Spring birdphotography tour

We just love the beautiful compilation of spring flowers, the butterflies and birds

During our spring photography tour we will deploy this period of the year when birds are at their most active attracting partners and mating. At the end of the winter our birds change plummage into a more colourful state getting ready for the breeding season also being more attractive as if they were asking to be photographed. The habitat is very beautifully green with vivid flowers blooming, the woods and countryside is full of wonderful bird song. What more do we need for an unforgettable bird photography tour.

Destination: Hungary, Kisujszallas, Turkeve and Koros-Maros National Park

Date: 10-16,17-23,24-30 May

Other dates are also available upon request

Size of group: 2-6 participants per week

Cost of the tour: 360000 HUF/per person

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1st day

We meet at the Airport and after a one and a half hour drive, we will arrive at our Villa Aquila in Kisujszallas where your accommodation will be. After you have settled in, we will go for lunch or dinner at a local restaurant depending on your time of arrival. If we have time we can go for a walk around the town with cameras and binoculars, we may find some nice birds.

2nd day

After a relaxing night we will start our photo tour in the garden hide located in Turkeve. We will mainly see Finches and possible nesting Tree Sparrows, however the Syrian and Green Woodpecker are also regular visitors at the drinking pond. After spending time in the Garden Hide we will explore the local territories. During our walk we will take pictures of the Great Reed Warbler and the Penduline Tit.

After our midday siesta we are going to visit the neighbouring rice fields, here we will see Bluethroats, Sedge Warblers and Savi’s Warblers. On the rice fields we could see many different Waders and at this time of the year the first Collared Pratincoles may have arrived.

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3rd day

At dawn we are going to visit my Red – Footed Falcon hide next to Turkeve where we can take pictures of the birds in the first rays of the early morning sun. In the morning you will be able to photograph mating Red – Footed Falcons, Kestrels and hopefully Roller or Golden Oriole these beautiful colourful birds will give you some outstanding pictures.

After our midday siesta we are going to visit the Great Bustard Conservation Centre in Devavanya. In the exhibition centre we will take an insight into the Hungarian Great Bustard conservation programme. This place is perfect for photographing the Great Bustard in a fenced area, while here with a bit of luck we could also photograph the Montagu’s Harrier and the Hoopoe.

4th day

At dawn we will visit my Hoopoe Hide, where we can take pictures of the birds active in the first golden rays of the morning sunrise. Here we will also have a chance to photograph Corn Buntings, Brown Hares and Pheasants.

After our midday lunch break we are going to visit my Woodland Hide, here we will be able to photograph different species of Woodpeckers.

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5th day

In the morning we will visit my Tower Hide for photographing the beautiful Roller. From the hide you will be able to photograph Little Owls and Kestrels.

After the midday break we are going back to the local rice fields, here we will be able to photograph Godwits, Lapwings and different species of Heron there will plenty of wildlife to photograph including Roe Deer, Brown Hare and sometimes Foxes here.

6th day

In the morning we are going to photograph the Cuckoo. With a bit of luck we can pictures of the Male Cuckoo when it is seeking the females near the reedbeds. We can also attract them to nearby branches where they can collect food from feeders which will give us good photo opportunities.

In the afternoon we will visit the Drinking Pool, here we will photograph Nightingale, Hawfinch, Warblers, Thrushes and Finches.

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7th day

If we have enough time before leaving for the airport we will drive around the neighbouring fields here we might see Corn Buntings, Yellow Wagtails and many more small songbirds this will be a great finish to the tour.

At the end of our Spring Photography Tour, we would hopefully have taken some brilliant pictures of Red – Footed Falcon, Kestrel, Syrian and Green Woodpecker, Roller, Hoopoe, Nightingale and many more wonderful birds and mammals making your trip worthwhile.

We can recommend this tour to anybody interested in wildlife photography. During our tour we will mainly use hides but sometimes we will work in the fields. We would ask you to bring waterproof walking boots as the early morning grass will probably be wet. We will promise you an interesting few days photography in a country with beautiful habitat and wonderful wildlife.