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Birdwatching Slovenia Tour in Spring - 8 Days

Birdwatching Slovenia Tour in Spring

Spring Birding Tour in Slovenia

8-day Spring Birdwatching Slovenia tour which is moderately paced available on request is the week full of great birding at some of the top birding locations in Slovenia.

This small green country extends in the area of 20,273 km2 and has more than 13% of its territory protected. 24,000 animal species live here, and some of them are very rare or even endangered. Slovenia is, according to the Good Country Index, fourth among 154 countries in terms of its positive contribution to the planet and the climate. It boasts vast forests, rich biodiversity, numerous protected areas and parks, exceptional water wealth, and high-quality drinking water. Slovenia has one national park, three regional parks, 34 landscape parks, 66 nature reserves, and more than 1200 natural monuments are just some of the reasons for you to come on a unique Photo trip.

In Slovenia, you can experience, visit, feel or taste something new and unique every day of the year! We are a country of unique experiences, free from mass tourism. Its diverse landscape offers a wide variety of outdoor activities; round trips around the country allow you to taste a different authentic local cuisine in every region. In a country known for healthy waters and spas, you can easily enjoy a green, active, healthy, and safe holiday experience.

Spring birdwatching tour will round up almost every part of the country. From the seaside to the highest mountain peaks. With nice weather at this part of the year, we will enjoy the beautiful scenery and some of the rarest breeding birds. Easy hiking will make everything even better. Target species may take some time to find but we will do our best to show you a rich bird list and amazing landscape all around the top birding locations. Changing so many places will give us the opportunity to see as much as possible.

Locations to be visited: Coastal wetlands (Škocjanski zatok and saltpans), Nanos mountain and Karst, Triglav National Park, Lake Cerknica, Pohorje plateau, Fishponds of lower Slovenia – and Ormož lagoons with Ormož wine region.

Birdwatching Slovenia Spring Tour Highlights include:

  1. Slovenia is the best nesting place for lots of endangered bird species, such as; Black Grouse, Baillons Crake, Wallcreeper, Rock Thrush, Ural Owl. Slovenian territory is a stop for migratory birds. You can see most of the birds in different landscape parks. In Slovenia 380 birds species have been observed, 220 of which also nest.
  2. Being around Triglav national park; With its diverse climate and a wealth of landscape types, the Triglav National Park is home to around 7,000 plant and animal species, from tiny insects and freshwater fish to majestic red deer and a proud golden eagle.
  3. Visiting the phenomenon of intermittent (disappearing) Lake Cerknica has become famous worldwide as an area where cattle can graze, farmers can plow fields, catch fish and drive boats in the same place. When the lake is full, it is the largest lake in Slovenia, but then it dries up and reveals its extensive farming land.
  4. Unique Slovenian Landscape From the Alpine world to the Mediterranean sea and Pannonian lowlands;

Slovenia is on the path to becoming a top culinary destination.

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Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival - From Ljubljana Airport to Coastal Wetlands

From Ljubljana airport we will reach our first birding place in about an hour. We will visit all the coastal wetlands depending on the time we have and concentrate to see as much as possible. Target species will be Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Black-winged Stilt, Sardinian Warbler and others. One night close to Koper.

Day 2
Day 2 - Nanos mountain

If we miss some species from the coast we will try to get them in the morning. If not than we will visit Nanos mountain to see superb Rock Thrush. Rest of the day will be spend around that area and on the Karst. There we will target species like Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Shoet-toed Eagle, Red-rumped Swallow and more. Anything is possible and sometimes rare species such as Woodchat Shrike and Ortolan Buting are also possible. One night on Karst.

Day 3
Day 3 - Soča valley | Triglav National Park

In the morning we leave Karst and head towards Soča valley and Triglav National Park. Soča is one of the nicest rivers in Slovenia and some spectacular views are there to be seen. We will hang around there trying to see some local birds such as Dippers, Crag Martins and Common Redstarts. After the valley we will head up to the Mangart mountain. There is a road going up to 2055 asl. Target species will be Rock Ptarmigan, Snowfinch and Alpine Accenator. One night close to Kranjska Gora.

Day 4
Day 4 - Drive to Lake Cerknica

Following morning we will drive to lake Cerknica and its surroundings. We will drive around one and a half hour. Lake Cerknica is one of the biggest intermittent lakes in Europe and the biggest in Slovenia when it is filled up. The lake itself is a unique place for flora and fauna. Some bird species have the only breeding place in whole country there like Rosefinch and Baillon's Crake. Highest densities of Sedge Warblers and Water Rails are also present. Surroundings of the lake are one of the best places for Corncrakes and Whinchats. Many Red-footed Falcons are migrating through. Black Storks and White-tailed Eagles are also not to hard to see there. One night close to Cerknica.

