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Bears, Bustards and Vampires!


Summary and recommendation
: A 15 day photography and birdwatching trip to Hungary and Romanian Transylvania (Prince Charles favourite spot!) with some cultural highlights.


"...On his first visit to Transylvania, Prince Charles was immediately struck by the precious legacy of this area and said he was “totally overwhelmed by its unique beauty and its extraordinarily rich heritage..."


Destination countries: Hungary, Romania (Transylva-nia). Arrive Budapest, depart Bucharest.

Next schedule: TBA

Duration: 15 days + extension available.

Price: ... GBP + ... 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: 2 x 4WDs.

Description: "...We begin our Spring season with a visit to the displaying grounds of the magnificent Great Bustard - the so-called Hungarian Ostrich - which is also the national bird and emblem of BirdLife Hungary. From here we continue birding in classic Hungarian habitats looking for woodpeckers, raptors and other local specialities before we head for the Count Dracula trail in the ancient land of Transylvania. This is also the home of the largest European population of Brown Bear and many special birds..."

Target species: Great Bustard, Pygmy Cormorant, Little Bittern, Bittern, Squacco, Purple and Grey Herons, Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes, Great White and Little Egrets, White and Black Storks, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Saker, Peregrine and Red-footed Falcons, Imperial, Golden, Short-toed, Lesser Spotted and White-tailed Eagles, Montagu's Harrier, Hazelhen, Capercaillie, Quail, Little and Spotted Crakes, Corncrake, European Common Crane, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Stone Curlew, Kentish Plover, Dotterel, Curlew, Collared Pratincole, Kentish Plover, Curlew, Marsh Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black, Whiskered and White-winged Black Terns, Scops, Short-eared, Ural, Eagle, Long-eared, Little and Barn Owls, Nightjar, All 9 European woodpecker species including White-backed, Three-toed and Black Woodpeckers, Woodlark, Dipper, Alpine Accentor, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Bluethroat, Redstart, all "Locustella" warblers, Moustached and Barred Warblers, Bearded, Penduline, Willow and Marsh Tits, Wallcreeper, Rock Thrush, Golden Oriole, Red-backed, Lesser Grey and Fgreat Grey Shrikes, Ring Ouzel, Nutcracker, Jackdaw, Rose-coloured Starling, Wheatear, Tawny and Rock Pipits, Crossbill, Grey Wagtail, Serin, Siskin, Collared Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Bullfinch, Hawfinch, Firecrest, Serin, Siskin, Twite, Corn Bunting and Rock Bunting.

Habitats: Buda Hills, Danube shore, Kiskunsag and Hortobagy National Parks, Lake Tisza, Bihor Mountains, Turda Gorge, Ghiorghiu-range (Carpathians), Bicaz Gorge, Sinpaul fishponds, South Carpathians at Brasov. Extension: Lake Velence and Börzsöny and Vértes Hills.


Trip outline:

Day„0”: Pre-extensions (see below).

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

Day 02: Kiskunsag National Park. Visit the wetlands and forests of Ócsa and experience some of the most charming countryside while birding at Apajpuszta and Kunpeszér looking for typical steppe birds.

Day 03: Kiskunsag NP (shallow lakes). We keep en eye out for shorebirds, "puszta" specialities and raptors around the finest shallow and alkaline lakes of this beautiful national park.

Day 04: After an en-route stop at Lake Tisza we spend the rest of the day birding at our so-called "Birding Mecca" of the Hortobagy Fishponds, where we shall see billions of wetland and water birds.

Day 05: Hortobagy National Park. A full day birding the seemingly endless open steppe and shallow lakes of the Hortobagy puszta region.

Day 06: Border crossing to Romania with en-route stops for birding. First we stop for some Ortolan Buntings. Relaxation and palinka (plum-brandy) tasting at Sincrau. Late arrival to Rimetea (10PM).

Day 07: Birding in the Moc-lands (Secler-rock, Trascau, Posaga de Sus). This is probably the most remote part of Eastern Europe with completely intact limestone hills, forests, forest hermitages and medieval fortresses on abandoned rocky outcrops. Many local villages still have no electricity. Excellent for birding and a cultural adventure.

Day 08: Turda Gorge. We spend the day birding at the best spots in western Romania. Turda Gorge is possibly the richest nature reserve in the country with innumerable endemic plants, rare insects and excellent birds. To Praid for bear watching at dusk.

Day 09: Mountain birding in the Ghiorghiu-range (Carpathians) in search of Capercaillie and Hazelhen. More bear watching and photo opportunities at dusk.

Day 10: "Outer space" visit to the unique deep salt mines of Praid. To Bicaz Gorge in search of Wallcreepers followed by bear watching at dusk.

Day 11: "In search of the Dracula myth". We visit the unique medieval Saxon heritage of Sighisoara and Biertan.
Birding en route.

Day 12: Wetland birding at Sinpaul fishponds, one of the finest migration stop-overs in western Romania. Bear- watching at Poiana Brasov.

Day 13-14: High-altitude birding at Mt. Bucec and Piatra Craului for Alpine Accentor, Water Pipit, Shore Lark. We also visit the local large-carnivore project to see Wolfs and Brown Bears.

Day 15: To Bucharest. Depart or optional sightseeing post-extension.

Extensions:
-Pre-extension: Budapest sightseeing plus the Danube Bend and Szentendre. 1-3 days on request.
-Post-extension 1.: Bucharest sightseeing plus Snagov. 1-2 days upon request.
-Post-extension 2.: Danube-Delta birding; for sample itinerary please click here >>>


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2023' dates are coming in late August

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Fortified Saxon Churches (Biertan)
Bicaz Gorge
Well at the Hortobagy
Moc houses
Mediaval citadell of Sighisoara
Girls in traditional costume (local wedding-Transylvania)
The Dracula castle of Bram Stoker (Bran)
Crested Tit
 
Tengmalm's Owl
European Mink
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