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Boat photosafari

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

Photo season: March-April, August-November

Dates: 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 four 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, cormorants, ducks, sometimes bearded tits. We will photograph eagles in flight so it is good to have appropriate equipment (see below) and to have some experience in action shots.

Number of participants: min 3, max 8

Rough itinerary:

Day 1
14.30 - arrival at the Szczecin airport
15.30 - arrival at the accommodation, lunch
photowalk, car trip in the area
Day 2, Day 3 - 2 boat trips each day
Day 4 - morning landscape trip and departure
photowalk, car trip in the area
11.30 - departure to the Szczecin airport
13.00 - at the Szczecin airport, flight

Accommodation and meals: comfortable guesthouse near Szczecin, twin rooms all with bathrooms, limited number of single rooms

6-8 participants - 900 Euro/person
only 5 participants - 1050 Euro/person
only 4 participants - 1100 Euro/person
only 3 participants - 1400 Euro/person
(250 Euro deposit)
single room supplement: 40-60 Euro/person/trip

included: guiding, max 4 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, alcoholic drinks, optional activities

Recommended equipment:
- 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
- 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

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. Possible subjects: wildlife from the car, beach walks with wader photography (September, October), landscapes (sandy cliffs and beechwoods of Wolin National Park)

Getting there
by plane:
Local flight: Warsaw Chopin (Poland) - Szczecin (Poland): Best option!. Details:
Thursday, flight no: LO3933, Warszawa Chopin - Szczecin: 13.20-14.30
Sunday, 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.