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White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
White-tailed Eagle White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

Family: hawks and eagles (Accipitridae)


White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
December-February, Weekly (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
April-July, Daily
Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
December-February, Rare
Copyright © Laszlo Berta




We have photographed this species from the following 3 hide(s). In the hide's species list, you can see how frequently and when you can photograph this species.
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)
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
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
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
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Zsolt Kudich
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)Copyright © Bence Mate
Species list (6) >>

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)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
December-February, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
December-February, Daily (many times)
Copyright © Bence Mate
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
December-February, Rare
Copyright © Bence Mate
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
December-February, Rare
Copyright © Laszlo Berta
Magpie (Pica pica)
December-February, Daily (a few times)
Copyright © Bence Mate