on the post-extension
trip to Tokaj, Zemplen and Aggtelek
Hills - raptor heaven and excellent for woodpeckers
(8 species) and owls, such as Ural- and Eagle Owl or White-backed
- Pre-extension: Detailed
Budapest sightseeing is available
with Danube Bend (Visegrad Royal
Palace, Esztergom' Basilica) and Szentendre.
1-2 days on request, before or after the trips.
- Post-extension: Visit
Zemplen Hills and Aggtelek National
Park for owls, raptors, woodpeckers and other woodies.
Yellow dots=trip stations
Light blue dots=post-extension