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Kiskunsagi National Park - Apaj Area

Pest County  >  Hungary

The largest saline area of the Kiskunság National Park. The Upper Kiskunság Steppe is great for birding. On the puszta you can see big groups of Great Bustard.

Added by Gabor Bodor

Description

The Apaj area is a huge sodic lowland of the great Hungarian Plain. This area is only 60 Km from Budapest and it's part of the Upper Kiskunsag Puszta.  It hosts large masses of birds during migration. It presents a nice variation of sodic meadows and grazing lands. The reconstruction of the former fish ponds outside the village of Apaj resulted in the creation of a large wetland. The large open steppes are good foor seeing many birds of prey. You can also see birds of reed beds and saline habitats and other wildlife of saline steppes. One of the largest Hungarian populations of Great Bustard lives here and a large number of Collared Pratincole nest in the area. Also other spectacular birds like Imperial Eagle and European Roller can be seen. Best time to visit in spring, early summer and autumn, when large numbers of birds can be found in the wetlands.

Details

Access

Many trails possible to explore. For example the 1-km long Apaj duck trail (see blue dotted line on the map) which goes along a wetland created from a former fishpond. There is a high-stand at both trailheads, offering great views on the puszta. The trail is east of Apaj, and can be accessed from the road heading for the road connecting Bugyi and Kunpeszér. The trail is accessible on foot, throughout the year. But you can explore the area on many other and longer trails. See for more info the website of the National Park (link below).

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Steppe, Reedbeds

Conditions

Flat

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Narrow trail, Unpaved road, Paved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Links

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

Map

Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

Comments

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