Saturday, 30 October 2010

Tour Company Profile: Oriole Birding

Oriole Birding are based in the UK and indeed they run tours around Britain. However Oriole also have an international portfolio of trips with a strong emphasis in Eastern Europe. For example, week-long and shorter birding breaks to Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia etc.  

Friday, 22 October 2010

Birding Tours: WildWings - Hungarian Bird Festival 2011

From 8-15 May, 2011, the UK-based company WildWings are once again running the Hungarian Bird Festival. This is a different kind of birding holiday where once in place participants choose each day whether to join guided excusions, short or long, or do their own birding. It is based in the east at the famous Hortobagy area with excursions to nearby hills and forests also arranged. Key species to be expected are Pygmy Cormorant, Red-footed Falcon, Saker, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Ural Owl, Barred, River and Aquatic Warblers, etc. For more info click this link: Hungarian Bird Festival 

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Special Birds: Common Cranes

The east of Hungary sees 10s of 1000s of Common Cranes Grus grus visit and stop-over every autumn. For example, last week 22,550 were counted in Hortobagy area. By the end of October around 100,000 can be present. It is a true birding spectacle. Numbers have steadily increased in recent years.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Special Birds: Dalmatian Pelicans

Dalmatian Pelicans in an industrial landscape. Photo taken at Lake Burgas, Bulgaria, in August 2010 by Gergely Kovacs.