Early Spring Workshop - Birds and Wildlife

This workshop have two departures:
Saturday 12th May Saturday 19th May 2018
Saturday 19th May Saturday 26th May 2018

Main Focus Birds.
If you are not only interested in birds, very good opportunities to take pictures of flowers, reptiles and amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies also exist.

From our hides you will have excellent opportunity to observe and photograph some of the most attractive birds in Bulgaria, for ex : Hoopoe, Bea-eater, Black-headed-, Ortolan- and Cirl bunting, Black-, Green-, Syrian woodpeckers, Warblers, Woodchat-, Lesser Grey - and Red-backed Shrike, Isabelline Wheatear, Little Owl, Hawfinch, Nightingale ...



Also, if you are interested, you can try our floating hides and photograph Little Bittern, Little Grebe, herons and other waterfowl from startling short distance.

Our main efforts are the customer to be able to photograph attractive species of birds with interesting behaviour from suitable distance and beautiful backgrounds. Normally for a week of intensive sessions our guest photographers manage to photograph really well around 15-30 species. For the one looking for quantity as a priority, numbers can go up to 50-60.

The difference with this workshop compared to the following ones is the greater chance to "capture" mating behaviour of different bird species, which are just starting to settle nesting territories and copulate. This period is also particularly good for woodpeckers (all feeding at that time).

The most interesting mammal that we will encounter is the European ground squirrel known as Souslik. Spending some time in the middle of a colony with your camera can be an entertaining excercise.

 

The Sites
During the workshop you will work in several different habitats. One of them is a dry area with rounded hills near Rodopi Mountains which is covered with steppe vegetation. We will also enter the Rodopi with its forests, rocky slopes and grasslands. Wetlands situated in the plain are another very different place. These radically different habitats, sheltering specific types of plants and animals, offer a variety of photographic subjects.

During the whole trip you will stay in a nice family owned hotel near the town of Pestera (two hours driving from Sofia Airport). Most of the hides and attractive places are 05 to 30 min. driving from the hotel. Going to the wetlands where we do photography from our floating hide will require up to one hour driving

Daily Program
Every day we will start at sunrise and after a short breakfast well go to the hides which offer space for one or more photographers. In some situations we will approach several bird species without using a hide, or using our cars as a hide.
During the photo sessions each photographer will be able to ask questions and get advices and assistance related to wildlife photography. In the evenings we will have time to further look through and discuss the work that weve done during the day and discuss the plan for the next day. On some days, our lunch can be a picnic. Most often however, our lunch will be in the restaurant at our hotel. In May most often good light for photography is until 19.30 pm or even late. After that time we go back to our hotel.

If the days are cloudless, hot and the sun light is too strong, we usually take about 2-3 hours rest at noon. For every two or three participants we provide a separate car, this allowing greater flexibility of the organization, transfers and choice of sites for photography.

For those who want to use the floating hides we provide waders in different size. Of course if you prefer you can bring your own waders or neoprene.

Level of fitness
All hides are accessible by car. For macro and landscape photography you may need to do some moderate walking.

Equipment recommended
For bird photography the minimum focal length we recommend is 300mm. Its important to bring a tripod. We can provide beanbags. A macro lens might be a good choice for insects, plants and other small things. Do not hesitate to contact us in case of specific questions you might have!

Cost
  • Group size: 2 4 photographers (The group can be up to 6 photographers in case the participants know each other and be able to work as a team)
  • Cost: 1380 EUR per person
  • Single supplement: 80 EUR
  • Deposit: 200 EUR
Price includes: Airport transfers (from and to Sofia Airport), local transportation, accommodation, all meals, use of hides, and guides.
Price excludes: International Flights, travel insurance, alcohol and all items of purely personal nature.

Note:
  • There is an option to extend this trip with several days and photograph Lesser Kestrel, Vultures ( Egyptian, Griffon and Black) terns, waders and other shore birds. For more info please ask.





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