South of Montenegro Birding: Lakes, Fields & Adriatic Coast
This 8-day South of Montenegro Birding trip is leisurely paced and available on request. In contrast to the mountainous north of Montenegro, the southern region of the country is renowned for its wetlands and sandy beaches where more than 280 bird species have been identified.
This south of Montenegreo birding trip will give you a chance to explore the Lake Skadar National Park by boat, looking our for Dalmatian Pelicans, Glossy Ibis, Whiskered Terns, Ferruginous Ducks, and Squacco, Purple and Night Herons. the lake also has one of the world's largest colonies of Pygmy Cormorants.
The greatest time for birdwatching at the Ulcinj Salina is early morning, when you can find Collared Pratincoles, Little and Common Terns, Kentish Plovers, Black-winged Stilts, European Rollers, Common Shelducks and Eurasian Stone Curlews while walking through the salt pans. The area is also a nesting site for Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egrets and Spoonbills. The 13-kilometre Velika Plaa (Long Beach) has a brackish marsh belt in the background that's home to Crested Larks and Bee-eaters, while the sandy beach itself is visited by Ringed and Grey Plovers, Dunlins, European Rollers and Levant Sparrowhawks. Further along the Adriatic coast, the Tivat Salina is popular for Whimbrels, Redshanks, Black-winged Stilts and Lapwings.
Other essential destinations visited on this South of Montenegro birding adventure are the karst lands and their population of Western Rock Nuthatches, and Montenegro's largest steppe habitat, the Cemovsko field, where Calandra and Short-toed Larks, Tawny Pipits and Eurasian Stone Curlew are among the passerine species. We also explore the Cijevna Canyon, in search of Golden Eagles, Eurasian Jackdaws, Alpine Swifts, Alpine Choughs, Sombre Tits, Subalpine Warblers and Golden Orioles.
There will also time for leisurely stops at the famous olive gardens at Valdanos, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor Old Town and the baroque town of Perast.
By taking part in this trip, you support conservation activities run by CZIP, the BirdLife partner in Montenegro.
Highlights of this South of Montenegro birding tour include:
- Tour the most important wetland and beach habitats of southern Montenegro, a key point along the Adriatic Flyway
- The opportunity to observe up to 280 bird species identified in the region
- A boat trip in the Lake Skadar National Park
- A chance to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor Old Town
If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Montenegro Wildlife Trekking Tour has to offer.
Alternative Tour Name: South of Montenegro Birding: Lakes, Fields & Adriatic Coast