Hortobágy National Park

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Hortobágy National Park photograph
Hortobágy National Park

Hortobágy National Park

Hortobágy is Hungary's largest protected area, and the largest semi-natural grassland in Europe.Designated a national park in 1973 and a World Heritage Site in 1999.Hortobágy is a steppe, a grassy plain with Hungarian Grey cattle, racka, water buffalo, and horses tended by herdsmen. It provides habitat for various species including 342 species of birds. Red-footed falcon, Stone curlew, Great bustard pictured, Montagu's Harrier and Tawny Pipit are represented by breeding populations. The area is an important stopover site for migrating common cranes, dotterels, and Lesser white-fronted geese.
Traditional T-shaped sweep wells dot the landscape, and Great Bustard can be best observed early morning as they parade through the short grasses, with Collared Pratincoles and European Roller in attendance.

Hortobágy Great fish pond

Hortobágy Great fish pond

The Hortobágy Great fish pond is overlooked by several hides all requiring an entrance card permit which allows full access to the 3 nature trails (Hortobagy Great-Fishponds Trail, Szálkahalom Nature Trail, Egyek-Pusztakócs Nature Trail). The area can be visited on foot, by bicycle or by narrow-gauge train.The Hortobágy Marshes are one of Europe's must see sites with sought after species such as Aquatic and Moustached warbler pictured amongst every European heron species, Glossy Ibis, Pygmy Cormorant, all three 'marsh terns' ,Great Bittern, Penduline and Bearded Tit, Bluethroat, Ferruginous Duck and Caspian Gull.

Hortobágy photograph

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