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Eagle Photography Tour, Lithuania - 5 Days

Eagle Photography Tour, Lithuania
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4Eagles Photo Hides Tour in Lithuania

This is our 5-Days eagle photography tour specially adapted for photographers’ comfort, nature at its best, as you will witness the natural behaviour of the wild birds. The White-tailed Eagles are residents in Lithuania, and Nemunas Delta is among the most important breeding and wintering grounds for them, laying on one of the biggest migration routes in the world. This means a huge concentration of birds on one spot. Each autumn we start feeding the birds with their natural food – fish, captured in the Curonian Lagoon and surrounding lakes and rivers, helping the Eagles to survive the rough winters.

Lithuania is southernmost Baltic Country here along the East coast of Curonian shoreline, local fish farms are offering a free meal for the mighty bird of prey, but once the cold weather strikes, they are in trouble, so we offer them once per week fresh fish, so they are used to the permanent hides and we get a close view to the beauty of those magical birds. The season is starting at the end of October and ends in the first week of April.

That is why our Tour is at Neman’s river delta – a location where you will evidence largest gatherings of this fascinating raptors. We offer for our guest opportunity to choose not only the hide (4Egles Meadow or 4Eagles Raptor we call them) but also distance depending on available optics, direction and POV. The hides were established back in 2016 and witnesses up to 27 White-tailed Eagles at one time. We chose carefully locations so we have a hide with forest main background and another with pastures and line of trees.

One of the main rules in the hide is to not speak loud, when weather conditions are most suitable we get the best light conditions so in order to get the best shots we are changing the hides depending on wind direction, as we want to get Eagles landing straight against your lenses. Also for best results we construct hide that allows you to shoot as low as possible, that helps to reduce the focusing plain, and all the photos you get are with smooth background and sharp detailed photos of the main object.

Next point of interest is temperatures and comfort in the hide – we are making our best to give you as nicer stay in the hide which can start 6:30 and we will go out only when the darkness is back. So to be able to sit in the hide with up to 6-7 more people we equipped both hides with LPG heaters and bio WC in a separate compartment. The best about our hides is they are next to the accommodation, near the fishponds and are on private land. Food and soft drinks will be served for lunch in lunchboxes for each participant.

We will choose meadow or forest hide depending on wind direction and visit each hide with all the group during your stay. Lithuanian eagle photography tour focuses on wilderness and full of stars skies will follow every evening back to the Ecolodge, where warm home-made food will waiting for us after a long day in the hides. We will discuss the plan for the next day and will help you choose the right lens and camera settings during the workshop. You are lucky, to be at one of the best places in Lithuania for White-tailed Eagles and Red foxes, Common and Rough-legged Buzzards are few of the objects you will able to photograph during your stay. For the best dates please contact us prior to your enquire.

**snowy conditions are not rare, but as you can expect the Earth is getting warmer caused by Global warming, so we cannot guarantee there will be any or some snowy days during the season.

Top 5 Tour Highlights:

  • We will look for some of the biggest birds of prey species in ridiculous numbers (up to 27 in February 2020) and also is the best time of the year to find them next to our hides. So it’s not a common wildlife photography tour, it is more like a BBC natural-heritage movie on a very wide (6m) screen watched from the comfy office chairs behind a one-way mirror glass, but the best is you don’t shoot through the glass, but even lower for best results and without losing precious light. We will show you the magic of Nature photography if you are a beginner or offer you artistic light condition if your photography is on a higher level.
  • We will start with the main topic of the tour – White-tailed Eagle hides rules on arrival. They are strict and will guarantee you and your tour mates best result if you assist us, and birds will be flying in massive flocks over the hide, not only flying but also a close-up of those gorgeous birds of prey just a few meters from your lens and they will give you the chance to capture this feathered giants fighting over the “meal” we offer them, mainly fresh local fish or in some cases roadkill, which will let them survive in the coming winter months.
  • If the weather allows we have snowy, stormy and bright sunny conditions. It is a great place to take award-winning shots for some of the World prestige’s photo contests, and here we can give you the freedom to choose the light direction, angle of view, there are 32 lens exits to find on one fits best to your view. Places in each hide are at all 7 per each hide that is the first and only in Lithuania. And this is just not all that we could offer.
  • Autumn is not only exciting because of the birds, but it’s also the colours of the forest in the background that make your photos even more beautiful. And this means we will have a chance to enjoy this mystical foggy morning and meet those 2,5m wingspan kings of the sky with the sunset light in their feathers. Also, winter is one of the most beautiful seasons, with all white of the snow or the morning frost and weather can be extremely beautiful or dramatic. So be ready for everything and join us on this special tour.
  • If wind and sun direction is the right one, you will see also the artistic opportunities you only can dream about while watching Wild Life Photographer of the Year contest catalogues. So charge your batteries, bring enough memory and we promise you will leave our hides with a big smile on your face and future plans to come back again.
Alternative Tour Name: 4Eagles Wild Life Photography Hides Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival, welcome dinner and presentation about the hides and the rules to use the hide so everyone has the best of its stay in our hides and leave them with big smile and tons of great images. Checking weather and planning which hide to use first and coming days we will do this every day before or after dinner.

