Hungary has offered some great photographers as well as subjects to work with in recent years and the innovative approach to glass-fronted hides a key development and one we’ll be able to take full advantage of in a truly diverse combination of settings and species to work with. These include a spectacular tower hide surrounded by nesting Red-Footed Falcons and Kestrels who will be pairing up and breeding at the beginning of the Spring season, a reed bed and pool hides offering returning specialities such as Ferruginous Duck, Spoonbill, Black Stork and Pygmy Cormorant, a woodland drinking pool with local specialities such as Collared Flycatcher and Hawfinch among its wide array of species, alongside the iconic and colourful central European speciality species Hoopoes, Bee-Eaters and Rollers or late season waders from further hide options, this will be a jam packed bird photography week in some of the best hides and set ups and with local experts who we’ve been working with for many years.
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Day 1: We are due to arrive at Debrecen Airport at roughly the same time where we will be met by our Hungarian guide. We will then travel east for about an hour to our base in the Hortobagy National Park where we will have time to check in and over dinner we can discuss what to expect over the coming days, get an update on what precisely is working best in the last few days and plan our priorities accordingly.
Days 2-6: Each morning will involve early pre-dawn starts to ensure we are in position in any one of a variety of hide options that we will get the chance to work from over the coming days. All of these hides work on the innovative glass-fronted approach developed here in Hungary and one which affords an extraordinary view of what is happening in front of you so that not only are you able to achieve some amazing images but experience the habitat and activities in a far more involving way.
Among the options are a tower-hide surrounded by nesting kestrel and red-footed falcons, perfectly positioned for front-lit, back-lit and flight/landing images, a reed bed hide where the glass is down to water level allowing eye-level images of egrets, pygmy cormorant, ferruginous duck and an array of other water-based birds, and a classic woodland infinity pool where literally anything might turn up but with Hawfinch a key target but sparrowhawk, nightingale, collared flycatcher and turtle dove all just as likely any day. A pool area that has been setup for black storks, egrets, heron (including night herons) and spoonbills is yet another option. Dependent on how the Spring has progressed a water-level hide at a classic wader scrape may still be working, and we may-even have the chance via mobile hides for early-season hoopoe, roller and bee-eater: each year really is different here in terms of flexibility and all to a high standard of quality too, so it’ll be tiring, absorbing and rewarding photography.
Day 7: With a revised flight schedule to the original plan (given the proximity of Debrecen as opposed to Budapest) we should be able to have an additional final morning’s photography before heading off for our afternoon flight back home.
What our customers say
“It was excellent. Lots of varied species, well organised and excellent guides and accommodation.”
“Structure and content very good and very well organised by Paul.”
“Exceeded expectations – very satisfied with the array of photographic opportunities”
“I expected it to be good, but in the end it was fantastic”
“I enjoyed everything we photographed but my favourites were the bee eaters”
“Completely packed days, but anything less would be a waste”