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Bulgaria Bird Watching Tour

Bulgaria 9 Days
Starting From EUR 960 / per person
Black-headed Bunting
The Black-headed Bunting is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae. It is a large, stocky bunting. On breeding males the combination of a black head, a bright yellow collar, yellow underparts and rusty-brown back is unmistakable. It breeds in south-east Europe east to Iran and migrates in winter mainly to India, with some individuals moving further into south-east Asia. Quite a common bird on our spring and summer birding and wildlife holidays.
European Bee-eater
The European Bee-eater is a richly coloured, slender bird in the bee-eater family, Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. The birds are gregarious—nesting colonially in sandy banks, preferably near river shores. They dazzle along the roadsides and are quite abundant on our spring and summer birding and wildlife tours.
Eurasian Golden Oriole
The Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) is the only member of the Old World oriole family of passerine birds breeding in Northern Hemisphere temperate regions. It is a summer migrant in Europe and western Asia and spends the winter season in central and southern Africa. Usually the bird is much easier to hear than see, so to enhance your experience with this beautiful bird we have established a system of 4 tower bird photography hides set in different habitats in the Eastern Balkan Range in Bulgaria.
Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker
This is a distinctive black and white woodpecker with two large white bars on its face. Males have a yellow crown and no red plumage elements. The southeast European subspecies alpinus , which we see on our Woodpeckers, Owls and Grouse Tour, has a barred back while the northern European nominate has a white back. Shy and retiring, the Three-toed woodpeckers forage on conifers in search of wood-boring beetle larvae or other insects.
European Wildcat
The European Wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small wildcat species native to continental Europe, Scotland, Turkey and the Caucasus. It inhabits forests from the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Central and Eastern Europe to the Caucasus. Though elusive, it is regularly spotted on our wildlife and birding tours, especially those in the area of Lake Kerkini, Northern Greece.
Red-breasted Goose
The Red-breasted Goose is the smallest and most brightly colored wild goose that is found in the northern parts of Europe and Asia. It is a palearctic species that breeds in the tundra of the Yamal, Gydan, and Taymyr Peninsula, and winters at the Black Sea coasts of Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria. In the recent 30 years, up to 60 000 Red-breasted Geese have been spending the winter in the area of the lakes of Durankulak and Shabla and neighbouring Romania, where we run our winter birding tours.
Brown Bear
Both Bulgaria and Romania host stable populations of the Eurasian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos) in Europe. About 800 animals inhabit the mountains in the central and southwestern parts of Bulgaria, while 6,000 roam Romania's forests in the Carpathian Mountains - the largest population of bears in Europe. A wildlife tour to the Balkans will not be complete without exploring the main refuges of the Brown Bear either in Bulgaria or in the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania.
Dalmatian Pelican
The Dalmatian Pelican is the largest member of the pelican family, and perhaps the world's largest freshwater bird. It breeds from southeastern Europe to India and China in swamps and shallow lakes. To enjoy and take photos of this majestic bird we visit either the Bourgas wetlands in the South-eastern Bulgaria or Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece. As the birds are foraging and resting close to the shore, they are extremely tame and easy to approach.
Wallcreeper
The Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is an enigmatic passerine bird found throughout the high mountains of the Palearctic from southern Europe to central China. Usually the birds can be easily spotted constantly flicking their crimson-and-black wings while investigating the rocky nooks for food. Our Wallcreeper short break would take you either to the mountains in south-western Bulgaria or to the Southern Carpathian Mountains in Romania, depending on where it is easier to find the Wallcreeper at the time of your visit.
Egyptian Vulture
The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), also called the white scavenger vulture or pharaoh's chicken, is a small Old World vulture and the only member of the genus Neophron, after which we named our company. About 3/4 of the fragile Balkan population of the Egyptian Vulture breed in the Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria. Here we support the local vultures by regularly bringing carcass to a feeding site. Our vulture photography hide is established in front of the feeding site.

Everywhere we go, we always try to support the local service providers and promote environment friendly tourism, believing that this will greatly contribute to improving the life of local people and will raise their awareness to wildlife and nature conservation.

One of our ultimate goals has always been to raise funds to help wildlife conservation in the different areas we visit during our tours in Bulgaria. Thanks to funds generated through our tours and the support of our tour participants, we have launched a special Wildlife Conservation Fund to help protect the national populations of a number of rare and endangered species of birds, such as the breeding Egyptian Vulture and Griffon Vulture in the Eastern Rhodopes, the Eastern Imperial Eagle in the Sakar Hills, the Semi-collared Flycatcher in the oak forests of the Eastern Balkan Range, the wintering Red-breasted Goose in the Coastal Dobroudzha and many others.

We also help local Bulgarian NGOs, and the Wildllife Conservation Society (WCS) in particular, in their crucial work for preservation of different biodiversity rich areas in Bulgaria and saving those areas from deterioration. Under WCS proposals several new protected areas have been declared and many others have been saved from destruction. By simply joining one of our tours, you will certainly contribute to our conservation efforts, as much of our Wildlife Conservation Fund is generated through them.

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