Migration Special Birding Tour Hungary Photo Gallery

Migration Special Birding Tour Gallery

Our Migration special birding tour in Hungary during the first week of September produced a wonderful variety of migrating and resident birds.
First we visited the Bükk Hills where we had good views of Middle, Lesser and Great Spotted, Grey-headed and Black Woodpecker, plus a very elusive White-backed Woodpecker. The stars of the birding tour however were 2 Ural Owls watched for a good half an hour hunting and eating rodents.
Leaving the hills Hor Valley Reservoir produced a flock of Black Storks, Spoonbill, a Black Kite, a Lesser Spotted Eagle and distant views of an Eastern Imperial Eagle.
Driving through Little Hortobagy we saw our first Red-footed Falcons, White-tailed and Lesser Spotted Eagle, Rollers and Bee-eaters. A small pond held Ferruginous Ducks, Pygmy Cormorants and a Bittern walking along the edge of the reeds. A visit to Hortobagy Halasto was very rewarding with 2 young Red-necked Grebes, a confiding young Little Crake, many waders including Temminck Stint and Wood Sandpiper, several Squacco herons and a Little Bittern flushed, Common Cranes roosting in one of the ponds and good views of playful Bearded Tits.
The steppes were a great place for migrating raptors such as Lesser Spotted and Short-toed Eagle. We had good views of a flock of 25 Dotterels with adults still in breeding plumage, 2 Saker Falcons hunting, 5 Great Bustards feeding and then flying away. During our birding tour the most popular were colourful Red-footed Falcons and their most spectacular gathering was of about 60 birds catching dragonflies over a pond in the sunset. The icing on the cake were 5 Long-eared Owls found at their regular day roost inside a town. Delicious Hungarian food and good wines were much enjoyed by the participants.
Photos by tour participants

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