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Golden Jackal & European Ground Squirrel Photography Tour

5based on 1 review
Bulgaria 7 Days
Starting From EUR 820 / per person

Bulgaria Birding Wallcreeper & Vultures Tour

5based on 1 review
Bulgaria 8 Days
Starting From EUR 770 / per person
Starting From EUR 820 / per person
Levant Sparrowhawk
The Levant Sparrowhawk is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. In Europe the species can be observed only in the south-east as the bird major area is the Balkan peninsula. In Bulgaria is a breeding summer visitor and passage migrant with vulnerable conservation status.
Pygmy cormorant
The Pygmy Cormorant (Microcarbo pygmeus) is a member of the Phalacrocoracidae family of seabirds. It breeds in southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia and more than 80% of the species total population lives in Europe. The species is with endangered conservation status in Bulgaria. In the country is a breeding summer visitor, wintering with isolated breeding habitats along the Danube and the Black Sea coast. The Pygmy Cormorant is a key species of all our tours which include the Danube river area and the Black-sea coast.
Eastern imperial eagle
This magnificent large bird of prey breeds in southeastern Europe and extensively through West and Central Asia. The Imperial Eagle is among the rarest birds on the planet. It is globally endangered and its population is decreasing worldwide. The Imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca) is among Bulgaria's largest eagles with wingspan of 180 to 215 cm. Joining our large birds of prey tour will give you the unique opportunity to observe this king of the sky.
Sreburna Lake Reserve
Lake Srebârna is located in the Danube Valley (North-Eastern Bulgaria) and is a place of European ornithological importance. Srebarna Lake and adjacent territories supports 173 bird species, 57 of which are listed in the Red Data Book for Bulgaria and has been declared a ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO. The lake is a major breeding ground for the internationally endangered Dalmatian Pelican and the biggest breeding populations of four more globally threatened species – the Pygmy Cormorant, the Ferruginous Duck, the White-tailed Eagle and the Corncrake. Join our tours to visit a unique ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO known as the ‘Eldorado of wading birds’.
The World of Large Birds of Prey
Eastern Rhodopes in Bulgaria are often considered as one of the best places in Europe for large birds of prey. The area is of volcanic origin, with huge crags found as far as the eye can see where perhaps the greatest attraction of the area are its three species of vultures: Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Egyptian Vultures, and finally the king of the feast, the rare and endangered Eurasian Black (or Cinereous) Vulture. Eastern Rhodopes are key spot of our Wallcreeper & Vultures tour, by joining us in this adventure you will have the amazing chance to observe the three of the four possible species of vultures in Europe.
Via Pontica Bird Migration Road
Via Pontica Autumn Bird Migration can be truly described as one of the European wildlife wonders. Every autumn thousands of birds perform their annual migration and follow irreversibly one and the same route. A route bearing from ancient times the name “Via Pontica”. Every year along Bulgarian Black-sea coast migrate scores of thousands of Storks, Pelicans, larger and smaller birds of prey and hundreds of thousands of songbirds, waders, plovers and other birds. The view is so amazing if offers an experience that you will remember and value for life. Joining our Autumn birding tour will become part of this extraordinary event.
European Ground Squirrel
Of approximately 180 species of mammal found that populate Europe: in Bulgaria you will find over 100 of these, including numerous rare European examples. European ground squirrel is one of these European examples. The species often called the "European Meerkat" is endangered and distributed throughout central and south-eastern Europe. Hopefully so far the European ground squirrel still have steady population in Bulgaria and our photography tours are giving perfect opportunities for some close observations and perfect shots of this cute mammal.
Dalmatian Pelican
The Dalmatian pelican is the largest of the pelicans and one of the largest living bird species. The Dalmatian pelican is the rarest pelican worldwide. Both of the very rare species of pelicans for Europe, the Dalmatian & the Great white pelican, can be observed on the territory of Bulgarian and on our tours. Especially attractive are the flocks of hundreds of migrating birds during the Autumn bird migration which is passing along the Bulgarian Black-sea coast.
Wallcreeper
One of the most attractive species of birds found in Europe but this bird is as attractive as difficult to see. Wallcreeper often lives in inaccessible sites high in the mountains. On our tours we have an excellent chance of seeing it as in Bulgaria is simply one of the most accessible place in Europe to see this marvelous bird which reminds an enormous butterfly in flight.
Golden Jackal
The Golden jackal is a wolf-like canid that is native to Southeast Europe, Southwest Asia, South Asia. This species survive in sustainable numbers within the borders of the country. Notably: Bulgaria maintains the largest Jackal population in Europe. Although the Golden Jackal is primarily nocturnal animal during our tours we provide wonderful day possibilities for observation and photography of this beautiful animal.

