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Great Crane migration, Hungary

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Hortobagy National Park, located in the Hungarian Pusta, is a place known for the largest autumn gatherings of cranes in the world. The number of cranes living in this area can reach up to 150,000 individuals at a time! The morning departure of birds to feeding grounds or the evening return to roosting sites (mainly at fish ponds) are unique natural spectacles. During the trip, we will mainly use comfortable, permanent hides near the cranes' roosting places and also hides near bathing places. Both will be equipped with mirror glass. We will also photograph arrivals and departures of cranes from their roosting sites without hiding. The success of the trip is very much dependent on natural and weather conditions. Back-up topics will include: feeding cranes in fields (stalking), birds at watering pools, bearded tits and long-eared owls.


Possible bird species:

crane, white egret, grey heron, greylag goose, white fronted goose, white tailed eagle, gulls, bearded tit, long eared owl

Day 1 – flights, check-in, dinner

Days: 2, 3, 4, 5 - photographic activities

Day 6 - breakfast, check-out, flights


Itinerary of a photo day:

5.00-8.30 - hide at crane roosting place

8.00-8.30 - breakfast plus packed lunch

9.00-16.30 - hides at crane drinking pools or stalking photography (depending on conditions)

16.30-18.00 - mass arrival of cranes to the roosting place (no hide)

19.00 - dinner

1800€ (540€ deposit)


payment details:

  • deposit of 540€ after signing up for the trip
  • balance of 1260 € - 30 days before the first day of the trip



  • guiding (Polish and Hungarian guides)
  • hide usage
  • local transfers in Hungary
  • accommodation in twin/double rooms
  • all meals
  • basic travel insurance

Included in the price:

  • flight tickets
  • optional activities
  • alcoholic drinks
  • single room supplement: 125 Euro/person/trip

Not included in the price:

3-8 October 2024

Available dates

Hortobagy National Park, Hungary


04 October 2024

Cranes at roosting and feeding places

Main topic

min 4, max 5

Number of participants

Tour leader/Guide

Marek Kosiński

guesthouse in the Hortobagy National Park


breakfast, packed lunch, dinner


  • lenses 200-600mm
  • tripod
  • groundpod or beanbag for low perspective photography
  • trekking boots
  • warm clothes
  • head torch
  • thermos flask

Recommended equipment

airport and local transfers included