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Bence's Farm Pusztaszer, HungaryBook now
Our farm was built in the Kiskunsgi National Park, where the steppe, forest and water habitat meet. Athough the nearest township is about 7 km away, the guesthouse is supplied with power and internet. The farm has 14 established hides - 10 are located within the radius of 2 kilometers from the farm. In the main season we guarantee 30 different species to be photographed within six days, as long as the circumstances are ideal. We can offer a variety of unique bird species to photograph like Roller, Golden Oriole, European Bee-eater, Cuckoo, Spoonbill, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, White-tailed Eagle, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Hawfinch and more.
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Small Shore Hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
The hide is located by the reedbed, and approachable at any time of the day without disturbing the birds. It is mainly suitable for photographing waterbirds, especially herons. Thanks to the island built in front of the hide as well as the huge one-way glass, we can easily take excellent images of the birds from a close distance. Details >>
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)Copyright © Bence Mate
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)Copyright © Bence Mate
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)Copyright © Bence Mate
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)Copyright © Bence Mate
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)Copyright © Bence Mate
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (27) >>

Small Shore Hide - Details


The hide is 5 km away from the farm-house by car. After reaching the reedbed by car, there is a 400 meter walk (with a 250 meter hike through the reeds). The water level in the reeds can be up to 40 cm, therefore we provide high-wellington boots for our guests. On the last 50 meters it is important to be very quiet not to scare the resting birds away. The hide inside is clean, it has thick mattresses for laying down. Many shelves are available for putting the equipment away when not in use. The hide is made of two separate parts, the base is movable according to the level of the water, in this way the birds can be photographed from the lowest level to the water. The most practical way to photograph is from hand or on beanbag, as the tripod restricts the mobility.In front of the hide there is an island with a 30 m2 water surface. In order to attract more birds we often put fish in the pond.For clothing, we strongly advise to dress all in black (including socks)as the birds can easily notice any glosses. The sun rises in front(on the right)and sets behind the hide (on the left side). The hide is supplied with can-food and suitable for overnight sleeping.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: 2005
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 85
Number of observed birds from the hide: 140
Floor space: 230x230 cm
Height: 140-170 cm according to water level
Material: wood
Orientation of hide: 1 way, according to North 40
Angle of sight: 170
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 210x110 cm
Inside temperature: 10-30C
Clothing: all dark including socks
Room Availability: 3 pax
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Mallard (Anas platyrchynchos)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Garganey (Anas querquedula)
April-June, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Pochard (Aythya ferina)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Ferrugineous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
May-July, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Curlew (Numenius arquata)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)
April-June, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Magpie (Pica pica)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Roller Hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
We offer three hides for photographing this beautiful, highly protected bird. Since 2006, three pairs of rollers are nesting every year in the nestboxes we put out for them. Their stirring life can be photographed for two continuous months, just as they occupy the nestboxes, breed and raise their youngs. Details >>
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (5) >>

Roller Hide - Details


The hides are 20-300 and 600 meter away from the farm and all of them approachable by car. The rollers are back from Africa sometimes around the end of April and immediately start looking for appropriate nesting site. They spend most of their time around the occupied nest box, defending it from other rivals. The ideal nest box is at 3 meter height, and in order to have a good background all the hides were built on the top of an embankment above the boxes. Rollers can be very aggressive when it comes to possessing the nest boxes, they can often be seen in bloody aerial fight. The copulation happens between the 8th and 20th of May depending on weather circumstances. They mate 4-5 times a day, once at least in front of the hide on the branch. However, they regularly visit the nest box and rest on the tree branch which is in front of the box. The male goes hunting and feeds the female about every 20 minutes with arthropods, rodents, snakes, lizards and frogs of all kind. The distance between the hides and branches can be varied from 4-15 meters, but usually it is set for 7-8 meters. Photographing from the hides is from a sitting position, we provide foldable chairs for our guests. The birds are most active in the early hours when it is their mating period. After the famale layed her last egg (around the 20th of May), she and the male sits on the eggs in turns. The incubation lasts for about 20-22 days. This is a quiet period of time in terms of photography, to be able to capture a good shot it probably needs more time than usual. The youngs hatch around the 10th of June and from that on life is stirring again.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: all are set up in mid-April and removed at mid-July
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 6
Number of observed birds from the hide: 42
Floor space: 250x125 cm
Height: 125 cm
Material: wood
Orientation of hide: 1 way
Angle of sight: 170
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 200x40 cm
Inside temperature: 10-30C, in case of sunshine after 10 AM >30
Clothing: all dark including socks
Room Availability: 3 pax
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)
May-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Csaba Godeny
Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)
May-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Tower Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
The Tower in the backyard of the farm-house gives an excellent opportunity to photograph rare bird species such as Cuckoo, Golden Oriole, Kestrel and Roller. Details >>
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Species list (12) >>

