A photo tour that focused a lot of field experience, in two great locations for hides photography. We shoot only from hides professionally constructed and managed by professionals.
In winter 2017/2018 we have one group of this kind, dedicated to photography in hides to vultures, eagles, jackals and buzzards but you can look at the other programs, which include these hides.
We do this tour with up to 4 people + tour lider / guide. In hides we stay within 3 person (two photographers + guide, also a professional photographer) in both locations.
We chose Bulgaria as a destination because it is close and there we found people who really do their job well. Hides are built very good, in perfect places. Tour includes three days of photography in hides in the Rhodope Mountains, to vultures and eagles feeding places plus two days in other hides, to jackals and buzzards.
We have X% chance to see and photograph:
|Species / month / %||Jan|
|Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)||90|
|Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)||70|
|Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus)||20|
|Raven (Corvus corax)||90|
|White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)||20|
|Jackal (Canis aureus)||90|
|Fox (Vulpes vulpes)||70|
|Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)||90|
|Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)||90|
|Rough-legged buzzard (Buteo lagopus)||80|
|Magpie (Pica pica)||90|
|Jay (Garrulus glandarius)||90|
These figures are approximate, are not given guaranteed.
The data for this tour is:
16 to 21 January 2018
Number of places: 4 Places available: 4
Bookings can be done until January 1st 2018
Do you want this program in another period? If you are at least 2 photographers and you want this group in another period (between October 15, 2017 and April 10, 2018), send an email with your request and we’ll make you an offer.
The price of this tour is:
700 euro / person
The price is in euro (EUR).
The price include:
- Transport Bucharest – Rhodope – Shumen and back to Bucharest (our own minibus of 8 places)
- Accommodation for 5 nights, in duble or triple rooms, in 3* location
- Dinners for 5 evenings
- Guide/tour lider for all the program
- 3 days in hide for Vultures and Eagles, including the bait (food) for birds
- 2 days in hide for Jackals and Buzzards, including the bait (food) for birds and animals
- Tips for local guide and accommodation location’s stuff
The price DO NOT include:
- Breakfasts and Lunches (at this time we are in hides)
- Any kind of insurance
- Single supplement = 120 euro/pers/tour
- Nikon photo lenses and camera to rent
- Waterproof cases for equipments and luggage
- Binoculars and scopes rentals
The program is:
Day 1 – We meet at 5:00 in Bucharest (we set a meeting place where all participants cna come easy) and we depart to Rhodope Mountains. We have to drive for about 10 hours, we’ll have short breaks but not too many, I want to cross the Mountains on daylight, the road is not in a good condition. We accommodate in the local facilitie, we eat a good diner and we have a technical meeting. We go to sleep early, the wake up is at 4:00, we have to be in the hide until dawn.
Days 2, 3 and 4 – A coffee / tea at 4:30 and departure to hides. We dedicate all day to photography. Please notice that it is not possible to come to the hide later and is not possible to go out on daylight without ruining everybody chaces to photograph any bird that day or next days. Eagles and Vultures are not domesticated, are WILD (we are doing wildlife photography) and are very afraid of humans and cars. We come and go early in the mornig and late in the evening (after dark). The transfers from pension to hides and back is done with 4X4 cars, for the entire gruop in the same time. We do not want too much traffic there.
Day 5 – Breakfast early in the morning and departure to Jackals and Buzzards hides. Here everything is already set, just enter to the hides and use the evening magic light. In the evening we’ll have a good traditional Bulgarian dinner in the city of Shumen.
Day 6 – Breakfast early in the morning and we enter in the hides, we spend all day for photography and after sunset we depart to Bucharest, around 21:00 we’ll be in Bucharest.
In total, we’ll have 5 days of photography and one day of drive to Rhodope Mountains.
Is done in a very small village into the mountains, in a small and clean location, at mountains conditions (do not expect luxury). Their classification is of 3 stars, conditions are at the limit of this 3 stars. We have available double and triple rooms. The location have only 3 rooms so single possibilities are limited.
In Shumen (BG), we’ll stay in a very nice pension, they can offer single rooms.
Dinners are cooked by the host and are only fresh cooked meals of the day so contain a soup, a main dish and a dessert.
For breakfast and lunch you can bring food from home, from the local shop (very limited offers) or we can order food to go from the pension (not included in the tour price)
Transfers Bucharest – Rhodope – Shumen and back:
Are done with our minibus (8 places). Every photgrapher have enough space for a big luggage and a photo backpack.
Eagles and Vultures – Are the best 2 hides in the area, built very proffesional, in very good places, with good light on birds.
In front of these hides, the birds are feed regulary since 20 years. Because they found food here all the time, also foxes, wolves, eagles, vultures, ravens, even hawks are coming here all the time. Before every group we put a cow carcass (or few stomachs (better but not always available) in front of the hides, at a good distance for photography.
We enter and exit from hides ONLY on dark. Phones will always be on silent and you do not use it for talk.
Jackals and Buzzards – The same, are the best 2 hides I know for this kind of photography. They feed regulary this places so birds and animals are used to search for food in this area.
Rules in the hides – please read!
Please have with you:
- Photo equipment, we reccommend a minimum 300 mm lens (+ tele convertor)
- Plenty of cards
- Spare batteries
- Clothes according to the season. Please notice that you’ll STAY, not move into the hide. Please wear thick winter socks, good trousers and jacket (all 3-4 layers have to be good quality). Please do not use rustling clothing.
- If you are not from European Union, please check the visa requirement.
Food for hide:
Try as much as possible not to use rustling packages. Take with you what you eat and how much you eat, not more, not less. If you’ll dedicate your time to meals, you’ll don’t make too many photos.
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Bookings are done based on a deposit of 50% of the program price. The rest will be paid until “bookings until” of every tour data.
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In case of extrem weather conditions (hard snowing, closed roads) started before departure, the money will be returned (entire amount).
For clients coming from other country, in case of extrem weather conditions started at that time, our agency has no obligation to compensate customers in any way for expenses related to flights or other kind of transportations or accommodations (other the described in the tour program).
Also, for extreme weather conditions started during the tour and the returning home it is not possible, our agency has no obligation to pay accommodation for more nights then described in the tour program or other expenses.
In the last 10 years in Bulgaria roads were not blocked more than half a day due to snowfall but in Romania this phenomenon was happened for periods of several days.
This program is done for minimum 2 persons subscribed.
Eagles, Vultures, Jackals and Buzzards from hide, photo tour in Bulgaria - group 2018
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