Hortobágy photoreport 2012


During first october weekend we visited Hortobágy National Park in Hungary.

In front of the national park information centre.

On the eastern edge of Hortobágy village man can find famous nine-arch bridge. It is the longest stone bridge in Hungary.

Tree Sparrows were relaxing on a typical reed roof.

According to the information from our local guide we visited fields close to the village. We observed there first flocks of Common Cranes.

Cranes were feeding in the field.

We observed several hundreds of Common Cranes (Grus grus).

Cranes in flight.

Some of us decided to take a walk before breakfast. We observed flyng flocks of geese and cranes in the sunrise.

Birdwatchers during early morning walk.

After breakfast we visited local ringing station.

All the caught birds are measured, weighed and ringed by scientists.

Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) was one of the ringed birds.

Flock of more than thousand Stock Doves (Columba oenas) flyed overhead.

Area close to the ringing station.

Walk in puszta.

Traditional well – typical for this region.

We had lunch at local road inn.

Traditional dessert – Somlói galuska.

After lunch we visited Halastó fishpond system. We took a ride on local narrow-gauged railway.

Smaller group decided to take a walk around fishponds. The rest of us continued to the endstation near Kondás fishpond.

Sight from a watching tower.

Fishponds are home for plenty of birds and important stop for migrating bird species.

Waterbirds in shallow water of Kondás fishpond.

Waiting for cranes.

Sunset over watching tower.

Annual auction of Hungarian longhorned grey cattle. Herdsmen in traditional dress.

Young bulls.

Herdsmen are watching the auction.

Tour group photo before our departure.

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