HUNGARY BIRDS and WILDLIFE Photo Tour 2022

May 20 - 28, 2022
Kiskunság National Park, Hungary
Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

European Rollers, mating. Photo by Bence Máté, designer of the 23 blinds we’ll utilize during our photo tour.

During this “Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour ~ 2022” you will have unlimited access to 23 professionally-created photo blinds.  Yes, you read that right:  23 of them!

These photo blinds (called “hides” in Europe) – part of Hungary’s hide network – are a wildlife photographer’s dream!  They utilize the one-way glass technique pioneered by Bence Máté, creator of the nearly two dozen blinds that’ll be at our disposal.

Hungary Birds and Wildlife 2022 Photo Tour with Jeff Parker

Sousliks (European ground squirrels) are fun to photograph! Image by Bence Máté.

This photo tour takes place on private lands nestled into Kiskunság National Park.  Created in 1975, this UNESCO biosphere reserve includes nine (9) distinct units of preserved habitat.

May is prime time for spring bird migration in Hungary and we’ve scheduled your tour to take advantage of that. Over the years, 178 bird species have been documented in the gardens of the photo ranch where we stay and play.

In addition to birds, we’ll keep our eyes out for other animals native to this region, including: Eurasian otters, white-bellied hedgehogs, red fox, European hares, sousliks (European ground squirrels), European hamsters, toads and Roe deer.

Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

Tower blind at the photo ranch. Photo by Bence Máté.

The photo blinds at your disposal are uniquely located. Some are at water stations, while others are on a lakeshore, in a meadow bog, or in forested habitat. One blind is a tower, specially created to photograph Little Owls and their behavior along with other nesting birds.

Some of the ranch’s most photogenic residents — European Bee-eaters, Rollers and Eurasian Hoopoes – have eye-level blinds devoted to them.  So, too, do the quirky and fun-to-watch sousliks (ground squirrels).

Two of the hides have been perfected for night photography.  One even boasts beds, heat and wifi for your comfort while you capture images of nocturnal wildlife.

This is a scouting trip; therefore, we’ve priced it at a discount. A “scouting trip” means you’ll accompany us our first time to this location. Because of that there may be a few bumps along the way, but the low price more than makes up for it.

NOTE: Because this is a scouting trip and I have not yet photographed in Kiskunság National Park, Bence was kind enough to let us use his images to show you how awesome the wildlife photography is at the photo ranch.

Limited to eight (8) travelers – All-Inclusive (SINGLE OCCUPANCY!)  ~ TWO (2) spots left

Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour with Jeff Parker 2022

European Roller. Photo by Bence Máté.

Prossible and/or Probable Photo Subjects:

BIRDS:

    • Black Stork
    • Black Woodpecker
    • Black-headed Gull
    • Black-tailed Godwit
    • Black-winged Stilt
    • Breeding-plumaged birds
    • Common Tern
    • Coot
    • Eurasian Hoopoe
    • Eurasian Spoonbill
    • European Bee-eater
    • European Roller
    • Ferruginous Duck
    • Gadwall
    • Garganey
    • Goshawk
    • Great Cormorant
    • Great Crested Grebe
    • Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • Great White Egret
    • Grey Heron
    • Greylag Goose
    • Kestral
    • Kingfisher
    • Lapwing
    • Little Egret
    • Little Owl
Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour 2022 with Jeff Parker

Photo by Bence Máté taken at one of the blinds with a water feature.

  • Mallard
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Mediterranean Gull
  • Night Heron
  • Robin
  • Sparrow Hawk

    Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour 2022 with Jeff Parker

    Eurasian Otters photographed from night blind. Image by Bence Máté.

  • Squacco Heron
  • Turtle Dove
  • Whiskered Terns
  • White-tailed Eagle

MAMMALS

  • Eurasian Otter
  • European Hamster
  • European Hare
  • European Souslik (ground squirrel)
  • Roe Deer
  • Red Fox
  • White-bellied Hedgehog
  •  

ITINERARY

PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. The best photographic experiences and the opportunities to view wildlife remain our goal at all times.

Friday, May 20, 2022
Arrive in Budapest, capital of Hungary in the late-afternoon. Our hotel is an easy walk from the airport to our hotel — about 300 feet from Terminal 2.

Settle into your room for a little relaxation before we meet for our Welcome Dinner (tentatively set for 7:00 pm).

Sleep well in your single-occupancy room (unless traveling with another & you desire to share a room, of course).

OVERNIGHT:  Ibis Styles Budapest Airport Hotel 

Saturday, May 21, 2022
After breakfast, hop into your ground transportation and head to photography fun!  Our destination is about 1 ½ – 2 hours from the airport.  

Upon arriving, we’ll eat lunch and settle into our rooms at the photo ranch.  Then, a quick orientation and introduction to the blinds that will be at your disposal during the tour.

After a short break, head to your first photo blind of the trip and have a blast photographing to your heart’s content!

That evening over dinner, we’ll plan the next day, discussing which blinds you want to try out. Choose blinds for your morning and evening shoots (and in between, too, if you so choose). Most blinds hold three (3) photographers at a time.  Throughout the tour you will get a chance to utilize each blind at least once.

Sleep well or continue photographing from one of the two night blinds.

Bence Máté took this image of a Eurasian Hoopoe from one of the blinds he pioneered.

Sunday – Friday, May 22 – May 27, 2022
Eat a self-serve breakfast and then head to your chosen blind before the sun rises.  Lunch, nap, shoot, and savor a homemade dinner, of local recipes made from farm-to-table ingredients.

