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Two new Hungarian Bird Photography Holidays

A post rouse red footed falcon typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

Back in the summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Hungary to meet with a hide owner out there; I had heard great things about the area & the species on offer, but one set of hides in particular caught my attention.

A post rouse red footed falcon typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

Now, we are inviting you to join NaturesLens on a new pair of exciting photography holidays, photographing the diverse bird species that inhabit the Tisza Valley in Hungary. With a wide selection of hides designed & built to provide optimal opportunities throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with some of the best bird photography opportunities possible, capturing them in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.

A gull coasts by the pond hide typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

One of the herons takes off from the pond hide typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

Working from dawn ’til dusk watching this wonderful range of species in action, this is a pair of experiences that you won’t want to miss!

One of the female red footed falcons perched typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

The hides are designed & built to provide optimal opportunities in terms of light, background, & distance for a wide range of iconic species including Red-footed Falcon, Kestrel, Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Middle-spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Spoonbill, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Garganey, Ferruginous duck, Kingfisher, & more.

The hides are located in different habitats & the set-ups varied to provide the maximum number of species & opportunities.

A grebe floats serenely on the waters in front of the lake hide typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

For Summer 2018, we will have two new opportunities: the first, is a week long visit to the area, on a full board non-shared accommodation basis with airport transfers & all hide usage & guidance included. This photography holiday is of 7 nights duration, & costs £2199 on a non-shared basis.   It takes place in Tiszaalpár in Hungary, between the dates of 27th May – 3rd June 2018. The trip is ideal for photographing bee-eater, black-necked grebe, common kestrel, hoopoe, kestrel, kingfisher, lesser grey shrike, little grebe, middle-spotted woodpecker, red-backed shrike, red-footed falcon, roller, scops owl, spoonbill & more. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 7, plus our guide.

The kestrels are frequent visitors to the hide sites typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

The second trip is in the format of an extended weekend, & it is designed to allow you to specifically photograph the amazing Red Footed Falcon & other raptors of the Kiskunság National Park.

During your 4 night stay, you will have opportunities to capture images of the falcons as they display, mate, keep their eyes on the nests, fight, & fly. This tour is the perfect introduction to the Steppe Birds of Hungary photography holiday for those who can’t manage the longer 7 day photography trip or can only get away for a long weekend.

This photography break is of 4 nights duration, & costs £1399, it takes place in Tiszaalpár in Hungary, between the dates of 29th June – 3rd July 2018. The photography break is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. As with the longer trip, the photography break starts & ends at Budapest Airport, & transfers between Budapest Airport & Tiszaalpár are included in the cost.

For the next week, both of these holidays are bookable with a £100 discount on each trip, should you book before December 8th 2017, we will automatically discount the price of the longer trip to £2099, whilst the shorter trip will cost £1299 whilst the launch offer is running.

For the longer holiday – you can hold a place with a deposit of £440 – for the shorter tour, a deposit of £280 will secure your place, in both cases, the balance is due 90 days before the holiday commences

Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography

A pair of White Tailed Eagles photographed at the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday  Our location for this photographic holiday is different from standard tours to the Danube Delta! Instead of staying on a boat for the duration of this Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday, with no possibility to go out for a walk, our trip is based at a cosy & well-equipped 4 star hotel inside the nature reserve itself. This allows our group to stay in the middle of nature, without giving up on the the comfort & amenities that will make the trip comfortable! It gets better, our venue has 20 purpose built hides available for the use of all our group participants throughout the trip.

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One of the beautiful aspect of this location is that people are free to discover & explore the environs at their own pace. One electric car is available for each room & some of these electric cars are equipped for photography. It’s also possible to walk around if you feel like having a relaxing walk.

Our venue has the accolade at the moment of being the best equipped place in Europe for nature photography holidays &, of course, birdwatching.

The location for our Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday hosts an incredible number of animal & plant species. Inside the 1000 hectares of the property it is possible to see, both day & night, a large variety of species, sometimes very rare ones.

Thanks to the professional guides, fluent in various languages including English, Spanish, French, German & Italian, it will be possible to discover exciting experiences everyday.

