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Photosafari, photohides

Main topic: see target species below

Photo season: September, October

Date:
16-22 September 2020
7-13 October 2020
Price: 1050 Euro/person
Click to view the images


Locations:

Biebrza Marshes (NE Poland, Biebrza National Park) - vast area of pristine marshland and meandering Biebrza River
Bialowieza Forest (NE Poland, Bialowieza National Park) - last primeval deciduous forest in Central Europe, World Heritage area

Have a look at the map of locations: http://www.wildforest.pl/en/locations.html

We will photograph wildlife from permanent and temporary hides, at drinking pools, during photowalks and photosafari.

Exemplary species which can be photographed during this trip:

Note! We cannot guarantee any of the species listed above. The success will depend on the general wildlife situation, weather and water level which is different every year.
Crane places accessibility depends on water level very much!


birds:
crane hides (temporary and mobile): Cranes (roosting), White-tailed Eagle, White Egret, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Whooper Swan, geese, waders etc.
raptor hides (permanent): Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, chances for White-tailed Eagle
reflection pool/feeder hides (permanent): Blackbird, Goldfinch, Siskin, Greenfinch, Hawfinch, Grey Headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crossbill, Bullfinch and many more
photo walk: Hazel Hen (difficult!)

mammals: main: European Bison, Elk, additional: Red Deer (rutting, September), Roe Deer, Red Fox, Racoon Dog, Pine Marten

Number of participants: min 6, max 8

Rough itinerary:

The photo sessions will usually take place early in the morning (ca. 4h) and in the afternoon/evening (ca. 4-6h) to take advantage of the best light and best wildlife activity. In the middle of the day you will have a break to relax and look through the images. We will work in two 4-person groups.

Day 1
- arrival at Warsaw airport
- transfer to Biebrza Marshes, (180 km, ca. 2-3h drive)
- dinner

Day 2 - Biebrza Marshes
- all day Elk safari (searching for Elk and other wildlife)
- late transfer to Bialowieza Forest, (150 km, ca. 2h drive
- dinner

Day 3 - Bialowieza Forest
- early morning bison safari / crane hide session
- breakfast, break
- afternoon guided walk in the oldest part of the Bialowieza National Park , (7km walk, ca. 3-4 hours)
- dinner

Day 4 - Bialowieza Forest
- early morning bison safari / crane hide session
- breakfast, break
- afternoon hide sessions
- dinner

Day 5 - Bialowieza Forest
- early morning bison safari / crane hide session
- breakfast, break
- afternoon hide sessions
- dinner

Day 6 - Bialowieza Forest
- early morning bison safari / crane hide session
- breakfast, break
- afternoon hide sessions
- dinner

Day 7
- breakfast
- departure and transfer to Warsaw airport, ca. 4h, 230 km

Accommodation and meals:

Biebrza:
B&B, twin rooms, bathrooms shared between 2 rooms
Bialowieza:
Rousseau's Manorhouse: http://www.dworysko.info/loft-u-jana-jakuba/
twin rooms, all with bathrooms, no single rooms!
Dwor Bartnika restaurant: https://www.dworbartnika.pl/ - meals

Transport: minibus and 4x4

Price: 1050 Euro/person, deposit: 250 Euro

price includes: accommodation and all meals (full board) in B&B, transport (local and to/from Warsaw airport), guiding, hide usage
price excludes: personal insurance, flight tickets, all items of personal nature, optional activities

Recommended equipment:

- good hiking boots
- warm clothes for chilly mornings
- right angle finder
- rubber boots / waders (might be useful to get to the crane hides; we have some pairs to rent; ask for details before coming)

Note on the airport transfer:

- you have to arrive in the Warsaw airport at 14.00 at the latest; if it is not possible - let us know it before booking the trip
- your flight home should not be earlier than at 14.00