Tower - Details


The tower is located where the steppe, forest and water habitat cross each other. It is surrounded by some Locust trees, and the birds often rest on the top of them. Since 2007, a pair of kestrels have been nesting in one of the nest boxes which where put out around the Tower, as well as 6-8 pairs of starlings. From mid-April the kestrels stay around the backyard of the farmhouse, thus their everyday life can be photographed at close range. The Tower belongs to the territory of some Rollers, they can often be seen on the top of the branches in front of the hide, also Cuckoos, Golden Orioles and 2-4 pairs of Bee-eaters, which nest in the backyard of the farmhouse. The main photography direction is south, the birds can be photographed at dawn in side-light, than back-light and front-light in the afternoon.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: 2006
Number of birds photographed from the hide: 10
Number of birds observed from the hide: 146
Floor space: 180x360 cm
Height of top of Tower: 11,5 m
Height of bottom of Tower: 9,2 m
Internal height: 230 m
Material: wood
Distance between hide and branch: 2-20 m
Recommended focal lenght: >400 mm
Photography direction: 3 directions
Orientation: according to North 45, 135, 305
Angle of sight: 340
Photography angle: 270
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 4 pieces of 100x160 cm
Inside temperature: 10-30C, in case of sunshine it can be 30 after 10 AM
Clothing: dark upper clothes
Room Availability: 4 pax
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
April-June, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
April-May, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Roller (Coracias garrulus)
May-June, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
May-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
May-June, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Magpie (Pica pica)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
April-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
April-July, Weekly
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Drinking stations Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
The drinking stations are the most preferred photography spots of our guests. They have numerous species and action, giving an unforgettable photography experience. At springtime, more than 300 individuals of 15 different species can visit these pools to drink and bath on a single afternoon. Details >>
Sparrohawk (Accipiter nisus)Copyright © Bence Mate
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)Copyright © Bence Mate
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)Copyright © Bence Mate
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)Copyright © Bence Mate
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)Copyright © Bence Mate
Blackbird (Turdus merula)Copyright © Bence Mate
Jay (Garrulus glandarius)Copyright © Bence Mate
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)Copyright © Bence Mate
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (53) >>

Drinking stations - Details


There are six different drinking stations where the forest birds can be photographed from. The hides are partly under the ground, this way we can photograph comfortably from a horizontal level, sitting on a bench. The water reaches the edge of the hide, it gives a full reflection of the birds to be photographed. The activity of the birds extremly inconstant. The birds the most active when it is mating season, from April till June. Often seen the birds landing more than 500 times to drink at the pool on one single afternoon. The short activity period is weather dependent. The movement is less when it is rainy, windy or very hot. The hides are available any time of the day.

Technical data of the hide:

Year of building: 2004-2008
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 49
Number of observed birds from the hide: 72
Floor space: 250x130 cm
Height: 150 cm
Bench hight: 50 cm
Water volume: 500 l, 1300 l, 1500 l, 1700 l and 3000 l
Water depth: 20 cm
Distance between hide and end of pool(bathing spot): 2, 3, 4, 5 s 6 m
Recommended focal lenght: 400-600 mm
Material: wood
Orientation of photography: 1 way
Orientation of hides: 5 hides frontlight (according to North 45-145), 1 hide backlight (acc. to North 265)
Angle of sight: 160
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 200x40 cm
Inside temperature: 15-25C (june-july maximum of 30C)
Clothing: upper clothes dark
Room Availability: 3 pax
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Sparrohawk (Accipiter nisus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Honey-buzzard (Pernis apivorus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ocropus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Adam Horvath
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
April-July, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Adam Horvath
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Daroczi
Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Bence Mate
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Daroczi
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus)
April-April, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Csaba Daroczi
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
April-April, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
April-April, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
April-July, Weekly
Copyright © Bence Mate
Nightingale (Luscinia megarchynhos)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
April-July, Unpredictable
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Coal Tit (Parus ater)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Agnes Kiss
Great Tit (Parus major)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
April-July, Weekly
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
May-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
May-June, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
April-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)
April-July, Rare
Copyright © Erlend Haarberg
Big Shore Hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
This hide is located next to one of Central-Europe's biggest heron colony, and 70 meter from Hungary's biggest Mediterranean Gull colony. Most of the heron-and egret species can be photographed well from this hide. Details >>
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)Copyright © Bence Mate
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (26) >>

Big Shore Hide - Details


Athough the hide is 2 km away from the farm, because of the lakes in between, we can only approach it with a 15 km drive and 1,5 km walk. The last 60 meters lead through a tunnel made out of reed, which hides us from the birds. This particular hide is suitable for taking flight shots. Both from sitting and standing position, the movements can be followed by the camera. For moving around, we recommend to use stabilization and autofocus and photograph from hand. 70 meters from the hide there is an island where 120 pairs of Mediterranean Gull and 800 pairs of Black-headed Gull are nesting every year. Most of the 120 hectar lake is reedy, which gives home to 800 pairs of herons and egrets.

