This is our first tour to Hungary and we will be visiting the North-East of this country where within very short distances from our hotels we will be able to visit mountains, forests, rivers, marshes and most importantly the steppe of Eastern Europe.
We have planned this "recce" around two areas
The Hortobagy National Park. The Park is a World Heritage Site and is part of the Great Hungarian Plain. It covers 800sqkms and is rich in folk-lore and cultural history. It has vast areas of rolling grasslands and wetlands with many reed-lined ponds which will be alive with birdsong at this time of year. It is undoubtably amongst the finest birdwatching area in Europe with over 340 species being recorded.
During these days we will visit the following areas if they have better birding opportunities than equivalent areas within the park;
- Lake Tisza with its surrounding floodplains as well as the River Tisza. Lake Tisza was created as part of the River Tisza flood control project and is 127 sqkms with a length of 27kms but with an average depth of just 1.3mtrs making it ideal for all types of water birds.
- Heves Plain which is typical central european steppe land.
The Zemplin Hills. This is another World Heritage Site sitting in the foothills of the Carpathians. The most southern tip of the hills is the Tokaj region famous for its excellent white wines which we will have a chance to sample.
In this area we will not only bird the oak and beech woods but also the abandoned quarries where we hope to find 9 species of woodpecker. These include the Syrian, Grey-Headed, White Backed, Black, Great and Middle Spotted Woodpecker. This is the main area for owls and we should expect to see Ural and Eagle Owl.
We have chosen our hotels with great care to offer you the best available accommodation. For those who are not such keen birders it will be a real pleasure to enjoy a day-off and enjoy the excellent services of the hotels.
We have set up this tour in close collaboration with Sakertour and we specially thank János Oláh for the provided bird photographs, which we have used to show you some of the beautiful birds that we will see during this tour.
If you want to know more about this tour, please see the full tour description