Roger led a tailor-made tour for a group to the Hortobagy and Zemplen Hills; here are photographs by Janos Olah (Sakertour guide) of some of the very birds we saw

White-backed Woodpecker, Red-footed Falcons at their colony and male Collared Flycatcher...fabulous!




The photos below were taken during a tour especially arranged for a group from Cambridge in spring 2015


flying over Budapest as we arrived


traditional farming maintains the habitat on the Hortobagy. This includes woolly pigs

Penduline Tit is common here


Black Stork


We were fortunate to witness a spectacular courtship flight by two Bitterns

You can see the male's inflated neck feathers and blue facial skin



The two birds circled above us at low level several times





the female (above)

the male (above) has much brighter blue skin on the face in spring


Bearded Tits



A Little Owl sits on the roof of an old farmers cottage


The landscape of the Hortobagy is unique and a UNESCO World Heritage Site


We saw a flock of 14 Great Bustards




Nightingales were everywhere. We even had 5 singing by our hotel!

Night Heron


Ferruginous Duck is a rare bird in Europe these days, but we still saw plenty on trips to fish ponds managed specially for birds


White-winged Tern


Black Tern

White-tailed Eagle (above & below)


Pygmy Cormorant

Hundreds of cranes fed in fields by the fish ponds

Festoon Butterfly


Squacco Heron

Geese over the Hortobagy

Red-Footed Falcons breed in old crows nests

Montagu's Harrier




Syrian Woodpecker


an ancient breed of Hungarian sheep


Middle-spotted Woodpecker, one of nine species seen on this trip !

Black Redstart

Ural Owl


a castle in the Zemplen Hills


White-backed Woodpecker

Collared Flycatcher

Black Redstart

the Zemplen Hills are home to many raptors, as well as numerous forest birds



This Long-eared owl chick was sat on Mum' back


Eastern Imperial Eagle

This Eagle Owl nested above a vineyard

This area is renown for Tokai Wine

we visited a wine cellar before dinner one evening





Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.



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