This is a photography tour focusing on two main bird species – the Dalmatian Pelican and the Eurasian Griffon Vulture.
The tour starts from Sofia at 14.00 h in the afternoon (2 p.m.), at the latest. The tour participants will be picked up either from Sofia Airport or from their accommodation place within the city of Sofia if they have arrived earlier. Then we will be driving south (for about 3 hours) to Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, on the other side of the Bulgarian-Greek border. We will check in a small family-run hotel near the lake for three nights.
Day 2 & 3
We will be taking photos of Dalmatian Pelicans in the lake both from the lakes’ banks and from a boat. Except the Dalmatian Pelicans the lake offers good opportunities to photograph also the Great White Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Greater Flamingo, Great White Egret and various waterfowl.
We will spend the day transferring to the Eastern Rhodopes mountain region in Southern Bulgaria. The approximately 6 hour scenic drive will take us to our base in a lodge in the vicinity of the town of Krumovgrad, where we will be staying for four nights.
The Eastern Rhodope Mountains is an area of exceptional biodiversity in all seasons. Here we support the local vulture populations by regularly bringing carcass to feeding places. To take photos of the action of feeding we use the adjacent hide. You can see detailed information about the vulture photo-hide in our Vulture Hide Photography Tour.
Day 5, 6 & 7
We will spend these three days aiming to photograph our second target species, the Eurasian Griffon Vulture from our fixed hide. Apart from the Eurasian Griffon Vulture we will have good opportunities to photograph also the Cinerous (Eurasian Black) Vulture, White-tailed Eagle and other species of birds of prey. It sometimes happens a Red Fox, Golden Jackal, Wild Cat or a Wolf to turn up at the feeding table too.
If time allows we can also try to photograph a variety of passerine birds (like the Hawfinch, Siskin, Brambling, Sombre Tit, etc.) visiting the feeders, which we are maintaining in this area. During times when there is less activity at the hide we can go off to explore the region looking for other wildlife. We will be sure to visit a nearby reserve where a reintroduced population of European Bison roam in the wild – a setting that makes for good photography.
After breakfast we will be transferred back to Sofia airport (3 ½ hours driving), or to Bourgas airport on the coast (3 hours driving) – for your return flights.
The prices include the ground transport, accommodation in an en-suite double/twin room in middle standard hotels/lodges, all meals, guiding, use of hides and use of boat for pelican photography for 8 hours in total.