Day 5
Day 5 - Pohorje Plateau

We can still hang around the lake if we miss something. Otherwise our next destination in Pohorje plateau near second laregst city in Slovenia – Maribor. Target species will be Three-toed Woodpecker, Pygmy Owl, Nutcracker and Ring Ouzel. Some pristine forests and habitats are still present there so birding will be surrounded by stunning nature. One night close to Rogla.

Day 6
Day 6 - Fishponds and Lakes

On the following morning, we will go down to the valley to see some local fishponds and lakes. These are some of the best birding locations in the country and many endangered species like Ferruginous Duck, Little Crake and White-tailed Eagle breed there. We will concentrate on low land species and water birds of which many should be seen. Among others, we will target all breeding birds and birds on migration. Local Mediterranean Gull nesting place will also be our place to visit. One night close to Pragersko.

Day 7
Day 7 - Head to The Toscaneque

Today we will head to the Toscaneque like par of Slovenia where local wine is something you have to try. This is one of the best places to see breeding Hoopoes and Bee-eaters. Many Wrynecks, Common Redstarts and Golden Orioles are present in this wine country. Ormož lagoons is a bird reserve well known for it's breeding Little Bitterns where many other water birds like Savi's and River Warblers are also common there. One night close to Ormož.

Day 8
Day 8 - Birding & Departure

On the last morning if we will have time we can still try to find some local birds that we maybe missed on previous days. After morning birding we head back to Ljubljana airport.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Raptors (Short-toed Snake Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, White-tailed Eagle etc.), owls (Long-eared, Eagle, Little, Pygmy, Ural and Tawny), many of European woodpecker species, crakes (Little, Spotted, Corncrake and possible Baillon’s (mostly only heard)), warblers (Cetti’s, Barred, Savi’s, Grasshopper, River, Sedge, Great-reed, Sardinian and more). Many more species like Red-backed Shrike, Tawny Pipit, Roch Thrush, Blue Roch Thrush, Red-rumped Swallow, Ferruginous Duck, Little Bittern, Black-winged Stilt, Purple Heron, Woodlark, Collared Flycathcher, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting are the highlights.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional [English or bi-lingual/tri-lingual] guide(s) and support staff, or
  • Specialist guide fees
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the trip/tour/safari
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • All meals
  • Snacks throughout the trip/tour/safari
  • Water throughout the trip/tour/safari, or
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Personalised checklists
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares, or
  • All flights unless otherwise indicated
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature or,
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes then add within above
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional trip/tour/safari extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above, or
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 1  reviews
  1. Wonderful trip with fotonatur
    M. Delany13 Jun 2020







    Ales and all of the guides treated us like Royalty and went out of their way to not only ensure the best chance of seeing many birds but were constantly adjusting arrangements to make sure we didnt miss out. The food was sensational and reinforced what a delight it is to travel the back roads of Slovenia where mountains of fresh handmade delights await the traveller. Ales in particular was in constant contact to make sure everything was going well. We could not have chosen a better group to organise our specialised tour. In the end we managed to see 105 species of birds including some rarities such as the black grouse and three toed woodpecker over the 5 days which ended with a unique experience of being able to share our breakfast spot in the Italian mountains with a flock of 50 Ibex . Unforgettable Well done and thank you

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Why should I book with Spring Birding Tour in Slovenia?

Slovenia is small but perfectly formed, encompassing different environments within its borders. In a relatively small area, you can find wildlife from the Alpine, Mediterranean, Karstic and Pannonian world, and photograph them. Pristine and preserved nature offers an abundance of animal species, including some that are rare and endangered. In a week you could have great Bear & Bird tour. Slovenia is still an undiscovered diamond for photography.

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

We offer 3* + accommodations. We work with skoda superb, vw Caravela & Dacia Duster Include accommodation standard (e.g. 3 star, ecolodges, tented, etc) All our accommodations are right next to our hides, close to nature, forest. We do have high standards.

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

Tour leader is always free if the group is more than 3 person. So 3 + guide/leader.

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

We do offer a single supplement. It is an additional cost.

Do you include meals?

Yes we do up to full board.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

8 Days

Price & Availability

EUR1,850 / per person
Single Supplement EUR 80
This tour is operated by: Fotonatur Slovenia
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Tour Facts

  • Coastal wetlands (Škocjanski zatok and saltpans), Nanos mountain and Karst Triglav National Park, Lake Cerknica , Pohorje platea.
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax
  • 8 Days
  • Spring Season
  • 18+
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
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