During April, spring comes quickly, carrying several surges of migrants: White Pelicans, Glossy Ibises, Marsh Sandpipers, Little Gulls, etc. This is the best time to take pictures of ducks: Garganeys, Gadwalls, Ferruginous Ducks, Red-crested Pochards are commonly seen in front of the hides. The Black Woodpecker is digging his hole & spring clearing his nest. The riverine woodland is full of songs of Blue Tits & Common Treecreepers, while the awash steppe gathers big flocks of Spoonbills, Caspian Terns, Black-winged Stilts, Ruffs & other waders. During the humid nights the amphibians are moving to ponds: Common Spadefoots, Fire-bellied Toads & Marsh Frogs are easily seen on the paths & in the garden of the hotel.

One of the Golden Jackals photographed at the venue used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

The top 10 interesting birds to observe & photograph during our visit will include Glossy Ibis, Garganey, Ferruginous Duck, Marsh Sandpiper, Ruff, White- tailed Eagle, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Penduline Tit, Bearded Reedling.

During the day it is easy to observe Golden Jackals & Eurasian Otters, to see huge varieties of aquatic plants & rare wild orchids as well as, especially in dedicated observation points, large numbers of dragonflies & damselflies. At night, aboard the 4×4 vehicles, you will hear the endless calls of Tree Frogs & Toads, you will be able see various nocturnal insects including many moths, & with a bit of luck we might even see the Wildcat, which is quite numerous inside the property. The reserve is also home to mighty wild horses with one of only three wild populations in Europe.

Proposed Danube Wildlife Photography Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival at Bucharest Otopeni airport prior to 1pm
  • Transfer to Tulcea & then to our venue by boat
  • Visit to the estate & briefing about hides & excursions

Day 2

  • Morning photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Afternoon photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Dinner & overnight stay at our venue’s exclusive lodge

Day 3

  • Morning photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Afternoon photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Late afternoon photographic excursion to Letea wetlands & to the Steppe’s villages
  • Dinner & overnight stay at our venue’s exclusive lodge

Day 4

  • Early morning boat hide excursion (½ the group)
  • Morning photographic session at our venue (½ the group)
  • Afternoon photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Overnight stay at our venue’s exclusive lodge

Day 5

  • Morning photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Afternoon photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Night excursion (jackals, wild cat & otter)
  • Overnight stay at our venue’s exclusive lodge

Day 6

  • Early morning boat hide excursion (½ the group)
  • Morning photographic session at our venue (½ the group)
  • Afternoon photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Overnight stay at our venue’s exclusive lodge

Day 7

  • Last morning photographic session at our venue’s exclusive hides
  • Photographic excursion to Musura lagoon & the Black Sea (Pallas gull & more)
  • Return to Tulcea by boat & transfer to Bucharest
  • Along the way we will stop in an area for Suslik, Isabelline Wheatear & more
  • Overnight stay at a hotel in Bucharest

Day 8

  • Transfer to Bucharest airport

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A pair of Golden Jackals photographed at the vanue used by NaturesLens on the Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

Bearded Reedling photographed at the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

Grey Headed Woodpecker photographed at the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

A Grey Headed Woodpecker photographed at the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the many White Tailed Eagles that frequent the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

New Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

One of the many White Tailed Eagles that frequent the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

Take up the opportunity for a week of amazing wildlife photography in Romania, specifically our Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday. Our trip is based at a cosy & well-equipped 4 star hotel inside the nature reserve itself. This allows our group to stay in the middle of nature, without giving up on the the comfort & amenities that will make the trip comfortable! It gets better, our venue has 20 purpose built hides available for the use of all our group participants throughout the trip.

A pair of White Tailed Eagles photographed at the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

Species that you can observe & photograph during our visit will include Glossy Ibis, Garganey, Ferruginous Duck, Marsh Sandpiper, Ruff, White- tailed Eagle, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Penduline Tit, Bearded Reedling, Golden Jackals & Eurasian Otters.

At night, aboard the 4×4 vehicles, you will hear the endless calls of Tree Frogs & Toads, you will be able see various nocturnal insects including many moths, & with a bit of luck we might even see the Wildcat, which are quite numerous inside the property.

Details of the itinerary, including more images from this holiday may be found on our events page here. We anticipate that this holiday will be extremely popular so book now to avoid disappointment.

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One of the many White Tailed Eagles that frequent the hides used on the NaturesLens Ultimate Danube Wildlife Photography Holiday

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