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Ornithology and Bird Watching in Bulgaria.

Duration: 8 days, to choose from January-February.

This is the best selling trip but you can choose any date of the year for your bird watching trip in Bulgaria, tell us your preferences through the Custom Travel Budget Request Form and we will send you the best possible itinerary.

Frowning pelican. Dalmatian Pelican

Frowning pelican

Prices including VAT (with local English-speaking guide-ornithologist, transport, hotel and breakfast) :

Reduced price by booking with a minimum of 90 days in advance:

Group of 3 persons: 1.552,00 € / person

Group of 4 a 6 persons: 1.376,00 € / person

Single room supplement: 145,00 € / person

 

 

Did you think that to see Pelicans in the wild or rare species like the Red-necked Goose, you had to travel to distant continents?, Nothing is further from reality, you can observe them within Europe only 3,5 flight hours from Spain with the help of our local Bulgarian experts. We have more than 100 species of birds in our check-list so it will be an intense trip, with 2 days of long journeys, but at the same time, you will be able to see excellent species during the tour that will more than compensate for the hours of travel.

Barnacla cuellirroja

Barnacla cuellirroja

 

Winter temperatures in this area of ​​South-Eastern Europe are usually very cold but are usually combined with blue skies and bright sunrises.. We chose the month of February because at the end of winter the birds resume their activity and prepare for the feeding season. In addition, in the case of the Pelicans it is when their appearance is most striking and in the case of the Red-necked Goose it is the best opportunity to see them in Europe before they return to Siberia..

 

 

Copyright Chris Knights

Barnacla cuelliroja. Copyright Chris Knights

Thanks to its mild winters, the Black Sea coast is sought after by many birds, wintering here for thousands of individuals. Bulgaria is the best place to see several species in the same area and especially at this time of year. Out of all, the most notable is the spectacular Goose neck (Branta ruficollis). In January and February almost the entire world population of this bird is concentrated here (It is native to Asia and Africa, and is in danger of extinction). Other attractive species that winter here in large numbers are the Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus) and the frowning pelican (Pelecanus crispus).

Also at this time we have a good opportunity to see true rarities such as the Chinese Ansar face (Consider erythropus) and the spotted eagle (Aquila clanga). It is even possible to see specimens of Black-headed Gull (Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus).

saker_falcon

Saker falcon

Like our bird watching itinerary , that we specify below, It is specially designed for fans of ornithology from Spain, we will pay special attention to other species from the South-East such as the Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca), the European Pigargo (Haliaeetus albicilla), the Moorish Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) and the saker falcon (Falco cherrug), the buzzard shoe (Buteo lagopus)…, it is also possible to see the Red-necked grebe (Podiceps grisegena), the White-backed Peak (Dendrocopos leucotos, spp. liffordi), the Syrian Peak (Dendrocopos syriacus), the White Whistle (Peak aging), the Alondra cornuda (Eremophila alpestris) and the gloomy Chickadee (Poecile lugubris).

 

 

Itinerary of the bird watching program in Winter:

This is a typical Itinerary, for this specific offer, but if you want other dates or duration, please make us your inquiry through Custom budget request.

Day 1: Arrival at Sofia airport, Pick up by our local expert and drive to the Black Sea coast (nail 4 hours) where you will spend the night during 2 nights in a hotel 3 *** near the city of Burgas.

Lake Durankulak

Lake Durankulak

Birdwatching route from 8 days

Birdwatching route from 8 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White pelican

White pelican

Day 2: This day we explore the wetlands near the city of Burgas, which are important wetlands included in the Ramsar Convention and IBAS. Here we will look for the pygmy cormorant, Pelicans frowning and white, the Serreta girl (Mergellus albellus), Singer Swan (Cygnus cygnus) and possibly Chinese swan (Cygnus columbianus columbianus) , the European Pigargo, Cinnamon jar (Tadorna ferruginea) and many others. The black-headed gull is also possible to see. The fantastic forests around the lakes allow you to observe various species of woodpeckers: Syrian Peak, Cano whistle, Medium peak (Dendrocopos medius), as well as the gloomy Chickadee.

