Hungary in Autumn with Gerard Gorman
AT A GLANCE
Bird & holiday:
birds and other natural history.
Budapest (Hungary) – Kiskunsag National Park – Tata - Budapest
a great selection of central European bird species.
Road travel by minibus, guest houses, all rooms with private facilities.
We are delighted to offer these new fantastic value, fully inclusive autumn small group tours. They will be led by Gerard Gorman, the acknowledged expert on Hungary and author of the definitive books of the region, such as The Birds of Hungary (Helm), Woodpeckers of Europe (Bruce Coleman Books) and Birding in Eastern Europe (Wildsounds) and his team of local guides. His special interest lies in the Picidae (woodpeckers).His latest book is ‘Woodpeckers of the World – The Complete Guide’.
Hungary is a fascinating land-locked country that lies at the very heart of Europe, in the Carpathian Basin. It has an excellent selection of central European birds. It is a land rich in folklore and also famous for its full-bodied wines and hearty food. It also offers some of the best bird spectacles in Europe!
The main focus of these trips will be the rich diversity of bird life that occurs in late autumn. These trips offer not only the resident species, but late migrants and also winter visitors. One of our main targets will be Wallcreeper, amongst many others.
From Budapest we will spend three days on the plains, based at the Kiskunsag National Park. Vast numbers of birds occur at this time of year with ducks and geese including Red-breasted and Lesser White-fronted Geese, Saker, Eastern Imperial and White-tailed Eagles, Long-legged & Rough-legged Buzzards, harriers and Great Bustard. We will spend our second three nights in the Tata area where at this time of year specialities include Wallcreeper and Alpine Accentor. Woodpeckers include Black, Grey-headed, Middle Spotted, Lesser Spotted, Syrian and possibly White-backed. Other species include Pygmy Cormorant, Hawfinch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Great Grey Shrike, Penduline and Bearded Tits and photogenic roosts of Long-eared Owls. Most year’s flocks of Waxwings may also be present and this area is also good for geese with both Taiga and Tundra Beans possible.
Our accommodation will be in country inns, simple but clean with en suite rooms. The trips are fully inclusive, except for evening drinks.
Day 1: Depart London Gatwick to Budapest (depart approx 1700). Gerard will be waiting with the vehicle for your arrival.
Days 2 - 6: Five full days birding in Hungary. Group evening log call every night.
Day 7: We will have almost another full day of birding before returning to Budapest for your evening flight back to London Gatwick (arrive approx 1945).
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: 30th October – 5thNovember 2016 & 5th – 11th November 2017
Leader: Gerard Gorman
£989 per person based on sharing a twin room
£90 per person – single supplement
£300 per person – Deposit
Price includes: Return economy class flights including pre-paid taxes, all ground transport, accommodation in rooms with private facilities with all meals, reserve permits, bird checklist and services of leader/s in Hungary.
Price excludes: Travel insurance, evening drinks and other items of a personal nature. You may reserve your seats on the flights from £6 return.
Birds: Expected no of species: 120
30th October – 5th November 2016
5th – 11th November 2017