Hortobagy sea eagles silhouetted at dusk
Hortobagy juvenile sea eagle coming into land
Hortobagy sea eagle alighting on tree
Hortobagy sea eagle landing on snow at last light
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Hortobagy sea eagle in flight over snow
Hortobagy juvenile sea eagle landing on snow
Hortobagy sea eagle alighting on branch
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Hortobagy sea eagle at dawn2
Hortobagy sea eagle landing on snow 2
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Hortobagy sea eagle on snow

Location: Hortobágy National Park / Hungary
Duration: 3 nights / 4 days
Group Size: Max 6
Level of fitness required: Easy

Join Tatra Photography in the legendary Hortobágy National Park photographing the iconic White Tailed Sea Eagle. In this region up to 200 White-tailed Eagles are wintering which regularly visit the specially designed photography hides. We will spend three full days in the bird photography hides with our main focus on the White-tailed Eagle, Common Buzzard & Rough-legged Buzzard, other species of bird you will also have the opportunity to photograph are Goshawk, Great White Egret, Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hooded Crow, Rook, Magpie, Nuthatch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Jay, Sparrowhawk & Hen Harrier.

Over the course of four days you will enjoy unique opportunities to capture spectacular images of Raptors, Owls and numerous more species in one of Europe’s top wildlife national parks.  Guidance and tuition on how to get the best from each situation will be available throughout the workshop from our professional photographer Ben Hall so we’ll ensure you return home with images you’ll be proud of.


The hides will be entered before daylight around 06:30 and can only be left after dusk approx. 17:00.  The eagles are very shy and once disturbed they can abandon the feeding station for days. Smoking is strictly forbidden in the hide because of the heating system. The use of the curtain in the morning is useful when direct sunlight hits the window.

The hides are 260 cm wide, 250 cm long and 175 cm high. The size of the photo-through window is 210 cm by 40 cm. Most of the hide is low in the ground with only 50cm emerging above the surface so it blends perfectly into the flat treeless landscape.

The hide has three chairs with back support,  Curtains, Gas operated heating system to ensure a temperature of 15°C when it is -10°C outside. Shelves & ventilators to ensure the windows don’t steam up and a portable toilet.

Recommended equipment

The distance of the eagles from the hide will be regulated by placing out fish. The eagles are shy but they usually come within 10-25 metres of the hides. This photography tour offers you very diverse photographing opportunities so we would recommend that you bring along lenses from wide angle & 70-200mm for close up shots and 300mm-500mm with extenders for the birds in flight.

Your tutor for this workshop is Ben Hall. Ben is one of Britain’s foremost wildlife photographers. His personal approach to nature photography lies in the creative art of ‘seeing’. His aim is to use his pictures to communicate his personal vision, to generate an emotional response and to excite the viewer’s aesthetic sensitivity. He is described by “Living Edge” magazine as ‘a passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionist’s eye for detail’. Ben’s work is represented by Getty images, RSPB Images and Naturepl and is sold worldwide.
Ben specialises in bird and mammal photography and has won numerous international awards including category wins in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and the Windland Smith Rice International Awards. In 2009 he was named ‘Geographical’ Photographer of the Year. He is a regular contributor to clients as diverse as BBC Wildlife, PhotoPlus magazine, Digital SLR User, Photography Monthly and many more. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC’s Walk on The Wild Side and is a member of the 2020VISION photo team. Ben has just finished writing his first book, Wildlife Photography Workshop, which he co-authored with Ross Hoddinott.


Hortobagy Eco Lodge RoomSitting on the very edge of the puszta of Hortobagy in Balmazújváros, the Hortobagy Eco Lodges provide a peaceful base for our workshop. Breakfast and evening meals are included. All rooms provided are single occupancy with en-suite facilities and Internet access. The rooms also have a shady terrace overlooking the Hortobagy plain in a rural setting.

The view from the room:

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