Day 2
Day 2 - Minija Village

Every day starts with breakfast at the guest house of our host "Ventes Recreation" at Minija village, you can have coffee and/or tea and buffet breakfast, and make sure you bring all you need in the dining room, so after breakfast, we all get into the car/van and get in the hide one hour prior sunrise. Also in the hide, everyone gets a lunch-box and tripod head mount. You can choose if you want low angle or sitting height spot prior to every day, as we need to open the hide every day before birds are on location, we can do that also before/after dinner, so we are ready for action prior the sunrise. We will also look for the timing to get in the hide on time, depending on how long will take to have everyone ready with breakfast and be on time for the eagles' breakfast, as in winter they come even in the dark some of the mornings.

Day 3
Day 3 - Photography Action

Program is the same for every day and we will keep it strict, so everyone build up the right habit to be on time and don't risk everyone's success. We need to work as a team and follow the rules you learn in the first evening during the presentation.

Day 4
Day 4 - 4Eagles Raptor Hide

We will just switch the hides as they are very different orientated and wind and light can be very important factor for successful workshop. 4Eagles Raptor Hide is best for windy days and when we have sun. 4Eagles Meadow Hide is best for calm weather and misty mornings and for backlight sunny afternoon sessions with all wind directions except W-NW as then the Eagles will land with their backs towards us. Last night special dinner and free time for packing up.

Day 5
Day 5 - Last Day and Departure

Last breakfast and packing up in the car/van. As hides are only possible to be used from dark till dark in the evening and if all group flights are late in the afternoon, we can make a morning session in the Delta from the vehicle (if everyone packed up from the evening) or if weathers allows we might just go birding on the way to the airport (without taking any useless risk of course).

Wildlife species expected to see:

Whooper Swans, Greater White-fronted and Graylag Geese, White-tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Rough-legged and Common Buzzards, Caspian Gull. Red Foxes are daily visitors, also Great Grey Shrike, Wild Boar and Roe Deer’s in the area, so you never know what can show up as a bonus. And even I can’t promise to have them we will always expecting Golden Eagles to find their way to our 4Eagles Raptor Hide.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional multi-lingual guides and support staff
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • All meals
  • Snacks throughout the tour
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Personalised checklists by eBird
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes for the participants an extra fee will be added prior to the tour
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above, e.g - Alcholic beverge
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • Extra fresh fish for the Eagles on request
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

Private Eco lodge during all your stay, no other guests or stuff will disturb you, we use rental van for all the group, or separate cars on additional fee depending on the vehicle type and needed number.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

Mostly ground with minibus 8+1, but we plan to have also smaller groups and then we can travel with Subaru Forester 2.0x

What are your group sizes?

6-7 optimal, as we can then use 8+1 Van for all the group

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Sure if requested prior the trip, we can pick you and drop you off at one of the 3 main airports in the country Vilnius (330km), Kaunas (230km) or Palanga (75km)

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

We are very flexible and as the delta is very dynamic, we might change the itinerary depending on dramatic weather change or bird movement to improve your experience and for all our safety, we will agree about that every time if need to change the route or schedule.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

Sure, on extra fee you can have single room. Also we can add extra bed if needed, but we need to know in prior to the start of the tour.

Do you include meals?

All meals included, also we are very flexible if you have special needs according to your food diet.