Bulgaria still remains as one of the less known, less developed and poorest countries in EU, but with one of the richest biodiversity on the continent.  The intensive agriculture is not widely represented and thus Nature is still well preserved. Travelling across the country you can observe vast fields of uncultivated land covered with huge diversity of thousands of plants, surrounded by birds and other wildlife. Bulgaria is relatively new Wildlife destination, as not early than late 90s it becomes to gain popularity among the nature lovers, since then the interest is constantly growing together with the efforts for preserving country’s unique nature.  Since the beginning of our activities we realized that Nature is our biggest advantage and we put our efforts to keep it untouched and put conservations efforts where needed.
During our tours we visit one of the less populated and isolated areas in the country where we accommodate our tourists in local guesthouses and small family hotels, using mostly local products. Owners of these places are involved and aware of our Nature activities and thus benefiting from them are getting involved in our Nature preserving & conservation efforts. This is the example with the vulture feeding place in Studen Kladenetz village, Eastern Rhodopes, where we can observe 3 of the 4 possible European species of vultures. The village is isolated and with no more than 100 people living there, but during the seasons is visited of more than 500-600 people.  Locals are involved in feeding & protection actions. This is also the case with the local fishermen from Srebarna lake reserve – UNESCO world heritage site, which is the only place where the Dalmatian pelican is breeding in Bulgaria and where one can observe both species of pelicans in Europe – Dalmatian & White.  The lake is visited by hundreds of tourists yearly and thus bringing benefits to the locals who put their efforts to renovate & protect the reserve from poachers.  These are just two small examples. Our wildlife tours have their contribution to the local scientific communities. Most of the local guides are either members of the Bulgarian academy of science or work for the academy. One impressive example is the discovery of the dragonfly species Corduliochlora borisi  in 2001. The species has been described for the world science from South Bulgaria by a former Pandion Wild Tours guide Dr.Milen Marinov.  Least but not last, profits from our wildlife tours are used for conservation activities. We took part in one of the most successful conservation projects for the decade in Bulgaria, which was for reintroducing the Lesser Kestrel in the country. The 10 year project finished with the great result of 70 breeding pairs in the country. During the years there were many other conservation activities indirectly financed by the organized wildlife tours to Bulgaria – Placing of a bird houses for Semicollared flycatcher & woodpeckers in the Danube area of Sreburna lake reserve, recovery of a Bee-eaters colony in the area, organizing a feeding station for Golden jackals in the Danube area of North Eastern Bulgaria and more.

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    Bulgaria Birding Wallcreeper & Vultures Tour
    Helga Pomrenke27 Nov 2020
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    We had wonderful bird watching, very good accommodations and tasty food. Unfortunately, the wall creeper did not show up, but the imperial eagle came into view several times. Birds, insects, flowers and the history of Bulgaria were explained to us with a lot of specialist knowledge. An all-round successful tour. Thank you very much Helga
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    Golden Jackal & European Ground Squirrel Photography Tour
    Eva Maria Ginal16 Jun 2018
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    My wildlife trip was from June 16 to 22, 2018. The trip was well organized so that I could concentrate fully on photography. The days were very varied and a well thought-out mix of hide photography and hikes with observation. My guide, himself an excellent nature photographer, gave me a lot of photography tips. I was accommodated in the Pelican Lodge, a place to feel good. I felt like I was with friends. The food in the hotel was of very high quality and cooked with a lot of love. The observation and photography of the golden jackal, the ground squirrel and the many beautiful birds remain an unforgettable experience. I can particularly recommend this trip. It is one of the best wild life trips that I have experienced.
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