Red-breasted geese

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 29-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
The wetlands along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast are traditional hotspots for birding during this time of the year. Spectacular variety and numerous flocks of waterfowl could be seen in the larger lakes or in the shallow coastal lagoons by the sea coast. These easily accessible sites of international importance house approximately 70% of the world’s wintering Red-breasted Geese population. Globally threatened species like Pygmy Cormorants, Dalmatian Pelicans and White-headed Ducks occur also. A matter of luck is also the registration of Lesser White-fronted Geese – one of the most endangered species on the Earth. The rest of the list comprises many other water-connected birds (as grebes, herons, egrets, swans, dabbling and diving ducks, waders, gulls etc.), numbering several hundred thousands individuals as a total. A magnificent quantity of high quality – unforgettable view, recommended for each real birdwatcher! Read the rest of this entry »

Passage along the coast

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 29-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
This tour is absolutely dedicated to watching migration and water-connected birds in Eastern Bulgaria. Situated along the Via Pontica flyway, these sites are of international importance for many migrating birds. After the delight of observing dense and numerous flow of storks, pelicans and great variety of birds of prey (Honey Buzzards, Montagu’s Harriers, Black Kites, Short-toed Eagles, Levant Sparrowhawks etc.) we will make a trip to the steppe areas and coastal wetlands by the Northern Black Sea coast and along the Danube River (European Shag, Stone-curlew, Ferruginous Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Slender-billed Gull, Calandra Lark, Pied Wheatear etc.). Read the rest of this entry »

Raptors on passage

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 29-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
Conditionally named “Autumn tour”, it is usually realized at the end of the summer. Lying over two of the biggest migratory routes in Europe (Via Pontica and Via Aristotelis), the territory of Bulgaria is an important stop-over for many migrating and wandering birds during this season. The Black Sea coastal wetlands (lakes and lagoons) provide some of the best conditions for watching thousands of soaring migrants! Huge flocks, comprising hundreds and thousands White Storks, White Pelicans and Honey Buzzards could be seen per one day only along with many other birds of prey like Montagu’s Harriers, Black Kites, Short-toed Eagles, Levant Sparrowhawks etc. Additional tour will be performed through the Eastern Rodopi Mountains which is a breeding site of international importance for some of these species. The migration along Via Pontica flyway is a performance, attracting birdwatchers from all over the world each year! Be a part of it! Read the rest of this entry »

High mountains and coastal lagoons: Raptors, pelicans and warblers

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 29-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
Hotspots on hot places! Giving a special attention to the southern parts of Bulgaria is mostly recommended to those, who do not want to spend their time in traveling instead of carrying out detailed observations in several places, where the diversity of bird species is really fabulous. Choosing this tour you will have enough time to explore both the local area and its avian complex, comprising primarily more than 20 species of breeding birds of prey (Black, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard etc.) as well as huge variety of small passerines (Black-eared Wheatear, Red-rumped Swallow, Sardinian Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Cirl Bunting etc.). A well balanced tour, providing the opportunity to enjoy some really rare species, requiring more time and patience for their observation! Read the rest of this entry »

Mediterranean landscapes and coastal lagoons

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 29-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
A birding tour established especially to those, who do not have much time, but who would like to see as much as possible! Although quite intensive with a lot of traveling, we still have enough time to enjoy some of the most representative birding areas in Bulgaria. The trip starts with a visit to the Eastern Rodopi Mountains where more than 20 species of breeding birds of prey (Black, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard etc.) as well as huge variety of small passerines (Black-eared Wheatear, Red-rumped Swallow, Sardinian Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Masked Shrike, Sombre Tit, Cirl Bunting etc.) are most expected. Further on a special attention will be given to the wetlands by the Black Sea Coast and along the Danube River (Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Spoonbills, Glossy Ibises, Purple, Night and Squacco Herons, Ferruginous Ducks etc.). However this tour remains a good choice as regards time-value-long species list! Read the rest of this entry »

10 days around Bulgaria: from pelicans and raptors to warblers and buntings

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 29-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
If you want to visit some of the most representative and valuable habitats in Bulgaria, holding the biggest part of its avian richness, this is the right moment and tour! Passing through the kingdom of the birds of prey in Europe – the Eastern Rodopi Mountains, where more than 20 species of vultures, eagles, falcons, hawks, buzzards and others are presented during the breeding season, this part of the rou te is also especially recommended to those, who would like to enjoy the fabulous variety of passerines species from the southern complex (like Blue Rock Thrush, Masked Shrike, Rock Nuthatch, Orphean Warbler etc.). The remarkable diversity of raptors and passerines, combined with different water-connected species (as Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Ferruginous Ducks, egrets, herons, terns etc.) is also irrevocable part of the visits of other unique places both along the Black Sea Coast and the Danube River. This itinerary provides the extreme possibility to observe the birdwatcher’s dream – the Slender-billed Curlew! The complete trip around Bulgaria in spring promises longer than usual species list, exceeding 200 species! Do not miss the chance and see for yourself!
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Wallcreeper on a twitch

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 29-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
Short breaks for busy people… Let us take you during your weekend to Rodopi Mountains, where you can have the chance to see a lifer for you – the elusive Wallcreeper. The rocks by the tiny Trigrad village are one of the best places in Europe for this species, where you can have the chance to see also many other rock dwelling birds. No the least this is another part of Bulgaria, much different in spiritual and cultural aspect compared to the Eastern parts of the mountains. After visiting the gorge we will go for a short hike to enjoy also some birds, inhabiting the steppe habitats by the town of Plovdiv and if time available – to see few other rarities along Maritsa River. Read the rest of this entry »

Brown bear viewing tour

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 28-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
An exciting tour dedicated to observing wild Brown Bears in their hunting territories, without fences, without human interference and what is most important – in the heart of the most virgin area of the Rodopi Mountains… Viewing Brown Bears is rather thrilling experience as there is no guarantee in nature what will happen and if being on the Bears track would be successful. However for this tour we use local rangers that are fully aware of the behaviour of the Brown Bears and the wildlife in their territory in general. We give 90% guarantee of observing wild Brown Bear if you come during the best period for that: April-May (after the winter hibernation) and October-November (before the winter hibernation). During summer the chance is smaller as food sources are abundant and bears are difficult to be attracted to certain areas appropriate for viewing from a short distance. And last but not least this tour gives 100% guarantee of watching the Balkans subspecies of the Chamois – the Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica) as well as another hidden animal – the Capercaillie. Tracking displaying males of Capercaillie in March-April requires very early morning walks in the snow and keeping absolute silence by their displaying grounds. En-route we may see also Hazel Grouse, Wild Boar etc. Wolves are also possible but this is a matter of chance. The Brown Bear viewing is not just a touch to real nature but lifetime experience!
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Birding around Sofia

Posted by Birdwatching Bulgaria | Posted in notactive | Posted on 11-01-2010-05-2008

Summary
These tours are for people who are coming to Sofia and would like to squeeze in their busy work schedule a morning, an afternoon or a whole day of birdwatching. You have the choice of visiting the two hotspots in one day or just one of them. A quick escape from the overcrowded streets of our capital can take us to the tranquility of the spruce forests of Vitosha Nature Park and/or to the noisy reed beds of the biggest Bulgarian Karst wetland – the Dragoman Marsh. Read the rest of this entry »