A tour to eastern Hungary in October focuses on one of Europe’s great birding events. Each autumn up to 100,000 Common Cranes from Fenno-Scandia, the Baltic States, Poland and elsewhere in northern Europe congregate here. The cranes are watched flying to roost at dusk in vast skeins and feeding by day in crop fields. There are also some great resident birds like Great Bustard, Saker Falcon, White-tailed and Eastern Imperial Eagle, eight species of woodpecker including White-backed, Middle-spotted, Grey-headed, Syrian and Black, and winter visitors such as Rough-legged Buzzard and Great Grey Shrike. Wildfowl present should include Greater White-front and some Tundra and Taiga Bean Geese. Indeed, eastern Hungary is a key staging area for the threatened Lesser White fronted Goose. Other birds should include Hawfinch, Black Redstart, Rock Bunting, Short-toed Treecreeper, Marsh Harrier, Penduline Tit and Dotterel. A tremendous autumn feast of birds! This great trip is run by UK-based Heatherlea Birdwatching: click this link for more details: http://www.heatherlea.co.uk/birdwatching-holidays-hungary-autumn.asp
This blog focuses on birds & birding from the Baltic to the Black Sea. With info & photos on species, destinations, country profiles, tours & conservation. I hope you find the info helpful and the photos enticing. To read earlier posts, simply scroll down, visit the ARCHIVE (below) or use the SEARCH BLOG function (top left) to find the topics that most interest you. Good browsing, good birding! Gerard Gorman
PROBIRDER: VISIT EASTERN EUROPE WITH THE LEADERS IN THE FIELD, FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BALKANS!
This site guide was published in 2006 and covers the best birding sites in 11 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia & Slovenia. Click on the cover
When joining any birding tour be sure that the organising company operates in an environmentally responsible manner. Over the years many of the bird tour companies and birding groups that I have worked with in Eastern Europe have supported local projects and organisations. Beneficiaries have included the Large Carnivore Project in Transylvania, the Falco Cherrug Club for young people in Tulcea, Romania, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, the Raptor Working Group of the Hungarian Ornithological Society, Butterfly Conservation, and funds were also raised for the building of birding towers in the Hortobagy National Park, Hungary. Gerard Gorman.