Hungary in Spring with Gerard Gorman
AT A GLANCE
birds and other natural history.
Budapest (Hungary) – Kiskunsag National Park – Zemplen Hills - Budapest
a great selection of central European bird species.
road travel by minibus, local guest houses, all rooms with private facilities.
We are delighted to offer this fantastic fully inclusive two-centre tour, our third departure after the success of the 2015 trip. 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 this trip will be the rich diversity of bird life that occur in spring when most of the visiting breeding species will have returned to supplement the wealth of resident birds, and these are also joined by passage waders.
From the Hungarian capital, Budapest, we shall travel first to the Great Plain and base ourselves for three nights in the Kiskunsag National Park, a largely unspoilt region of "puszta" (grassland steppe), fishponds and marshes. Specialities here include Great Bustard, White-tailed Eagles plus Saker Falcon, with many other exciting birds such as Pygmy Cormorant, Little Crake, Long-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Collared Pratincole, Corncrake, Caspian, Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls, White Stork, Whiskered and White-winged Black Terns, Ferruginous Duck, Roller, Lesser Grey Shrike and Penduline Tit. We will then move to the Zemplen Hills for our second three nights, whose broad-leaved forests hold Ural Owl and Black, Grey-headed, White-backed and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers. Syrian Woodpeckers are around our hotel. Other species here include Black Stork, Collared and Red-breasted Flycatchers, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, Eastern Imperial and Lesser-spotted Eagles. Warblers include River, Icterine and Barred Warblers to name a few. We will also enjoy birds which are now very scarce in the UK, such as Turtle Doves and Red-backed Shrikes plus colourful species such as Hoopoes, Beeeaters and Golden Orioles. All these species and much more are possible plus of course, the odd surprise!
We can also expect some other wildlife, mammals such as Eastern Hedgehog and Common Suslik (a ground squirrel) and a selection of butterflies including possibly Camberwell Beauty and two species of swallowtails.
Our accommodation will be two country inns, in simple but clean en suite rooms. The trips are fully inclusive, except for evening drinks.
Day 1: Depart London Stansted to Budapest (depart 0830). Gerard and his driver 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 have almost another full day of birding before returning to Budapest for your evening flight back to London Stansted (arrive back 1710)
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: 12th – 18th May 2019 & 2nd – 8th May 2020
Leader: Gerard Gorman.
£1099/£1145 per person based on sharing a twin room
£99 per person – single supplement
£250 per person - deposit
Group size: 6-16 plus leader.
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: 150+
The 2018 report and species list is on our website.
2nd – 8th May 2020