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Great Bustard at dawn
Glossy Ibis
Spotted Redshank
European Bee-eater
Great Bustardl
Little Gull
Steppe Eagle - a mega rarity in Hungary
Spinning Ruffs
Meadow Pipit
Windmill at night with starsl


Late summer birding.

Summary and recommendation: 9 days of birding in carefully selected Hungarian habitats for the best residents and migrants.


Destination country: Hungary. Arrive and depart Budapest.

Next schedules:
- 23 - 31 August, 2022 (

- 2023 TBA

Duration: 9 days (extension available)

Price: 1190 GBP + 120 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.

Accommodation: Three-star hotels with all rooms en suite.

Numbers: Min. 3, max. 6 tour participants.

Transport: Minivan.

Description: "...Our late summer trip visits Hungary's most typical bird habitats, including the famous Asiatic steppe-like "Puszta" of the Hortobagy, home of the Saker Falcon, European Cranes, Stone Curlew and billions of shorebirds. The sand dunes and shallow salt lakes in the Kiskunsag National Park provide us with Great Bustards, Rollers, Shrikes, Collared Pratincoles and a welath of shorebirds. The fall/autumn migration has already begun, adding extra variety alongside the resident species. After the Great Plain we drive to the forests of the Zemplen Hills, home of the Imperial Eagle, all nine of Europe's woodpecker species and many owls. We will also spend a day visiting two more of Hungary's finest birding spots - the Vértes Hills and Lake Velence Bird Sanctuary - where we expect to add more species to our list..."

Top birds: Great Bustard, Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, Great White and Little Egrets, Spoonbill, Squacco Heron, Glossy Ibis, Bittern, Little Bittern, Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Black, Whiskered and White-winged Black Terns, Mediterranean Gull, White and Black Storks, European Common Crane, Dotterel, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Kentish Plover, Stone Curlew, Saker Falcon, Long-legged Buzzard, White-tailed Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Montagu's Harrier, Little Owl, Ural Owl, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, Nightjar, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Woodpeckers, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Bearded Tit, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole, Dipper, Tawny Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Woodlark, Rock Bunting. Billions of resident and migratory ducks, geese, shorebirds, gulls, terns and herons.

Habitats: Buda Hills, Danube shore, Vértes hills, Lake Velence, Kiskunsag, Hortobagy National Parks, Lake Tisza and Zemplen Hills.

Trip outline:

Day 01: Arrive Budapest. Budapest birding for early arrivals at Margaret Island, Buda Hills and on the Danube shoreline. Optional full-day sightseeing: Heroes Square, Buda Castle District, Parliament building and St. Stephen's Basilica.

Day 02: Drive to Vértes Hills with en-route stops at the huge parks of Martonvásár, Alcsút and Csákvár, all excellent for woodpeckers and songbirds. We will search for soaring Imperial Eagles and Saker Falcon in the Vértes Hills. There is also good wetland birding in the old meadows at Csákvár. To the nearby Lake Velence Bird Sanctuary at dusk for waterbirds.

Day 03: Kiskunsag National Park. We visit the wetlands and turf-moor forests at Ócsa and go birding in the charming steppes of Apajpuszta and Kunpeszér. A Great Bustard-day:

Day 04:
Kiskunsag National Park shallow lakes. We spend the day in search of shorebirds, "puszta" specialities and raptors around the distinctive shallow alkaline lakes of the National Park.

Day 05: After an en-route stop at Lake Tisza we spend a long birding day at our so-called "Birding Mecca" of Hungary, Hortobagy Fishpond. Here we shall find literally billions of water and reedbed birds. This time of year is also excellent for raptors.

Day 06: Hortobagy National Park. Another full day birding on the endless open steppes and shallow lakes of the fabled Hortobagy Puszta.

Day 07-08
: Zemplen Hills. This area is 'raptor heaven' - we usually see Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle and Golden Eagle. But our target list also includes Ural Owl, Eagle Owl and all 8 Hungarian woodpeckers, including the rare White-backed.

Day 09: To Budapest with some en-route birding. We also stop at Hollokõ Traditional Village, another World Heritage Site. Depart Budapest.

-Budapest sightseeing including the Danube Bend and Szentendre. 1-3 days on request, before or after the main trip..

Black square=Budapest
Yellow dots=base trip stations


Upcoming trips & Expeditions

Slovenia butterflying (21 - 28 July, 2022)

Bears and Butterflies o Transylvania. With Danube Clouded Yellow and High Carpathian extension; 30 July - 06, Aug. , 2022)

Crane weekends of Hungary (October, 2022)

2023' dates are coming in late August

Full tour calendar

We are watching for Long-eared Owls
Cranes are already arrived
Autumn scenery
Shallow waters are full with waders
Grey Heron swims in dog day
European Common Cranes - Hungary is the most important stopover for this species to Africa
This Dipper put his nest behind the small waterfall
Spoonbills landing
Water Rail - difficult to see!
Dunlin is one of the most common migratory waders
Raven - symbol bird of our famous mediaval king, Mathias
Saker Falcon
Rock Thrush
European Magpie
Rose-colured Starling - an invasion bird
Wheatfield with Poppy
Barn Swallow catching fly - our national bird together with the White Stork
Ural Owl
White-backed Woodpecker
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