Technical data of hide:

Year of building: 2003
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 32
Number of observed birds from the hide: 97
Floor space: octagonal,with 6 m diameter
Height: 3,2 m
Material: wood
Recommended focal lenght: >400 mm
Orientation of photography: 6 directions, 18 windows
Orientation of hide: according to North 10 -310,
Angle of sight: 300
Photography angle: 300
Photography surface: none
Size of windows: 20x70 cm
Vertical size of windows: 70 cm,160 cm
Height of windows from waterlevel: 2-3 m
Inside temperature: 10-30C, in case of sunshine after 10 AM >30C
Clothing: dark, brown-green
Room Availability: 6 pax
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
April-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Pochard (Aythya ferina)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Ferrugineous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
April-July, Weekly
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
April-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
May-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)
April-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
Coot (Fulica atra)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)
May-June, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
April-July, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
April-July, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
April-July, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
June-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
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
Species list (8) >>

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)
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White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
December-February, Weekly (a few times)
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Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans)
December-February, Daily (many times)
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Hooded Crow (Corvus corone cornix)
December-February, Daily (a few times)
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Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
December-February, Weekly (a few times)
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Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
December-February, Weekly
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Magpie (Pica pica)
December-February, Daily (a few times)
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Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
December-February, Rare
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European Bee-eater mobile-hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
The most colourful European bird, the European Bee-eater can easily be photographed from our mobile hides. Since 2006, 2-4 pairs of these birds nest around the farm. Details >>
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European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Bence Mate
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European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
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European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)Copyright © Markus Varesvuo
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European Bee-eater mobile-hide - Details


The European Bee-eaters arrive between the 10th and 15th of May to our garden. As soon as they get here, they start occupying the sandholes and dig their nest till the beginning of June. Meanwhile,they keep mating until the last egg is layed. The birds spend an enormous time in front of the hole on the placed branche. The male continuously out for hunting and offers food to the female,such as bees,wasps,butterflies and dragonflies. The distance between the hide and perch can freely be adjusted. At the beginning of June the female starts laying the eggs, one by one every 1-2-and 3 days (altogether 6-7)and starts sitting on them before it is completed, accordingly the babies differ in growth and fly out at other times. The incubation time is 20-22 days, during this time they sit only once in a while on the branches. The youngs are fully fledged around the 20th of July. Both parents participates in feeding the babies.

Technical data of hide:

Year of building: 2006
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 3
Floorspace(?): 150x150 cm
Height: 120-150 cm
Material: waterproof canvas
Recommended focal lenght: all
Orientation of photography: all
Orientation of hide: according to North 85
Angle of sight: 360
Photography angle: 360
Photography surface: none
Inside temperature: 20-35C
Clothing: any
Room Availability: 4 pax

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
May-July, Daily (many times)
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Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
May-July, Daily (a few times)
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Buzzard hide Bence's Farm, Pusztaszer, Hungary Book now
There is a comfortable and heatable hiding place By the farm-house for photographing Common Buzzards as they fight for the carcasses that placed in front of the hide. Details >>
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
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Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Zsolt Kudich
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Buzzard hide - Details


According to the weather we feed the Buzzards between November and February. It works well only when the temperature is below 5C. 10-15 Buzzards all at once come to feed daily, when the land is covered with snow and the temperature is below zero. Some of the birds often spend at least half an hour with feeding and don't tolerate the presents of each other. The most hectic time is the afternoon, when the birds spend more time with fighting and defending the meet than with feeding. The hide is placed under the ground, and approachable from the back without disturbing the birds. The distance between the meet and hide can be varied up to 8 meters. The usual distance is 25 meter for the food, which is good for photographing action with a 500 mm lens in full-frame. The meet is unvisible as it is placed in a hole. We only can guarantee successful session, if the temperature keeps under 0C during the day.

Technical data of hide:

Year of building: 2006
Number of photographed birds from the hide: 6
Floorspace(?): 130x250 cm
Height of bench: 50 cm
Height: 150 cm
Material: wood
Recommended focal lenght: >400 mm
Orientation of photography: 1 way
Orientation of hide: according to North 315
Angle of sight: 100
Photography angle: 90
Photography surface via: one-way glass, loosing 1 1/3 aperture
Size of glass: 200x40 cm
Inside temperature: at any weather circumstances it is heatable up to 15°C
Heating body: 2200 W electrical heating system
Electricity: yes
Clothing: upper clothes dark
Room Availability: 3 pax
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
December-February, Weekly (a few times)
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Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
December-February, Rare
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Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
December-February, Daily (many times)
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Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
December-February, Rare
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White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
December-February, Rare
Copyright © Laszlo Berta
Magpie (Pica pica)
December-February, Daily (a few times)
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