After dinner, we’ll plan the next day. Let me know which blinds you want to try out for tomorrow’s shoots (most blinds hold three [3] photographers at a time).  When choosing your shoots, don’t forget about nocturnal shoots!

Sleep well and/or continue photographing from one of the night blinds.

Saturday, May 28, 2022
After one last morning shoot, it’s time to depart for home to process the hundreds (thousands?) of images you’ve created on this journey. 

Be sure to swap contact info with your new friends before you leave.

Please schedule your flight for the afternoon (2:30 pm or later). Our estimated arrival at the airport in Budapest is between 11:00 am and noon.  Given that you want to arrive 2 ½ to 3 hours before an international departure you won’t want a flight that departs earlier than 2:30 pm

Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour 2022

European Roller with snake. Photo by Bence Máté.

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ON THIS TOUR

  • Tips for photographing from blinds (called “hides” in Europe)
  • Tips for photographing wildlife at night
  • Techniques to get images featuring tack sharp birds in flight
  • Learn bird behavior clues that can help you get action shots
  • How to master manual exposure (& when it’s better than priority exposures)
  • Keys to the best image backgrounds
  • How to create photography set-ups at blinds

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Single occupancy (Yes! — you get a room to yourself; however, you may have to share a bathroom)
  • Eight (8) nights and 7 full days + 2 partial days of photography fun
  • Meals & non-alcoholic drinks from dinner on May 20th through breakfast on May 28th
  • Ground transportation from the airport in Budapest and back
  • Use of 23 unique photo blinds (unlimited access…of course taking other photographers’ desires into consideration)
  • As many photo shoots you can squeeze into your time at the photo ranch
  • All national park permits & related fees
  • Photography guides & support in the blinds
  • Transfer to and from blinds not in walking distance
  • Extensive, full-color bound dossier designed for international travel
  • Wifi at our lodge & in some of the photo blinds
Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour 2022 with Jeff Parker

Little Owl with meal. Image used courtesy of Bence Máté

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips (your dossier will contain detailed tipping information)
  • Personal items
  • Lunch on the last day (our focus will be getting folks to the airport)

LOGISTICS, EQUIPMENT & SUCH:

GETTING THERE

Fly into Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), commonly known as Ferihegy.

This is the main international airport serving Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

The airport is located about 10 miles from Budapest city center.

ARRIVAL:
Arrive at the airport in Budapest, capital of Hungary, by 7:00 pm on May 20th.  Our Welcome Dinner is tentatively set for 7:00 pm.

Budapest is quite an interesting city.  You may want to arrive a couple of days early so you can explore it.  (We’ll include some suggestions in your extensive, full-color dossier.)

If you do, keep in mind that it is 10 miles from the airport.  Therefore, you probably don’t want to lodge in the same hotel where we stay our first night because the Ibis Styles is located is at the airport.

VISA:

Hungary does not require a visa for U.S. and Canadian citizens who are visiting the country for less than ninety (90) days.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Of the 23 blinds, 11 of them are at the photo ranch where we stay and within easy walking distance. That said, while the terrain is mostly flat, paths are dirt and may be muddy or uneven, especially if there’s been a recent rain.

Access to the remaining 12 blinds is by vehicle (transportation to and from them is provided).

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT:

The best focal length lens to bring is a zoom between 200-500 mm lens (100-400, 150-600, etc).  You won’t need a landscape lens on this tour.

Note, this EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST contains suggested gear to bring. You don’t have to bring everything on here. These are just suggestions. If you have ANY questions about what to bring please do not hesitate to contact me.

MEALS:

As is the norm on photo tours, plan to rise before the sun to assure that you’re in the blind in time to catch morning’s sweetest light. Because of this, breakfast is self-serve. You’ll find the kitchen stocked with a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, butter, jam, eggs, yogurt, milk, juice, etc. And, of course there will be coffee!

Hungary Birds & Wildlife Photo Tour 2022 with Jeff Parker

One of the 23 awesome photo blinds you’ll have access to during this Hungary photo tour. Photo by Bence Máté.

You will be served a hot meal for lunch and dinner. These meals feature regional recipes and are made from fresh farm-to-table ingredients. Be sure to let us know of any dietary needs on your Traveler Information Sheet (we’ll give you that to fill out about 60 days before your tour begins).

LODGING:

We spend the first night of the tour (May 20th) at Ibis Styles Budapest Airport Hotel. It’s a short walk from Terminal 2’s baggage claim to the hotel (about 300 feet).

Unless you want to share with someone, you’ll have your own room on this tour; however, during our time at the photo ranch you may have to share a bathroom with another photographer of the same gender. All rooms are within easy walking distance of 11 of the 23 photo blinds.

GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:

  • DURATION: Eight (8) nights and 7 full days + 2 partial days of photography fun
  • DATE: Sunday evening, May 20 through Saturday morning, May 28, 2022
  • PRICE: $4375 ~ all-inclusive (single-occupancy)
  • SPACE FOR: Eight (8) photographers   ~ TWO (2) spots left
  • DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $500
  • PAYMENT DUE DATES: Six (6) months from departure date – half the tour amount minus your deposit; the remaining amount (the other half of your tour price) is due 60 days before departure

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Hungary Birds and Wildlife Photo Tour 2022 with Jeff Parker

White-tailed Eagle with morning mist. By Bence Máté.

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