Birds of prey photography from a hide / in Eastern Rhodope Mountains

Raptors, vultures and passerine birds photography

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Eastern Rhodope mountains is the kingdom of raptors and vultures - an area of high valued nature and biodiversity of global importance. Especially constructed wildlife hides offer the best opportunities to create exclusive photos. In addition you enjoy the scenery landscapes, relax in a peaceful countryside with magnificent lake views and explore traditional lifestyle and local cuisine. Great mix for your unforgettable adventure.

  • Photography type: Fixed hides.
  • Group size: 2 - 4 people plus guide
  • Days: 7 days trip / 6 nights full board
  • Start and end city: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Best period: Springtime, April to June.

Tour description:

Day 1
Transfer from the Airport Sofia to the lake Studen kladenets in Eastern Rhodope mountains. Accommodation is at a beautiful guest house in a lovely rural setting. The house itself is a great birding spot providing opportunities to watch flying Griffon vultures and black storks, as well as little owls, black-eared wheatear, black-headed bunting, subalpine warbler, sardinian warbler, and masked shrike directly from the veranda.

Lake Studen kladenets and surrounding nature territories are an Important Bird Area - home to the Egyptian and Griffon vulture, as well as long-legged Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Golden and Short-toed Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Hobbies, Black Kite, and the Levant Sparrowhawk. Eastern Rhodope Mountains have one of the highest bird diversity in Europe - a true paradise for wildlife and birds photography.

Wildlife photography tours are organized in cooperation with Bulgarian Society for the protection of the birds and part of the incomes go to support nature conservation.

Day 2 and 3
After early morning breakfast (package food is an option), the guide will drive you to the hide site (40 min). This is a special photography hide which is fixed, stone built, with special window glass and inside toilet. Wildlife photography is focused on birds of prey including Egyptian and griffon vultures, golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, and black kite. Fox and wolf are also frequent visitors. Sometimes the black vulture from the nearest nature reserve Dadia in Greece also comes at this feeding station. Impressive fights between raptors can be shoot as well as flying and landing birds.

Day 4
This day is for passerine birds photography. Your guide will lead you to a photography site where you will be able to shoot at Olivaceous, Barred, Subalpine, Orphean and Sardinian Warblers, Red-backed, and Woodchat Shrikes, Rock Nuthatch, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Cirl and Rock Buntings.

Days 5 and 6
Lake and reserve Studen kladenets are home to rare birds and spectacular wild flora and fauna. The wildlife photography includes Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Golden eagle, Imperial eagle, Raven, White tailed see eagle. Besides the raptors, other interesting species to photograph are the Red deer, Fallow deer, Roe deer, Wild boar, European bison, beech marten, Hermann’s and spur-thighed tortoises.

Eastern Rhodope mountains is an area of exceptional beauty and scenery landscapes. Every day view is different - a combination of magnificent rocks, green slopes rising from the blue lake water, impressive mountain ridges, and unbelievably diverse and unspoilt nature.

Day 7
Time to travel back to the city of Sofia for your departure flight.

Price per person:

€ 1020 with 2-4 people in the group

Price include:

  • Transfers to the Eastern Rhodope mountains and back to Sofia
  • Local transport specialized for the mountain terrain where needed, boat transfer on the lake included
  • 6 overnight stays at our own birding cottage, full board included
  • The hides are stone built, equipped with chairs and inside toilet, especially designed wildlife photography windows with camera embrasures.
  • The guide is a wildlife photographer specialist, English speaking

Prices exclude

  • Flights to Bulgaria and back
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

NOTE: This wlidlife photography tour could be tailor made - Send inquiry