Moorish buzzard

Moorish buzzard

 

Day 3: In the morning we will explore Pomorie lake, south of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, where we can see the Red-necked Grebe, Cinnamon jar, and again Pelicans and many other species. Then we headed north for a few 4 hours to lakes Shabla and Durankulak, doing that yeah, a stop on the way in fantastic forests where we will have the opportunity to see the Pico dorsiblanco. We will arrive in Shabla at night where we will stay during 3 nights in rural hotel.

 

Medium peak

Medium peak

Days 4 and 5: These two days we will explore the lakes of Shabla and Durankulak, as well as the surrounding wheat fields where the Goose species feed. Along with our main objective here, the flocks of Red-necked Goose, we will also look for the flocks of Anser careto (Consider albifrons) which can also reward us with seeing the Chinese Ansar face. Other possible birds will be the country goose (Anser fabalis), the black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), the Red-necked Grebe, arctic loon (Arctic gull), the little loon (Gavia stellata), Syrian Peak, Buzzard footwear, Moorish buzzard, Pale eagle (Circus cyaneus), European Pigargo, Common goshawk (Accipiter), Esmerejón (Falco columbarius), Peregrine falcon (Falco) and saker falcon. We will also have a great opportunity to see the Spotted Eagle. Among the passerines we can see the amazing Whisker (Panurus biarmicus), the Royal Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon), the common cogujada (Galerida cristata), Picogordo (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) and many more.

Black headed gull

Black headed gull

 

Day 6: This day we will have a long journey to the South of Bulgaria, nail 7 hours, that with several intermediate stops will take us the whole day. The way forward and the stops to make will depend on the weather conditions and the species we want to prioritize seeing.. Late at night we will arrive in the town of Gabarevo to spend the night in a small rural hotel in 2** traditional architecture.

 

Gloomy chickadee

Gloomy chickadee

 

Day 7: After a full breakfast we travel west, but they will be less than 2 hours of road that we will also combine with a few stops to see some Moorish Buzzard, Imperial eagle, Syrian Peak, Gloomy chickadee, Horned lark and a few more. If the weather allows us, we can try looking for the elusive Greek partridge (alectoris). We will arrive in the afternoon at the town of Mirkovo, located just 1 Sofia airport time. Accommodation in a rural hotel in 2** and dinner.

 

Day 8: Depending on the flight departure time, We can take advantage of an observation time in this rural area or if the flight leaves early we will go directly to the airport where the local guide will leave you, who will have accompanied you throughout the trip.

hairy pelican

Frowning pelican

 

Note: This is a bird watching trip in which if you want to photograph them you must bring at least one 300 mm and a stable tripod, bean bags can be loaned upon request in advance. In the lakes, a wide angle, as well as a zoom of 70-200 it would be very useful. We also do specific trips for nature photographers, ask us.

 

 

What includes:

• Reception at Sofia airport upon arrival. • Guide service / translator / instructor throughout the program. • Transfers according to itinerary in a vehicle with air conditioning and driver throughout the program. • Fuel costs, parking and tolls. • Accommodation in double use room • Breakfast. • Transfer to Sofia airport on the day of departure. • Administration fees.

What is not included:

• Plane tickets. • Footwear and personal sportswear for activities. • Because they are optional for each traveler: Entrance fees to museums, monasteries, iglesias, forts and chairlift and cable car services. • Optional excursions. • Travel assistance insurance, with own coverage for the activity, nor rescue. Its price approx. It is 35,00 € per person, total for 8 days. We recommend that you hire it for your safety and peace of mind, If you wish, we can recommend the insurance that best suits your activity program. • Tips and personal expenses. • Drinks of all kinds, lunches or dinners.

 

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