When is the best time to travel and why?

mid-January – April is the best time with best chance for snow and cold weather that brings up to 27 WTE* at the hides and also the day is getting longer so we have more time for photography. *White-tailed Eagle

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

Yes, and No, our tours are very calm and we can visit most of the birding hotspot by the minibus, only if all the group requests we can make short hikes, if everyone is happy with that.

Would this tour be appropriate for someone with limited mobility?

If we know in prior to the tour, we can arrange everything, so everyone can feel comfortable and can reach all our target places and see all the birds and mammals we spot during the tour.

Do you have any age restrictions to join this tour?

Not strict, but if there are children in the group it has to be a responsible parenting and agreement from rest of the group prior to the tour and only if child is a young photographer as this tour is special and needs a lot of attention and strict discipline. So we really need to be sure that the child will be able to follow our orders and obey the rules.

What will be the level of connectivity or WiFi access during this tour?

We will have WiFi in the hides all the time and in the Lodge, but as it is border area you have to put your network selection to manual mode, because it’s very expensive to use Russian internet connection.

How do you support local communities during this tour?

We support the local farmers with percentage of the tour fee as the workshops and the owner of the land are willing to let us use it for hides, also food is home cooked by local ladies, basically all we offer in the itinerary is local friendly organized.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of the tour?

Yes, you can book extra days prior to the start, if you let us know during tour booking, we will be happy to help.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

We are small company and we taking care of your safety, but travel insurance is responsibility for every guest prior to leaving your home country, so make sure you have all needed insurances sort out prior you start traveling for your own safety and enjoyable stay with us.

Is this tour really for me?

Are you interested in bird and hide photography? If answer is yes, you are looking at the right place. Don’t forget to put your smile on your face and enjoy the small miracles of the nature.

Is this tour suitable for children?

Yes, but only if children are at least getting in to bird photography and come with at least one of the parents. We are very happy to have young photographers using our hides if everything is arrange with rest of the group prior to booking confirmation.

What happens if I have to cancel my tour? *

Cancellation You can cancel within 24 hours of booking or up to 30 days before the tour start date to get a full refund. Weather We make every effort to continue, as scheduled with our tours. But sometimes, weather conditions create an unsafe scenario, as a result, a change or cancellation may be the result. Should this happen, we will provide full refund. Tour confirmation Our guides will contact our guests via email 2-3 days prior to the start of your trip. This is the perfect opportunity to let the guide know of any questions or concerns you may have.

What happens if I need to change my tour?

If it’s not against our booking policy above, we are happy to refund you at all cost you paid already, or if we all agree we postpone the trip for later dates.

What happens if your company closes down? *

If you have travel insurance you will be easy sorted, if we are still alive and the reason of closing down is not possible to avoid we will make our best to refund you.

Include items they must bring, specify footwear if this is important, also medical items that might be needed if the location is remote

Winter clothes, gloves and hat, mug, rain waterproof jacket and a full change of clothes for arctic weather, binoculars, all camera gear you will use and tripod head (no legs required), eBird device and profile so I can easily share our checklists.

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

Only if you have any really special requirements, but we make sure you get all was included in the price prior the tour. If you need extra snacks or soft drinks during the day just let us know before breakfast. Alcohol is not tolerated during the day, and if you are younger than 21 years by law.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Sure, if you let us know during booking procedure.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Even smallest countryside shops are now accepting credit cards, but it’s always good idea to use ATM on the airport for worst case scenario, so you will have plan B.

Why should I book with Alcedo Wildlife Tours?

Alcedo Wildlife Tours is small company specialist in the area (Lithuania), supporting and cooperating with local community, taking care about the birds (not only in winter) and have best and most up to date information of what and where we can find, especially the most interesting bird species. We are using eco-friendly vehicles and lodges. Friendly and experienced guides, in love with their jobs, are waiting for you. Also local food and accommodation suppliers is our main partners. You will leave us with plans to return, we promise you. Welcome to Nemunas Delta, your Lithuanian Wilderness experts are waiting for you...

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5 Days

Price & Availability

From
EUR1,330 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement EUR 80
This tour is operated by: Alcedo WildLife Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Nemunas Delta, Lithuania
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 5 Days
  • Mid January till April
  • 18+ years
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Russian
  • Vilnius Airport or Contact us to know
  • Vilnius Airport or Contact us to know