Crane photography during migration


Autumn in Hungary is one of thé ultimate settings for unique bird photography. Countless hard to approach species can be photographed up-close from your hide in Hortobagy National Park. Unique in Europe!


Tour dates

3 to 9 October 2022


Group Size

Min 5 – max 6 people



Easy to moderate, comfortable



2195 euro


03/10: Flight from Brussel/ Amsterdam to Hungary

04/10 – 08/10: We explore Hortobagy and its surroundings. Cranes are our target species, but spectacular other birds can also be caught on camera such as the Eurasian dotterel

09/10: Return flight Hungary to Brussels/ Amsterdam

Looking for migratory birds

When birds are on their annual migration to the south,  they land in Hortobagy, a famous migration stopover site.   We aim for open plains, water and brushes. Prepare for some intimate photography sessions with cranes, stilts, waterfowl and even singing birds!

Countless extensively managed grazing lands and hedges are full of life: pipits, buntings and several species of woodpeckers are just some birds on our photography menu. Get ready for many surprises!

Unique: hides for cranes

To obtain a very close and intimate point of view of the cranes, we use flexible hides. The cranes usually don’t mind these ‘camouflaged bumps’ in the landscape, allowing us to come close without being bothered.

Hide photography is one of the most exciting ways to photograph birds. You can fully unleash your creativity, choosing your own light, distance, background, … all in your own hide.

If this is new for you, count on an extensive initiation. Get ready for one of the greatest experiences you can have behind your lens!

Great conditions

We get up very early each day and return late, so we can use the best light available. Time flies by with all the bird activity in front of our hides, so prepare for long days and full memory cards. It’s still fairly warm this time of year but can be quite cold in the morning, so bring warm clothes as well. We’ll provide you with a list of all the necessary materials.

Accomodation and transport

We remain as flexible as possible during this trip, responding to the opportunities presented by the bird migration, water levels and weather. We have a network of very decent hotels and restaurants close to every photography location. Where to sleep and eat is often decided only a day in advance.

Transport is arranged by minibus, so we can get close with camera’s, lenses and hides without carrying all our material around.

International flights are not included in the price. We’ll inform you about the best flights available; prices are around 250 to 400 euro per person.




All drinking water, excursions and entrance tickets to parks, meals, overnight stays, local transport, professional photography guidance, local guides, access to flexible hides, insurance guarantee fund.



International flights and airport taxes, alcoholic beverages and sodas, gratuities, personal expenses, cancellation insurance, travel insurance. 



They joined me on my last phototour and it was lots of fun ! Thank you to them for their trust.
  • I certainly recommend a trip with Yves. He’s not only an excellent photographer but also an excellent tour guide. He’s very social, speaks a lot of languages and is very pragmatic and hands-on. He takes care of his people during the entire trip.
    Carl Verstraelen, Belgium
  • I undertook no less than 16 (!) photo trips with this guy, starting in 2012. Why? All I can say is that I have a lot of beautiful images. Yves provides all the right photo opportunities and my skills have increased considerably. Everything I expect from a trip as a photographer is there. Just see for yourself and book a trip, you won’t regret it!
    Julien Herremans, Belgium
  • Yves knows a lot about Svalbard! He is very helpful, has expertise of photography and equipment, loves a good joke and is a very kind person.
    Alex Boel, Belgium
  • I met Yves in Norway. His humor and optimism was infectious! He gives the best of himself and brings out the best in you as a photographer. Travelers get lots of space to do their thing!
    Regi Popelier, Belgium
  • Yves has lots of patience with his group and plenty of knowledge about wildlife and landscape photography.
    Wim De Baets, Belgium
  • We join Yves every year since we first met him! His social skills, his knowledge of the environment he explores, his possibility to adapt to changing situations and the fact that he will never put his team in danger: trips with Yves are smooth and hassle-free!
    Bert Van Der Krieken & Kristien Van Acker, Belgium
  • We always delight in traveling with Yves. He does his best to satisfy the travelers every single time and is very responsible for the group. The trips are always perfect!
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