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Photosafari, hides and boat trips

Main topic: see target species below

Photo season: April

Date: 19-25 April 2020

Price: 950 Euro/person
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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

Target Species:

birds: Lesser spotted Eagle, Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Pygmy Owl, Crane , Hawfinch, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Grey headed Woodpecker, Penduline Tit, Kingfisher, Ruff, White Stork
mammals: European Bison, Elk, Beaver, also possible: Red Deer, Roe Deer, Red Fox, Racoon Dog

Number of participants: min 3, 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 time to relax and look through the images.

day 1 - 14 Apr
- arrival at Warsaw airport
- transfer to Biebrza Marshes, 180 km, ca. 2h drive
- dinner
- evening beaver boat trip (1-2h)
We will photograph beavers at night from a boat and they will be lit by halogen lamps. The light will not be perfect for photography but sufficient in terms of intensity ( ISO 3200 and more will be necessary) but in the dark we may come very close to these animals and this way of photographing them is very efficient.

day 2 - 15 Apr, Biebrza Marshes
- early morning Elk safari (searching for Elk and other wildlife)
- breakfast, break
- afternoon car trip: birds and landscapes from a car
- dinner

day 3 - 16 Apr, Biebrza Marshes
- sunrise boat trip, birds and landscapes from a boat
- breakfast
- after breakfast transfer to Bialowieza (140 km, 2h)
- afternoon hide session (woodpeckers, hawfinch and other forest birds)
- dinner

day 4 - 17 Apr, Bialowieza Forest
- early morning photo-walk in the Strictly Protected Area of the Bialowieza National; it is the oldest part of the forest and you can visit it only with a licensed guide; it is a must for every nature-lover as this forest is really exceptional! 7km walk, ca. 3 hours.
- breakfast, break
- afternoon hide session (lesser spotted eagle, buzzard, goshawk)
- dinner

day 5 - 18 Apr, Bialowieza Forest
- early morning Pygmy Owl walk
- breakfast, break
- afternoon hide session (cranes, goshawk, bison, deer)
- dinner

day 6 - 19 Apr, Bialowieza Forest
- early morning Bison safari (searching for European Bison and other wildlife)
- breakfast, break
- afternoon hide session
- dinner

day 7 - 20 Apr, departure
- breakfast
- departure and transfer to Warsaw airport, ca. 4h, 230 km

Accommodation and meals:

B&B in Wizna and Bialowieza, twin rooms with bathrooms
single rooms with limited availability, a supplement of 70 Euro/person/trip needed

Transport: minibus and 4x4

Price: 950 Euro/person, deposit: 300 Euro

price includes: accommodation and all meals (full board) in B&B, transport (local and to/from Warsaw airport), guiding, hide usage, 2 boat trips

price excludes: personal insurance, flight tickets, all items of personal nature, optional activities

Recommended equipment:

- good hiking boots or rubber boots
- warm clothes for chilly mornings
- right angle finder

Note on the airport transfer:

- you have to arrive in the Warsaw airport at 15.00 at the latest; if it is not possible - let us know it before booking the trip
- your flight home cannot be earlier than at 14.00