Hortobágy photoreport 2011

Famous nine-arch bridge in village Hortobágy is the longest stone bridge in Hungary. It is build over the swampy river Hortobágy and it is 170 meters long.

Informačné centrum NP Hortobágy 2

Hortobágy National Park Visitor Centre hides information materials about national park, short exhibition about the life at puszta, lecture rooms and souvenir shop.

Znak NP Hortobágy

Common Crane (Grus grus) – the main aim of our voyage – is also in the logo of national park.

Večerné pozorovanie žeriavov

Our first observation -

- and our first cranes.

Ubytovanie

Our temporary home in small town of Tiszafured.

Ranné pozorovanie žeriavov

We continue in the morning.

And cranes did not fail.

On Saturday morning there was a cattle fair near the Hortobágy village.

The size of Hungarian Grey Cattle evokes respect.

Herdsmen showing the cattle dressed in traditional costumes.

Mangalice

One of typical animals of pusta – hairy pigs mangalitsa.

Biely osol

White donkeys – breed known from our southern neighbors.

Hortobágy_Andrej BánWe mowed to the furthermost observation point at the Hortobágy Great Fishponds Halastó in a narrow gauge railway.

Pozorovateľňa na rybníkoch Halastó

Observation cottage at fishpond Kondás, the biggest one at fishpond system Halastó.

Fishponds are a perfect place for waterbird – from herons, geese and ducks to waders, birds of prey and song birds.

Numerous watchtowers and cottages are in national park Hortobágy a matter of course.

Scene from African savanna? No, water buffaloes are one of the animals bred at pusta for decades.

Halászlé

After a hard day we deserve proper lunch. And a traditional fishsoup halászlé simply has to be a part of it.

Somloi halušky ako majú byť

And dessert – somloi galuska, such you can taste only here.

Cranes – adults and juveniles.

A farewell to pusta -

Letiace žeriavy

- and cranes.

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