This is our 4-days Wildlife photography tours in Danube Delta, at Mila 23. Tours will be led by the best team of guides in the Danube Delta. These are tours dedicated to professional photographers, who want to discover and photograph the rich fauna of the Danube Delta. This package includes 2 full days of boat trips plus the two trips from Tulcea to Mila 23 and back.
Departure time from Tulcea, from Port Aval – Tulcea, is at 16:00. We wait for you half an hour before this time. We will travel to Mila 23, check-in at the pension. The transfer takes 2-2,5 hours. During the transfer, we have enough time to talk about our route, Danube Delta peculiarities, nature photography, boating rules and behavior in a natural reserve and the program for the next two days. In the evening, the host will wait for you with a traditional dinner (if you have food issues, please let us know at the booking).The trip to Mila 23 is on a very beautiful route, full of photographic subjects; the twilight is perfect for the route to Mila 23. We will not travel on the Danube but on small canals and wild lakes, constantly looking for new subjects to photograph.
Our trip into the Danube Delta will begin early in the morning, before sunrise, to catch its magic light and birds that begin to feed. The morning tour takes about 5-6 hours and we’ll have breakfast to go. After the morning session, we will return to the pension for some rest. 4 hours before sunset, we’ll start for the evening session. We will start looking for photographic subjects around Mila 23 village; the trip will be planned according to water level and current information about the group of birds in the area. We will travel to different places in Danube Delta, the routes being decided on a day to day basis, depending on weather conditions, water level and fresh information we have from the field. After taking our last shots in the dusk, we come back to the accommodation. Don’t forget to download your photos and recharge your batteries! We will be looking for the stars of these places: Pelicans, both the White and the rare Dalmatians. Of course, we will be looking for any kind of bird, starting with the common Little and White Egrets, Gray, Purple, Yellow, or Night Heron, the agile Kingfisher, the majestic White-tailed Eagle, and noisy Coots. We will also look for surf birds or birds that look for food in muddy stretches: Godwits, Spoonbills, Ibises, Ruffs, Stilts and others. Of course, we will not neglect the mammals, we will always seek to find the playful otters, the cautious wild boars, the elegant deer, the funny muskrats or the beautiful raccoon dog. Breakfast (included) is to go and we’ll eat it on the boat. Lunch is optional (you can order it to the pension). Dinner (included) is at the pension.
After a relaxed breakfast (8:30 am), this time without sunrise session, we will backtrack to Tulcea, but now, in the morning, we will have the best light for this route. This is a good chance to have good pictures from the fantastic Danube Delta. Around 12:00-12:30 you’ll be back to Tulcea and end our tour.
Pelicans, both the White and the rare Dalmatians. Of course, we will be looking for any kind of bird, starting with the common Little and White Egrets, Gray, Purple, Yellow, or Night Heron, the agile Kingfisher, the majestic White-tailed Eagle, noisy Coots. We will also look for surf birds or birds that look for food in muddy stretches: Godwits, Spoonbills, Ibises, Ruffs, Stilts and others.
What is included?
- Accommodation (3 nights) at 3* local guesthouse in Mila23, in double rooms with bathroom en suite
- English guidance (guide member of APGDD)
- Half board (breakfast and dinner; dinner on Day1; breakfast and dinner on Day2 and Day3; breakfast on Day4)
- Transfers by boat from Tulcea to Mila 23 and back
- Boat (2 full days, including guide and gasoline)
- Danube Delta visitor fee, imposed by ARBDD
What is not included?
- Insurances of any kind (International Medical, Travel or Goods)
We have a team of professional birding guides with experience in this domain since 2004. We have local guides from the Danube Delta and Dobrudja, they know the places very well, where and when to search for specific target species. We have very good accommodation and meals on all our programs All our boats and cars are safe, very well technical fitted. We have original programs, created and developed by us. Our programs have a fixed price (no hidden charges). We are constantly on the field, we know what changes every day, where birds and animals are. More then Birds, our guides can help you to discover also beautiful landscapes, mammals, insects and plants (wildflowers).
Photo equipment; we recommend a minimum of 300mm lens (possibly a converter too), plus other smaller lens for landscapes or macro shots Plenty of storage space for your photos An abundance of batteries. Because we will leave in the morning and come back at lunch, you will not have access to outlets for battery charging or downloading memory cards Special backpack for you photo equipment ( waterproof or rain covered ) Tripod or monopod Raincoat Insects repellent Sunscreen Season appropriate clothing, long robes are mandatory, trousers, shirts, and a sun hat or you will get a sunburn. Clothing with colors close to nature are recommended; red, white, yellow and blue are to be avoided Sunglasses
We’re going with up to 4 people on a boat that has 4 double bench seat (one person per line of seats) and a camouflage system. This way you have space to shoot in both directions, you can open a tripod on hiding sessions.
It’s a photography tour, with flexible routes according to Danube Delta conditions, weather, water level or any other terrain information. Also, we can adapt the schedule according to bird flocking spots, the species of birds you want or other types of attractions you want to photograph. We can spend more time in one place, track and photograph different birds and/or animals. This is not a leisure tour but a tour in which we focus 100% on taking photos. Mainly we will be tracking birds and wildlife but we can devote a little time for the landscape beauties offered by Danube Delta. This trip is for professional photographers who want quality pictures. We will stay focused on our subjects and we won’t miss any opportunity. There will be 2 types of photography sessions, one from a moving boat, and one standing still, under camouflage, with good lighting, waiting for the perfect moment to take an amazing shot. In these 2 days, we will explore diverse habitats, we will always seek new species of birds and animals for you to photograph.
Our photo tours are done at low speed, we will not be chasing birds, we will not race. The guide knows very well what to do when you need to take a picture and will put the boat in a position favorable for everyone. If we encounter bird flocking spots, we will stay anchored or tied to the shore until we exhausted all desired topics; we are not limited to achieving a certain route. The boat has the ability to travel at higher speeds (25-30 km/h) but we will only travel this speed only between photographic locations and only on major canals or deep lakes. In this way, we are able to maximize the available time for taking photos. In the morning, we can quickly reach our shooting spot, in the evening we can stay until dusk, without worry that midnight will catch us on the way back and in case of bad weather, we can quickly get back to the pension.
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