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Hajduszoboszlo North East Hungary, Hortobagy and the Zemplen Hills
4th-18th September 2012

  • Highlights included a good selection of raptors including multiple encounters with Sakers, White-tailed Eagles and Eastern Imperial Eagles, seven species of woodpecker, a good selection of waders including Dotterel and Terek Sandpiper, regional specialities such as Ural Owl and Great Bustard and much, much more....Ian Kinley reports.

Belarus and Hungary May 2012

  • After the publication of an article in Dutch Birding Magazine (nr.31-03) the macroura subspecies of Ural Owl was indicated as a potential split (Carpathian Ural Owl)...E.J. Alblas reports.

Hungary and Transylvania September 2006

  • Once more our Transylvania and Hortobágy tour proved the perfect pairing.  The two habitats – vast open atmospheric puszta and fishponds on the one hand, dramatic mountain scenery, gorges, and high-elevation conifer forests on the other...Bryan Bland reports for Sunbird

Hungary April 26th - 8th May 2010

  • A Syrian Woodpecker was nesting in one of the allotment areas. A walk around some lovely riverine woodland produced three River Warblers, one of which showed very well, many Nightingales, Common Sandpiper on the sandbanks, and a Black Kite – rare in Hungary – which sailed over our heads....Geoff Dicker reports.

Hungary May 2008

  • A Goshawk appeared above the trees in front of us, and drifted towards us – again passing over-head, and a number of Cuckoos called or flew past. Jay, Red-backed Shrike, Chiffchaff and Yellowhammer were continually in view...Ken Musgrove and Wayne Geater report.

Eastern Europe ~ Birds & Bears 11th to 22nd April, 2006

  • The weather had been unseasonably cold, just as in Britain, and so the wintry leafless landscape of the wooded Zemplén hills, the setting for our first birding day, did not look promising. Nevertheless we soon had a Lesser Spotted Eagle in flight and also perched for a scope view...Chris Hall reports from Hungary, Slovakia and Romania.

Hungary 25 July- 26 July + 29 July 2005

  • Within a few moments the bird I had come to see appeared over the woods....the majestic Imperial Eagle. We watched these birds for over an hour soaring over the forest, a fantastic sight....Ed. and John O`Hara report.

Hungary June 6 - 12, 2005

  • Highlighted by a White-tailed Eagle swooping just over our heads to take a Greylag Goose off the water, a pair of Saker Falcons, swarms of brilliant Bee-eaters, and, finally, a Great Bustard, our week was a wonderful experience...Jim and Sandi Ruch report.

Hungary/Austria 5 - 15 May 2005

  • Hungary is a land-locked country at the heart of Europe nestling in the Carpathian Basin. Hungary is nowadays a very popular birding destination, thanks mainly to the steppe-grasslands and wetlands in a small area of the Great Hungarian Plain.....Jan Vermeulen reports

North East Hungary 5th-19th May 2005

  • The heavily forested Bukk Hills lie 130km northeast of Budapest. The mixed deciduous woodland is extensive and dense and we found it especially hard work searching for woodpeckers....we did manage to locate all eight breeding species of woodpecker however....Ian Kinley & Dave Thexton report.

Hungary 27th March – 3rd April 2004

  • Sitting sunning themselves on the edge of the red bed were a few Pygmy Cormorants. In the reeds we had brief views of 3 Bearded Tits and a Penduline Tit.  Beyond this large pool were a series of small drained pools. Along the edges of these we had good views of 5 Water Pipit....Bob Swann reports

Hortobagy + Bukk Hills October 18th ~ 25th 2003

  • Our initial exploration was along the western bank of Tisza Lake, where we saw the first Great Grey Shrike, Gadwall, Teal, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Yellow-legged Gulls, Grey Herons and Little Grebe....Shena Maskell reports.

Eastern Europe Bird Trip Summer 2003

  • The weather turned out to be very good: lots of sun and no clouds whatsoever. Almost immediately, we found 2 Lesser Spotted Eagles, Crested Larks, Tawny Pipits, Lesser Grey Shrikes, Red-backed Shrikes, Wheatear, a male Red-footed Falcon, Golden Orioles, and the much wanted Saker....Kasper Hendriks and Rob van Bemmelen report.

Hungary ~ Crane Migration Oct. 2002

  • Now it was time to take our positions behind a line of trees in readiness for the evening crane run. Soon the air was filled with wild music as thousands of cranes announced their approach with an evocative whistling trill. As each flight of birds appeared over the trees, they rapidly lost height, almost dropping to ground level as they battled to steer a course directly into the ferocious wind...Christopher and Alison Hall report

Hungary and Slovakia 3 – 10 June 2001

  • We saw all of our main target species well, most notably Pygmy, Ural and Eagle Owls, Imperial and White-tailed Eagles, Saker, Red-footed Falcon, Wallcreeper, with bonuses of Steppe Eagle, Little Crake, Corncrake, Red-necked Phalarope, Ortolan Bunting and Lady's Slipper Orchids....Jon Hornbuckle reports

Hungary 2 - 9 June 2001

  • "You'll love Hungary; it has incredible avian diversity."  "You won't believe the raptors, herons and egrets."  "Best bet for Eastern Europe."  With comments like these from fellow birders enticing me, how could I resist?  But on the other hand, with its turbulent political history, how much is really known about birds there?  How could this land-locked country possibly be so special? ...Ann Barker reports.

Spring 2000 in Hungary

  • May 8th found Robin, Graham, Jarrod and I heading for the Kiskungshag National Park on a weeks  RSPB exchange visit with Leighton Mosses Hungarian twin.   Just an hour's car journey from Budapest, Kiskunshag protects the traditional wildlife and landscape of the Great Hungarian Plain.... John Wilson reports

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The Birds of Hungary
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  • For a comparatively small country, Hungary has a wide variety of habitats and many interesting and ornithologically important species, including Great Bustard, Imperial Eagle and Aquatic Warbler. This book covers 363 different species of bird, with detailed information on their status and distribution within the country. Each species is accompanied by a map. Hungary is becoming a popular destination for birdwatching and this guide is aimed at all visitors and people interested in Western Palaearctic birds

Collins Bird Guide
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  • Europe's best Field guide. If you only carry one field guide on a trip into Europe then this should be it. It provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and numerous illustrations to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding, etc).

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AA Baedeker's Hungary
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  • Quick and easy to consult, the principal features of interest are described in the main "Sights From A To Z" section, with each entry cross-referenced to the large folded map that completes this handy map and guide pack. Detailed background information sets the scene: facts and figures about the people, religion, climate and economy, its culture and history, plus a round-up of associated famous people. Special features, colour photographs, colour maps and plans are found throughout the book and the well-organized "Practical Information" section ensures you can make the most of your stay.

Lonely Planet Hungary (Travel Guides)
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  • Another fantastic Lonely lanet Guide. The book has easy to find information about everything from where to stay, to wine, to local history. As i am going to Hungary to work, i found t especially helpful to be able to read up on the culture and history iof tghe country and its people. From the excellent photos and descriptions of places i will also be able to make best use of my time off.


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