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Eagle hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
There is a good chance to have the biggest and at the same time the most unpredictable European birds of pray, the White-tailed Eagle photographed from this hide. Details >>
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)Copyright © Bence Mate
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
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Eagle hide - Details


It is only the top of the hide which sticks 60 cm out from the ground.To avoid disturbing the birds, moving around the hide is restricted to darkness.This means that one has to be in the hide one hour before sunrise and the earliest time to come aout is one hour after sunset, even if there is no eagle around the hide. In the hide there is no toilet, therefore it is advised to take some kind of disposable tool in the hide. To be able to keep warm, the hide is equipped with a gas heater, which uses air from outside and has a chimney for releasing flue-gas.
The birds are mostly fed with fish, which can be put out at any chosen distance. About 10-15 meter far from the hide there is a small grassy hump for the purpose of hiding the fish and to have a homogeneous foreground.The activity of the eagles is unpredictable.Once, we can photograph them all day long despite extreme weather circumstances, another time on the contrary happens. The eagles are constantly around the area, they often sit at one place for hours, 100-300 meter away from the hide, before they finally come to feed, or fly away. They rarely move alone, as soon as the first bird arrives, the others will join in soon. After sunrise and as long as there is backlight, it is necessary to use an additional curtain behind the one-way glass. The eagles have a extremely good eyesight,therefore we have to be very catreful with moving lenses as they easily can see any glances. The curtain can be removed in the afternoon, but still any light object (eg. white lens, uncovered arm,nahd or face, mobile-phone,watch, glass or tissue-paper)need to be kept at least 80 cm away from the glass. Keeping the above mentioned rules is essencial, otherwise the eagles easily become mistrustful towards the hide. In this way, the birds can be photographed from only one meter away from the hide accross the window, which gives an unforgettable experience. When it is not frosty, the place is often visited by a number of Caspian Gulls (like 150 individual at a time)to feed. Also Hooded Crow, Magpie, and Common Buzzard are frequent visitors of the feeding site. This is our only hide, where we can not guarantee a successful photography session even when weather is predictable, the occurance of the birds is unpredictable. 70% of the cases though,we are abe to photograph the eagles within the range of 20 meters when spending 5 continuous days in the hide.

Technical data of hide:

Year of building: 2007
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 10
Number of observed birds from the hide: 31
Floorspace(?): 250x250 cm
Height: 125x145 cm
Material: wood
Recommended focal lenght: >400 mm
Orientation of photography: 1 way
Orientation of hide: according to North 85
Angle of sight: 140
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 40x200 cm
Inside temperature: at any circumstances it is heatable to the maximum temperature of 15
Clothing: upper clothes black or very dark, black gloves!
Room Availability: 3 pax
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
December-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
December-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)
December-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Hooded Crow (Corvus corone cornix)
December-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
December-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
December-February, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Magpie (Pica pica)
December-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
December-February, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate