Birding in Bulgaria in Search for Woodpeckers, Owls, Grouse & More
This 9-day Bulgaria bird watching tour gives you a great opportunity to see the nine (out of ten) resident species of woodpeckers occurring in Europe, plus some elusive species of owls and grouse, staying high in the wish-list of many birders.
Huddled in the south-eastern corner of the European continent, Bulgaria is little known to the foreign traveler. Yet, few countries can rival its scenic splendor and diverse nature. The landscape changes every 50 km to reveal alpine mountains, rivers with spectacular canyons, vast meadows and forests, wetlands, and coastal sand beaches. In this Bulgaria birding tour, the most valuable natural sites are preserved in 3 national parks and numerous wildlife and nature reserves.
On this bird watching Bulgaria tour, we explore four different mountain locations, including the Balkan Mountain - the longest chain on the Balkans that gives the peninsular its name. Its core, the Central Balkan National Park hosts the largest protected European massif of beach forest, home to seven of all nine owls breeding in Bulgaria. The Rila, on the other hand, is the highest mountain on the Balkan peninsular. More than 200 lakes sparkle amidst the green alpine meadows and rocky screes, giving birth to some of the biggest rivers in the Balkans.
Quite different is the view in the western Rhodopes - rounded, pine-clad hills, occasionally cut by streams and rivers winding through deep gorges. One of them is the magnificent Trigrad Gorge - the realm of the Wallcreeper. On this Bulgaria bird watching tour, The three mountains provide refuge to the Brown Bear, the European Wolf, the European Wildcat, the Balkan Chamois and many other species of mammals and other wildlife.
Many traditional villages in these mountains are turned into open-air crafts and architecture museums, where one can feel what life used to be like a century or two ago. Medieval monasteries with magnificent murals and icons hide in the mountain recesses.
Bulgaria Bird Watching Tour Highlights include:
- Opportunity to see the nine (out of ten) resident species of woodpeckers occurring in Europe;
- Great chances to enjoy the elusive Rock Partridge, plus other species of grouse and owls, staying high in the wish-list of many birders;
- Tour exploring mountain landscapes of exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity, including two of Bulgaria’s national parks;
- Tour tailored to get the best out of the wildlife of each area;
- Tasty local food and accommodation in cozy family-run hotels/ lodges.
Alternative Tour Name : Woodpeckers, Owls and Grouse Tour