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Photosafari and photohides

Main topic: European Bison, white-tailed eagle, goshawk, woodpeckers, hawfinch, etc., old-growth forest
Photo season: December-February
19-25 Jan 2020
18-24 Feb 2020
or to suit
Price: 850 Euro /person
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Area: Bialowieza Forest is the best preserved piece of old, primeval European lowland forest. It is the realm of European Bison which was nearly extinct a few decades ago but which population was rebuilt thanks to the efforts of scientists and conservationists. In winter Bison gather near numerous feeding places and it is relatively easy to find and photograph them. The forest is also rich in other kinds of wildlife: Red Deer, Wild Boar, Wolf, Lynx, Elk etc. Beaver are very common along the rivers along with Otter and American mink. Old forest attracts woodpeckers, Three-toed and White-backed being most interesting.

Number of participants: min 3, max 8

Rough itinerary (subject to change):

Day 1: arrival, transfer from Warsaw airport to Bialowieza (230 km, ca. 4h driving)

Days 2-6: activities as listed below, if more than 4 participants - in two 4-person groups

2 days: bison safari – photographing European Bison and other species (red deer, wolves, beaver) in the area; ca. 100-150 km drive everyday (4x4) + short walks (max 2-3km)

2 days: raptor hides – 2 full days in the raptor hides (ca. 11-12h in a hide, from dawn to dusk), photographing birds of prey (white-tailed eagle, common buzzard, goshawk, also possible: golden eagle, rough-legged buzzard) and scavengers (raven, red fox), chances for wolves

1 day: woodpecker hide – photographing various forest birds (woodpeckers, tits, hawfinches, greenfinches, jay etc.) at forest feeders

Day 7: departure, transfer from Warsaw airport to Bialowieza (230 km, ca. 4h driving)

Optional activity:
Photo-walk in the Strictly Protected Area of the Bialowieza National Park. 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!. You will be guided by Renata Krzysciak-Kosinska - biologist (PhD), former Head of the Scientific Unit of the Bialowieza NP. Photowalk can be combined with a half day bison safari or half day woodpecker hide session. Duration: 4h, distance to walk: 7km
Price: 100 Euro / group

Accommodation and meals: Gawra guesthouse in Bialowieza village, www.gawra.bialowieza.pl, double rooms with bathrooms, limited availability of single rooms

Necessary additional equipment:

- warm winter clothes and boots
- warm slippers or socks for the hides
- chemical foot-warmers (recommended)
- portable torch,
- right angle finder - very handy in a hide
- tripod

Price: 850 Euro/person
single room supplement: 70 Euro/person/trip
deposit: 250 Euro/person

included: accommodation and meals (full board), transport (local and to/from Warsaw airport), guiding, use of the photohides, photo-walk
not included: optional activities, personal insurance, flight tickets, all items of personal nature