Hungary Wildlife Trip

August 24, 2019  •  10 Comments

004 Hoopoe © Bob Riach Jigsaw Photography Ltd004 Hoopoe © Bob Riach Jigsaw Photography Ltd

 

Hungary Wildlife Trip 

 

In June 2019 we travelled to Hungary with six  other Wildlife Photographers. 

We met for the first time and became good friends. 

Our accommodation was  at the Bibic Nature Lodge in the Hortobagy National Park. The lodge sits  on the edge of a soda lake.

This location was excellent for discovering the abundant wildlife and the  hospitality was impeccable.   

The Hortobagy National Park is a vast area over 80, 000 hectares of grasslands, marshes, also  fishponds with a few roads and  access points. It is one of the top nature reserves in Europe. It is  Hungary´s first National Park, holding exotic  species of plants and animals.

The Hortobagy is first, and foremost, a bird sanctuary, with over 300 species  on record, offering exceptional, birding opportunities. 

Early each morning we visited different parts of the Hortobagy.  After a short break  for lunch our guides dropped us off at a different location for the afternoon experience. 

It was amazing to see so many birds in their natural environment.There were no  no baiting setups for photographs. We took photos of the birds mating and bringing food to feed to their chicks. 

Breeding activity is the highest at this time (May-June) Just like anywhere in the northern hemisphere breeding activity is high. 

We witnessed many species feeding their young including;  Red Footed Falcons, European Rollers, Bee-eaters, Hoopoes, Pygmy Cormorants, Little Owl, Shrikes,  both, Red-backed and Lesser Grey, Woodpecker, Black Stork plus many more there are too many to list. 

Since returning from Hungary we  have spent two days in the Farne Islands photographing  Puffins. 

We are now planning our next destination to Costa Rica.

 

 


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