Sunday, 19 October 2008

Destinations: Ferencmajor-Naszaly fishponds - Hungary

These fishponds are typically Hungarian being in a lowland landscape and surrounded by reedbeds, trees and bushes. Breeding birds include Common and Little Bitterns, Purple Heron, Red-crested Pochard, Little Crake, Savi's Warbler, Bluethroat and Penduline and Bearded Tits. In autumn many of the basins are drained to reveal mud and attract many passage ducks and waders, including rarities. The ponds are also a drinking and roosting place for 1000s of Bean, Greater White-front and Greylag Geese in late autumn and winter. White-tailed Eagle also visits at this time. The area lies by the village of Naszaly, just north of the town of Tata in Komarom County, just south of the Danube, about one hour west of Budapest. The ponds are private but birdwatchers are generally welcomed as long as they stick to the dyke roads between the ponds and do not disturb the fish-farming work.

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