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Level of fitness required

low

  • staying in hides 5-12h
  • high temperatures in the hides in June

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Spring wildlife of Bialowieza, Poland

Tour details

From April to June, a real explosion of nature takes place in the Bialowieza Forest. After several months of dormancy, all forest animals become very active, and most of them mate during this time.This is a good time to photograph spring raptors: Lesser Spotted Eagle and Marsh Harrier, which, after returning from their wintering grounds, feed intensively and chase away intruders from their territories. Eagles usually feed in pairs, and they are often accompanied by hawks and buzzards. Pygmy owls slowly mate and occupy nesting holes. At the turn of May and June, offspring appear in nests and burrows. They are intensively fed by their parents, who prepare their young to start an independent life.

To sum up - spring in the forest is a mine of various photographic topics.

 

Species which can be photographed during this trip:

 

birds: Common Buzzard, Crane , Goshawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Flycatchers (May, June), Hawfinch, Lesser spotted Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Pygmy Owl, Sparrowhawk, Three-toed Woodpecker (June, if we find a good location), White Stork, etc.

mammals: European Bison, Red Squirrel, also possible: Red Deer, Roe Deer, Elk, Red Fox, Pine Marten, Badger, Racoon Dog, Wolf

 

We will photograph wildlife from permanent and temporary hides, at drinking pools, during photowalks and photosafari. We cannot guarantee any of the species listed above. The success will depend on the weather and general wildlife situation which is different every year.

 

Hides:

Eagle hide: lesser spotted eagle, common buzzard, cranes

Riverside hide: common buzzard, goshawk, lesser spotted eagle, crane, small birds at reflection feeder/drinking pool

Deer hide: cranes, goshawk, red fox, red deer, bison, small birds at feeder, lesser spotted eagle, badger, racoon dog

Woodpecker hide: reflection pool and feeder with forest birds and red squirrel

Garden hide: reflection pool and feeder with forest birds and red squirrel

 

Options:

- temporary pop-up hides if we find some good localities (eg. three-toed woodpecker in June) (incl. in the price)

- Biebrza Marshes trip with beaver boat trip and Elk safari and 1 night accommodation there (extra paid)

Day 1 - arrival at Warsaw airport, transfer to Bialowieza village, 250 km, ca. 3-4h drive, dinner and briefing

Day 2 - early morning Bison safari (searching for European Bison and other wildlife),  breakfast + packed lunch, afternoon hide session, dinner

Day 3 - early morning Pygmy Owl walk, breakfast + packed lunch, afternoon hide session, dinner

Day 4 - packed breakfast, hide sessions with a midday break, dinner

Day 5 - early morning Pygmy Owl walk, breakfast + packed lunch, afternoon hide session, dinner

Day 6 - breakfast- guided walk in the old-growth forest of the Bialowieza National Park (7km, 3-4h) or additional photosessions in your favourite hides, dinner

Day 7 - breakfast, departure to Warsaw airport

1350 €/person (deposit: 450€)

Price

Itinerary

  • guiding
  • hide usage
  • airport transfers
  • local transport
  • accommodation and all meals

Included in the price

  • personal insurance
  • flight tickets
  • alcoholic drinks
  • all items of personal nature

Not included in the price

13-19 April 2024

2-8 June 2024

Available dates

Bialowieza Forest

Location

19 April 2024

lesser spotted eagle, pygmy owl, crane, three toed woodpecker, flycatchers etc.

Main topic

min 4, max 8

Number of participants

Guides

Marek Kosiński, Marian Batura

B&B in Bialowieza, twin/double rooms with bathrooms; single rooms with limited availability, a supplement of 20 Euro/person/night needed

Accommodation

all meals according to the itinerary

Meals

  • lenses from 100 to 500mm
  • tripod with detachable head
  • good hiking boots or rubber boots
  • dark, non-rustling clothing
  • warm clothes for chilly mornings
  • insect repellent (June)
  • snacks for hide sessions
  • powerbank

Recommended equipment

local: 4x4

airport transfer: minibus

 

Note on the airport transfer: We offer only one airport transfer (both directions) for the whole group by minibus. Approximate departure time from the Warsaw Chopin airport: 14.00. On the last day your flight home should not be earlier than at 15.00.

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