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Join wildlife photographer Mike Read on this spring bird photography tour to Kiskunság National Park in Hungary.

The hides we use are located in scenic and bird-rich areas and are set up by cleverly-designed drinking stations at the forest edge, others by marshes or beside the shallow water of alkaline lakes. The hides offer truly unparalleled views and provide tremendous possibilities for close-up bird photography, where each day may bring something entirely new and unexpected! 

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Budapest and transfer to Tiszaalpar

    We fly from London to Budapest, where we meet our local guide and drive 125 kilometres south-east to the village of Tiszaalpar, located just a few minutes from the hides.

    Accommodation: Oriole Eco Lodge, 6-nights

  2. Days 2-6 : Kiskunsag National Park

    Our usual daily routine is to head out into Kiskunsag National Park before sunrise (taking a picnic breakfast with us) so that we are in the hides for the best activity and light as the sun comes up.  After three or four hours in the hides we take a leisurely drive back towards Tiszaalpar keeping our eyes open for photographic opportunities as we go.  Back at base we have a generous brunch and can then either rest, view the results of our mornings work or wander locally seeking out more images.  Later we will head out for an afternoon session in drinking pool hides or in a strategically placed mobile hide.  We then return to Tiszaalpar for an evening meal before heading to our rooms.

  3. Day 7: Drive back to Budapest and fly back to the UK

    We may have a little time for some local photography before we drive back to Budapest to catch our flight back to London. 

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 7 days from £1,845 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 7 days from £1,645 pp
  • Single supplement: From £150
  • Group size: 8
  • Departures:
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 6 nights at Oriole Ecolodge
    • Most meals
    • Transfers
    • Photography tuition from Mike Read
  • Activities available:
    • Birdwatching
    • Photography

Expert leader

Mike Read

Photo of Mike Read

Mike is a man of many talents: an experienced tour leader, an author and, as he is probably best known, a superb wildlife photographer.

He has a number of books to his name including ‘The Barn Owl’, ‘Red Kite Country’ and ‘The New Forest National Park’. Mike’s friendly and easy-going style of leadership and his abilities as an all round naturalist add immensely to the tours he leads in Europe and elsewhere.

Featured location:

Kiskunság National Park

Covering an area of 570 square kilometres, Kiskunság National Park is a mosaic of plains, lakes and marshes dotted between the Tisza and Danube Rivers, which are home to a rich diversity of birdlife. Highlights include great bustard, red-footed falcon, golden oriole and European roller.

  • Where: Bács-Kiskun
  • Ideal for viewing: great bustard, squacco heron, red-footed falcon, hawfinch, ferruginous duck
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Birdwatching
Featured accommodation:

Oriole Ecolodge

Situated on the edge of the Kiskunság National Park in the small village of Tiszaalpár, Oriole Ecolodge is a renovated country house which has seven en suite rooms. With 15 hides in the nearby area, the lodge is an excellent base for bird photography, and even has a kingfisher hide in the garden.