Birds of Hungary Photo Workshop

Scops Owl © Erik Muller

Scops Owl © Erik Muller

Although Hungary is not much bigger than Maine, since it is located in eastern Central Europe it has a huge variety in terms of landscape and habitats, such as steppes, sandy areas, marshes, oxbow lakes, rivers and hill regions, all close to each other.

The range of birds possible to see and photograph here is fascinating, and landscapes will make you feel as if you travelled at least fifty years back in time. Beside various local wildflowers, dragonflies, moths and butterflies, mammals will be present in good numbers in some areas. There is a great mixture of wildlife here in the very heart of Europe.

During our photography sessions Rollers, Bee-eaters, Hoopoes, Little Owls and Red-footed Falcons will be just a few of the long list of possibilities.

Our unique base, the Kondor EcoLodge, is at the heart of the Kiskunság National Park. Traditional thatched-roofed houses, home-made meals, wine cellar and tranquil forest and gardens full of wonderful species, makes Kondor EcoLodge a perfect place for a great wildlife vacation.

  • Workshop Cost
  • Trip Length (number of days)

    10-days/9-nights

     

    2017 Special Introductory Cost

    $3650 per person double occupancy, from Budapest, Hungary.

    If a single room is preferred or a suitable roommate is not available a single supplement fee of $400.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost:

    All ground transportation from Budapest, Hungary. All accommodations. All meals from Dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure day. All entrance fees and guide fees.

     

    Not Included in the Tour Cost:

    International air travel, passport and visa fees, luggage fees, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

     

  • Itinerary
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    Day 1 Arrival in Budapest
    After arrival at Budapest Airport, depending upon the last participant arrival, we will either drive directly to the lodge about 60-90 minutes away, or, if all arrive early in the day, we will check several habitats along the way for photo opportunities.

     

    Upon arrival at Kondor Lodge we will have our orientation and discuss next day’s plan & schedule before our welcome dinner.

     

    Days 2-9 Kondor Eco-Lodge
    The next 8 days we will spend, in a rotating system, at each of the professional hides as noted below:

     

    Hides in the garden of Kondor EcoLodge, Kiskunsag National Park

     

    1. Drinking & Feeding Station Hide
    Eurasian Jay, Tree Sparrow, Eurasian Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Great Tit, Blue Tit, European Nuthatch, Blackbird, Sparrowhawk regularly; in the evening European Nightjar

     

    2. Mobile Hides at nesting areas in the garden
    Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch

     

    Not every year nesting in the garden
    Long-tailed Tit (Northern form), Hawfinch, Mistle Thrush

     

    The following species can be seen and sometimes photographed in the garden of Kondor EcoLodge during the period of your visit

     

    Common Cuckoo, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck, European Hoopoe, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Long-tailed Tit, Short-toed Tree- creeper, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Winter Wren, Linnet, Hawfinch, Yellowhammer, Siskin.

     

    Walking distance and/or short drive from Kondor EcoLodge

     

    1. Popup blinds
    Eurasian Roller, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Wryneck, Tawny Pipit, Red-backed & Lesser Grey Shrike, European Turtle Dove, Little Owl (European Nightjar roosting sites are around nearby, but very difficult to find)

     

    2. Walk, point and shoot
    White Stork, Marsh Harrier, Montague’s Harrier, Common Buzzard, Saker Falcon, Eurasian Kestrel, Skylark, Crested Lark, Wood Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Tree Pipit, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Common Nightingale,
    Whinchat, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Corn Bunting, European Robin,
    Difficult, except if we know nesting/roosting area: European Nightjar, Common Quail, Black-, Middle Spotted & Syrian Woodpecker, Scops -, Tawny & Long-eared Owl

     

    Hides at other parts of Kiskunsag National Park (generally within a 1 hour drive of Kondor Ecolodge)

     

    1. Red-footed Falcon Tower Hide:
    Red-footed Falcon, Turtle Dove, Eurasian Roller, Common/European Kestrel, Jackdow, Lesser Grey Shrike, Tree Sparrow

     

    2. Alkaline Lake Shorebird Hide
    Common: Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Shellduck, Lapwing, Grey Heron
    Possible: Little Ringed Plover, Black-winged Stilt, Great White Egret, Little Egret
    Rarely: Marsh Sandpiper, Kentish Plover

     

    3. Freshwater Lake Floating Hide
    Common: Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Squacco Heron, Lapwing

     

    Possible: Spoonbill, Purple Heron, Ferruginous Duck,
    Rarely: Spotted Crake, Bittern, Little Bittern plus Otter are sometimes seen and photographed as well.

     

    Some of the Species which can be photographed from either popup blinds and/or walk-point & shoot at different parts of the Kiskunsag National Park depending season

     

    Pygmy Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Bittern, Little Bittern, Spoonbill, Sparrowhawk, Red-footed Falcon, Black- winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper,
    White-winged Tern, Whiskered Tern, Turtle Dove, Common Cuckoo, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Owl, Golden Oriole, European Hoopoe, Common Redstart, Black Redstart, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Long-tailed Tit Northern form, Nuthatch, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Tree Sparrow, Hawfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Yellowhammer

     

    Day 10 Depart for home
    After our final morning at Kondor EcoLodge we will transfer back to Budapest Airport.

  • Accommodations
  • Kondor EcoLodge throughout our tour.