Hides in Hungary
In Hungary we stay at a guesthouse and our local guide takes us to various hides set up at key locations. Marshland hides are of the ‘wait-and-see’ type, but with the possibility of close views of nesting whiskered terns, as well as passing waders, ducks and various egrets and herons. A mobile hide can be used at a bee-eater colony, and a tower hide offers nesting red-footed falcons and European rollers at close range. There are also infinity pool hides where species range from hawfinch, nightingale and middle spotted woodpecker through to kingfishers, turtle dove and red-backed shrikes. Other wildlife can be photographed on the drives to and from the hides.
Flora in France
In France, both the Vercors and the Pyrenees have superb ‘Alpine’ meadows so full of flowers that it is difficult to know what to photograph first. While the Vercors boasts up to 35 species of wild orchids, including the showy lady’s slipper, the Pyrenees hosts a number of endemic plants, amidst a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks. In both locations the stunning scenery of dramatic mountain cliffs and cirques, combined with open valley landscapes, is really worth photographing also.
The Fantastic Falkland Islands
In the Falkland Islands we visit four smaller islands as well as two key locations on East Falkland. Wherever we go in this British Overseas Territory, the wildlife is exceptionally confiding and photogenic. Five species of penguin are likely, including the gorgeous king penguin. Imperial and rock shags nest in colonies as do fabulous black-browed albatrosses, while dolphins and orcas can be seen just offshore and southern elephant seals loaf about on some of the beaches. Smaller birds include the endemic Cobb’s wren as well as tussac bird, white-bridled finch and austral thrush.
The highlight in 2015 was photographing a striated caracara actually killing a Falkland skua – an event that possibly no-one has captured before.
Our 2016 Falklands tour will include an optional extension to the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park in Chile to photograph the fantastic scenery and a few of the wildlife species to be found there, including guanacos, guanacos and possibly even puma.