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Boat photosafari and photo walk

Main topic: Fishing White-tailed Eagles, Cormorants and Gulls, waders

Dates: 20-23.IX.2018

Price: 500 Euro/person
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Area: Western Pomerania, North-West Poland

Introduction:

Eagles have been following fishermen boats in this area for many years so they are used to them now. They hunt close to boats and can be easily photographed at a decent distance. They are also attracted by fish thrown by the fishermen from the boats and they can even recognize the right boats.

We will go together on three 3h-boat-trips (3 mornings). We can expect ca. 3 to 12 (on average) eagle attacks on each trip and even more sightings. The area is very rich in WT Eagles. Other possible species on the trip are gulls, cormorants and herons. We will photograph eagles in flight so it is good to have appropriate equipment and to have some experience in action shots.

Eagle boat trips are very much weather dependent. If the wind is too strong it will be impossible to do it. In this case we will make a landscape tour around the area or a heron boat trip (bigger boat not so sensitive to wind)

We will also spend two afternoons on beach photography. We will search for waders which migrate along the coast at this time of year. Usually they are easy to approach and photograph. On the first day the introduction to this topic will be made by a local wader specialist - Karolina. Look at her website to get to know that these birds are really attractive!

Number of participants: min 4, max 8

Rough itinerary:

Thursday

15.00 - pickup from Szczecin airport
16.30 - arrival at the accommodation
18.00 - dinner
19.00 - introductory presentations: photographing eagles in flight and waders on the beach

Friday, Saturday

6.30 - breakfast
7.00 - departure to the eagle trip starting place
8.00 -11.00 - eagle boat trip, ca. 3h
12.00 - back to the accommodation, break
14.00 - dinner
15.00 - 19.00 - departure on a beach photowalk (waders)
19.30 - supper, meeting

Sunday

6.30 - breakfast
7.00 - departure to the eagle trip starting place
8.00 -11.00 - eagle boat trip, ca. 3h
12.00 - group photo, the end of the workshop
13.00 - arrival at the Szczecin airport

Accommodation and meals:

comfortable private guesthouse in Karsibor www.ptaszarnia.pl, double rooms all with bathrooms, home-made meals
limited number of single rooms possible, SS suplement: 30 Euro/person per trip

Transport:

We organise all local tranport and also airport transfer for the flight Warsaw-Szczecin mentioned below (or other flights in similar time)

Possible inconveniences:
If you have problems with seasickness please be prepared for that. The boat is pretty stable but some rocking may occur. We will be exploring a big river mouth NOT open sea.

Price: 500 Euro/person (150 Euro deposit)

included: guiding, 3 boat trips, accommodation and meals (full board) in a guesthouse, airport transfers (only to/from Szczecin airport), local transport
not included: personal insurance, flight tickets, all items of personal nature, optional activities

Recommended equipment:

boat trip:
- warm clothes (incl. hat and gloves); it can be really cold when it is windy
- rain protection for yourself and camera gear; you must be prepared for rain and splashing water, the boat is open
- good walking boots
- lens: 400-500 mm full frame is best (longer can sometimes be to close) but zoom is optimal
- tripod not necessary (handheld shooting)

beach session:
- lightweight groundpod/tripod/beanbag can be useful
- protection against sand
- angle finder

Getting there

- by car to Karsibor

- by plane:
Local flight: Warsaw Chopin (Poland) - Szczecin (Poland): Best option!. Details:
date: 20.IX. flight no: LO3933, Warszawa Chopin - Szczecin: 13.20-14.30
date: 23.IX. flight no: LO3934, Szczecin - Warszawa Chopin: 14.55-16.00
Price: ca. 35 Euro one direction
There are also possible direct flights to/from: Bergen , Dublin , Liverpool , Londyn Luton , Londyn Stansted , Oslo Gardermoen, Oslo Rygge , Oslo Torp , Stavanger, Warsaw. You have to arrive in Szczecin Airport at 14.30 at the latest!
Flight to Berlin (Germany): 3h drive by car (300 km). You have to arrive in Berlin Airport at 12.00 at the latest! We can help you to arrange the transfer to accommodation but it is not included in the price.