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easy birding and autumn wildlife

A week spent in Hungary catching the south-bound bird migration, searching out resident bird life, including Great Bustard, woodpeckers and owls, and enjoying the other local wildlife.
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18th – 25th October 2024

fully booked

Mike Russell 



Single Room Supplement – £200


Return flight London Gatwick to Budapest. Local transport as specified in itinerary. Seven nights accommodation, full board.

Not included

Refreshments. Gratuities. Travel insurance. ETIAS/visa costs. Covid tests and associated costs.

Group size

Minimum 4, maximum 12.

This holiday is timed to catch the best of the south-bound bird migration. On the plains of the Hortobágy, thousands of Common Crane gather to feed up before they continue south. A highlight of the trip is sure to be the bugling of impressive flocks of these stately birds flying overhead on their way to their roosts. The wetlands are also filling up with large numbers of ducks and geese including, occasionally, the rare Lesser White-fronted Goose. Taking boat rides on the atmospheric River Tisza, we will explore the heart of the unique ‘Puszta’ region, justifiably famous for its wildlife and culture.

As well as the southbound migrants, we will also look for some of the impressive resident birds of the area: Great Bustard, Europe’s heaviest bird, strut out on the plains where Saker and Eastern Imperial Eagle hunt around the Souslik colonies; in the forests of Bükk National Park woodpeckers could include White-backed and Black and we will listen out for calling owls in the evenings, hopefully including the ghostly Ural Owl: we may even be lucky enough to hear the local wolf pack proclaiming their territory.

There is more to the area than the exciting birding. In the Hortobágy, we will visit a rewilding project, where Przewalski’s Horses roam free. In the Bükk National Park, we will visit a bat roost with a licensed bat worker, who will be mist-trapping the animals to better understand their ecology. And we will also have the opportunity to visit a local wine cellar and to sample the local produce.

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Hungary 7th – 14th October 2016

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