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HUNGARY PHOTO TOURS > Spring-Summer Hide-photography Tour (7 days)
High diversity in the HORTOBÁGY NATIONAL PARK

High bird diversity and high hide disparity. This is a fantastic tour to photograph some rare and localised Eastern European bird species in our sophisticated nature inbuilt hide network installed in the well-known Hortobágy National Park.

Fixed dates but also available upon request
Recommended period between 20th April and 20th July

25 June – 1 July 2018 – 4 places available
27 April – 3 May 2019 – 6 places available

7 days (6 nights)

Photo hides and species:
We have five full days for photography allowing a wide selection of hides to be used. It is possible to use different hides every day but this is all subject of discussion with the guide on the first evening. If somebody want to spend several days in the same hide it is also possible. Photography on the arrival and departure days is not guaranteed on the tour but if hides available it is possible.

Normally we would visit the „Pygmy Cormorant Hide” which is located in deeper water and is suitable to take photos of a wide range of waterbirds (Pygmy Cormorant, Great Egret, Ferruginous Duck, Marsh Harrier etc.). We would also use the „Egret and Stork Hide”, which is located by a shallow pool and excellent for storks, herons and egrets from late April to late May. Our prime target will be Black Stork, Spoonbill and Night Heron but various other birds also possible. Another hide we would use is the „Red-footed Falcon Tower”, which gives an intimate insight into the private life of these magnificent raptors. Our visits to the different „Passerine Drinking Hides” vary greatly but provided weather conditions are adequate many sought-after species are possible (Sparrowhawk, Black, Green, Lesser and Middle-Spotted Woodpeckers, Collared Flycatcher, Warblers, Hawfinch, Yellowhammer etc.). The “Shorebird Hide” is usually good at the beginning of the season in April and early May with changing subjects. Also if we have time we might visit one of our “Mobile Hides” or spend some time with photographing herons and egrets in flight (mobile hides are used for Hoopoe plus anything interesting in that particular year!). We have a “Mobile Hide” for Roller and Bee-eater from mid May.

Upon request we organize one day for „stalking photography” targeting any possible species available in the area. For more information (available hides, comfort, hide technical information, bird species) visit our hides menu item or contact us!

Our daily routine is variable and highly depends on weather and the month (April, May or June). Some of our hides were designed for half days and others for all day usage. Starting times also variable and ranging from 0430 to 0630. If the daily programme is for all day’s hide-usage breakfast is taken in the Bíbic Lodge and the photographers supplied with packed lunch. If we have two photo sessions a day, the photographers also supplied by packed lunch as we rarely return to the lodge. In the tours in June or in case of very hot weather the photographers have a few hour rest in the middle of the day. So they have a morning (05:30–11:00) and an afternoon (15:00–20:00) session.

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:
30-55 species

What to bring:
torch, binocular, tripod, insect repellent, sun block and hat

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.

The walking effort is mostly easy throughout the tour if the weather conditions are not extremes we should be able to drive close to most hides. The ‘Shorebird Hide’ is usually approached by walking in wellington boots.

In May-June-July most days are warm, dry and sunny and temperature is up to 30C. It can be distinctly cool at dawn however.

Group size and prices:
The minimum group size is 2 photographers
The maximum group size is 8 photographers
Tour price is 1300 euro/person.
This price is based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is 120 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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