Hajduszoboszlo North East Hungary, Hortobagy and the Zemplen Hills
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Europe ~ Birds & Bears
- 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
Hall reports from Hungary, Slovakia and Romania.
- 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.
- 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 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
North East Hungary
- 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.
- 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
Hortobagy + Bukk Hills
- 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
Eastern Europe Bird Trip
- 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
- 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
Hungary and Slovakia
- 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
- "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