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Boat photosafari

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

Photo season: March-April, August-November

Dates: 10-13.X.2019 or to suit

Price: from 900 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 five 3h boat-trips. 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 and cormorants. We will photograph the birds in flight so it is good to have appropriate equipment and to have some experience in action shots.

Number of participants: min 3, max 8

Rough itinerary:

Day 1 - arrival
Day 2 and 3 - 2 boat trips each day
Day 4 - boat trip and departure

Accommodation and meals: comfortable private guesthouse near Szczecin, twin rooms all with bathrooms

only 3 participants - 1300 Euro/person
only 4 participants - 1100 Euro/person
5-8 participants - 900 Euro/person
(250 Euro deposit)

included: guiding, max 5 boat trips, accommodation and meals (full board, twin rooms) in a guesthouse, local transport, airport transfer from/to Szczecin airport
not included:personal insurance, flight tickets, all items of personal nature, optional activities

Recommended equipment:
- rain protection for yourself and camera gear; you must be prepared for rain and splashing water
- warm winter clothes (incl. hat and gloves) esp. for autumn/winter/spring shooting; it can be really cold when it is windy
- lens at least 300 mm (DX); 400-500 mm full frame is best (longer can sometimes be to close) but zoom is optimal
- tripod not necessary for boat shooting

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.

Important note
The workshop is very weather-dependent because if there are strong winds and heavy rains it can be impossible to make a boat trip. In such a situation we can make alternative photo excursions on land in the area (lanscapes or wildlife from a car). Possible subjects: landscapes (sandy cliffs and beechwoods) of Wolin National Park (full of colours in October), check it out here:

Getting there
by plane:
Flight to Szczecin (Poland): You have to arrive in Szczecin Airport at 14.30 at the latest! (there is a flight Warsaw Chopin - Szczecin: 13.20-14.30!)
Szczecin Airport: possible direct flights to/from: Bergen , Dublin , Liverpool , London Luton , London Stansted , Oslo Gardermoen, Oslo Rygge , Oslo Torp , Stavanger, Warsaw