Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Destinations: Hortobagy National Park - Hungary

The Hortobagy is a flat region of grasslands, marshes and farmland dotted with large man-made fish-farms in the east of Hungary. This is above all a great birding area with species such as Pygmy Cormorant, Great Bustard, Saker, Red-footed Falcon and Aquatic Warbler breeding. On migration there over 100,000 Common Cranes, 100s of Dotterel and some Lesser White-fronted and Red-breasted Geese. Road 33, from Tiszafured to Debrecen, cuts right through the park and there is a visitor centre by the road in Hortobagy village. With the possible exception of the depths of cold winters the Hortobagy is worth a visit at any time of year.

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