This is my photo album from the two Hungary Bee-eater Bonanza workshops in June 2016.
Last year I just made one workshop for nine days, but this year I switched to seven days as I felt that should be enough to get the pictures my clients want.
The result from the Hungary Bee-eater Bonanza in 2015 and 2016 was more or less the same. 2015 was a hard year for the birds on the Puzsta. The winter was too wet and the summer too hot. Still we managed to get what wanted due to our guides hard work and his huge network of friends.
2016 was different as the European Roller arrived late and we happened to be there just between the first and second batch of young Hoopoe. We had high hope for the Hoopoe, but sadly the nest we thought should become active got raided by a predator of some sort just days prior of the first trip.
Both groups got to see all the Hungarian colorful five and came home with pictures of four. The Common Kingfisher is as usual the hard one, but we at least saw it during the boat trip at Lake Tisza.
Lake Tisza one of the highlights
The lake is one of the highlights during my Hungary Bee-eater Bonanza. It is hard to explain why, but to be able to sit in a boat taking photos of the bird life that you find and approach is a great feeling. I know many people whom travel to Hungary to more or less just sit in hides for a week. That is not what I want to give my clients. Therefore, Lake Tisza is a revelation if you ask me and it gives you so much more. Just the pleasure to stay at the Whiskered Tern colony and watch everyday life is for me worth the trip.
I also enjoy the possibility to do afternoon safaris with a car. It can deliver nice opportunities to get really good pictures of both birds and mammals. They are weather depended as the road easily become slippery with wet mud making some areas impossible to travel to. Some of the picture I like the most from this year was actually taken during an afternoon safari.
Hungary Bee-eater Bonanza 2017
I have just planned one trip to Hungary next summer. You will find more info about that trip if you look under my workshops. I will start and promote it soon and I think it will fill up quickly as I only take three clients.
Lake Kerkini is a good place to learn to know the charismatic Dalmatian Pelican. This colorful bird in breeding plumage is why I chose to go back to the lake over and over. They are real characters and hopefully you might get the opportunity to get to know some of them really closely if you join me there next year.
Kafue National Park 2017
Kafue National Park is one of the biggest protected wildlife areas in Africa. It is a National Park with a great diversity and one I really liked. I would like to explore more of this huge park in the future.
Mana Pools National Park 2017
Mana Pools wildlife greeted us in September 2017. We had many memorable encounters with some of the iconic animals you find inside this lovely National Park in northern Zimbabwe.
The Zambezi River 2017
The Zambezi is one of the finest and least spoiled rivers in the world. The basin has some of Africa's finest national parks, and many valuable species, ecosystems and wilderness areas survive outside these parks as well.