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HUNGARY PHOTO TOURS > Crane Photography Tour (6 days)
A week with cranes in the HORTOBÁGY NATIONAL PARK

There is a wide selection of possibilities for those who wish to photograph Cranes in Europe. No doubt the Hortobágy National Park - being the largest gathering place for Common Cranes anywhere in Europe or in the World - offers a wide variety of 'Crane' subjects. Sakertours is based in the Hortobágy so naturally we know our area very well and wanted to offer Crane photography. It took us several years however to be able to present a ’Crane Photography Tour’ which is somewhat unique on the market. Finally we came up with the idea of drinking and bathing Cranes! This is a special subject at the very beginning of the Crane migration when the numbers are still low but the weather is still good. This is how our early September Crane Tour was born. So if you would like to photograph Cranes with lying on their back in water this is your tour!

Fixed dates but also available upon request
Recommended period between 5th September and 15th October

31 August – 5 September 2018 – 5 places available

6 days (5 nights)

Photo hides and species:
We have four full days for photography in the different „Crane Hides. It is possible to use a different hides every day but this is all subject of discussion with the guide. If somebody want to spend several days in the same hide it is also possible. This tour focuses on the special subject of photographing Cranes at a drinking and bathing site. We operate two different hides for Crane drinking but sometimes it is supplemented with mobile hides as well. Besides the “Crane Hides” there is possibility to use other hides as well for some other species. We could use the „Pygmy Cormorant Hide” located in deeper water and good for fish-eating birds as well as ducks (Pygmy Cormorant, Great Egret etc.) or the „Passerine drinking hide” which can be rewarding also in the autumn period; provided weather conditions are adequate there are many migratory species possible in addition to resident species (Lesser and Middle-Spotted Woodpeckers, thrushes, Hawfinch etc.). We will also have a chance to photograph Long-eared Owls at a day-roost site.

Upon request we organize one day for „stalking photography” targeting any possible species available in the area. In this period of early September Dotterels usually migrate through and it can be a stalking photo target. For more information (available hides, comfort, techniques, bird species) visit our hides menu item.

Our daily routine is varaibale. If the daily programme is for Crane hides we usually start around 08:00 and finish whenever desired (usually 18:00). The Cranes can arrive to the drinking places between 09:00 and 12:00 and they usually stay until 17:30-18:30. The photographers supplied with packed lunch. Other hides can be visited in any discussed time.

Recommended equipment:
This tour will offer you very diverse photographing opportunities. Therefore, we suggest that you bring along lenses from fish-eye and wide angle to 300mm and 500mm ones.

Expected number of birds species photographed on this tour:
10-25 species

What to bring:
binocular, tripod

Accommodation & Road Transport:
We use the fantastic Bíbic Nature Lodge in Balmazújváros which is perfectly located to reach any of our hides. Road transport is by car (4x4 if required) and depending on weather conditions can be bumpy and rough on some tracks to some hides. Although early September is usually still a dry period!

The walking effort is mostly easy throughout the tour if the weather conditions are normal. In this case we should be able to drive close to most hides.

In early September it is still summery weather. Temperature can range from 15-30C but the mornings can be already cool (5-12C).

Group size and prices:
The minimum group size is 2 photographers
The maximum group size is 6 photographers
Tour price is 1050 euro/person.
This price is based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is 90 euro/person.

Deposit: 400 euro (due with booking)
As soon as you fill out a booking form we will send you a deposit invoice and information of the final payment.

Booking conditions

The price includes:
Budapest-to-Budapest all inclusive
The use of our unique photo-through panorama hides
All transportation throughout the tour
All meals
All accommodation
All entrance fees
Local guides

The price excludes:
International flight to Budapest
Alcoholic drinks
Services of personal nature (telephone calls, laundry etc.)
Tips to guides

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