Wildlife photography tours, 4 days / 3 nights, in Danube Delta, at Mila 23. Tours will be led by the best team of guides in Danube Delta.
These are tours dedicated to professional photographers, who want to discover and photograph the rich fauna of Danube Delta. This package includes 2 full days of boat trips plus the two trips from Tulcea to Mila 23 and back.
Being a photography tour, routes are not fixed (standard) but can and will be modified according to Danube Delta conditions, weather, water level or any other terrain information. Also, we can't have a standard schedule, we must change it according to bird flocking spots, the species of birds you want or other types of attractions you want to photograph. We can spend more time in one place, track and photograph different birds and/or animals.
We're going with up to 4 people on a boat that has 4 double bench seat (one person per seat) and a camouflage system. This way you have space to shoot in both directions, you can open a tripod on hide sessions.
This is not a leisure tour but a tour in which we focus 100% on taking photos. Mainly we will be tracking birds and wildlife but we can devote a little time for the landscape beauties offered by Danube Delta. This trip is for professional photographers who want quality pictures, not bulk ones, who have the patience to sit on the prowl. There will be no wandering, we will stay focused on our subjects and we won't miss any opportunity. There will be 2 types of photography sessions, one from a moving boat, and one standing still, hidden from sight in virgin areas, with good lighting, waiting for the perfect moment to take an amazing shot. In this 2 days we will explore diverse habitats, we will always seek new species of birds and animals for you to photograph.
The best team of guides in Danube Delta, with 14 years of experience in this field
We are on the water at times with the best light
We are also photographers and we know very well how to approach topics, how to position the boat for optimal shooting angles
We have boats built specifically for photo tours, stable and close to the water
We are always in Danube Delta, we have new information daily, where the birds and wildlife are
Very good conditions for accommodation and meals
Datas for this program in 2019 are:
|Group code||Period||No of places||Accommodation/Price|
|Fisherman’s House||Vanessa House||Dalmatian Pelican||Alexandru & Alexandra|
The column called PLACES refers to the number of available places in that period. EX: If you see 6 displayed, it means there are 6 places available, if 0 is displayed, it means there are no more places.
The PRICE column defines the price for each period. The price is per person and is expressed in euro (EUR), per persons.
*If you are minimum 2 photographers and you want this tour at another date, please write to us (at least a month in advance), we'll publish the tour an we join another photographer to make a gorup.
The price includes:
- Discover Danube Delta Guide, ENGLISH language
- Accommodation (3 nights) at the chosen guesthouse in Mila23
- Half board (breakfast and dinner; dinner on Day1; breakfast and dinner on Day2 and Day3; breakfast on Day4)
- Transfers by boat from Tulcea to Mila 23 and back
- Boat (2 full days including guide and gasoline)
- Danube Delta visitation fee, imposed by ARBDD
- Insurances of any kind
- Single supplement for Fisherman’s House – 100 euro/room/program
- Single supplement for Vanessa House – 80 euro/room/program
- Single supplement for Dalmatian Pelican and Alexandru&Alexandra – 75 euro/room/program
- Photo equipment for rent – Nikon Lenses and Cameras
- Binoculars and scopes rentals
- Waterproof cases for equipments and luggage
We can do the transfers from Bucharest Airport to Tulcea
- 1-3 persons - 150 euro/one way/car (normal car)
- 4-7 persons - 250 euro/one way/car (8 places bus)
* NOT included in the package price!
The program is as follows:
Day 1: We will wait for you at Port Aval - Tulcea, at 15:00. We will travel to Mila 23, check in at the pension, then hold a short technical meeting where we will discuss about our route, Danube Delta peculiarities and nature photography, boating rules and behavior in a natural reserve. The transfer takes 2-2,5 hours.
In the evening we prepared a dinner based on fish.
The trip to Mila 23 is on a very beautiful route, full of photographic subjects; the twilight is perfect for the trail toward Mila 23. We will not travel on the Danube but on small canals and wild lakes, constantly looking for new subjects to photograph.
Days 2-3: Our trip into the Danube Delta will begin early in the morning, before sunrise, to catch its magic light and birds that begin to feed. After the sunrise photo shoot, we will return to the pension for breakfast. After breakfast, we will go out on the water again, for our 1 day tour. We will start looking for photographic subjects around Mila 23 village; the trip will be planned according to water level and current information about group of birds in the area. We will travel to different places in Danube Delta, the routes being decided on a day to day basis, depending on weather conditions, water level and fresh information that we have on the ground.
After taking our last shots in the dusk, we will start heading back. At the pension, we will be serve a traditional fishermen's dinner. Don't forget to download your photos and recharge your batteries!
We will be looking for the stars of these places: Pelicans, both the White and the rare Dalmatians. Of course, we will be looking for any kind of bird, starting with the common Little and White Egrets, Gray, Purple, Yellow, or Night Heron, the agile Kingfisher, the majestic White-tailed Eagle and noisy Coots. We will also look for surf birds or birds that look for food in muddy stretches: Godwits, Spoonbills, Ibises, Ruffs, Stilts and others.
Of course we will not neglect the mammals, we will always seek to find the playful otters, the cautious wild boars, the elegant deer, the funny muskrats or the beautiful raccoon dog.
Day 4: After a relaxed breakfast (9:00 am), this time without sunrise session, we will backtrack our steps to Tulcea, but now, in the morning, we will have the best light for this route.
Accommodation in Danube Delta, Mila 23
You will be checked in at a three star pension, in Mila 23 village, in double rooms, each with its own bathroom, television, air conditioner and central heating.
Included in the price are meals starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 4.
Dinner and breakfast will be taken at the pension but we will take lunch to go, and have a picnic in a beautiful location, on the water shore.
Transport from Tulcea to Mila 23 and back
The transport will be made for the whole group, with an open boat, its size and places depending on how large the group is. Each person may have a luggage bag and a camera bag.
Individual transport is not included!
The boat we are using for this photo tour has been built specifically for this activity and it's not an adaptation of a boat for other activities. The boat is very stable, it has a lot of room, equipped with three benches with backrests and pillows and a seat next to the guide; the engine is made by Yamaha (40 hp, Y F40GET), the quietest engine on the market today. All tour participants will exchange places between them, so that each will be seated at a time, on the first or last bench.
All photographers will be sitting on the benches facing the direction of travel, with a very high freedom of movement and the field of view unobstructed. The height at which you can take pictures is 40cm above the water; you will look the pelicans straight in the eyes.
Nobody will be sitting cramped, perched on a cabin roof or lying on the floor.
The boat is equipped with camouflage (camouflage netting stretched over a metal bar). When we will be sitting on the prowl, every photographer has an opening through which the camera lens can be taken out.
Please take into consideration that camouflage will be used only when we're lurking. We will not go on tours with rised camouflage.
Our photo tours are done at low speed, we will not be chasing birds, we will not race. The guide knows very well what to do when you need to take a picture and will put the boat in a position favorable for everyone.
If we encounter bird flocking spots, we will stay anchored or tied to the shore until we exhausted all desired topics; we are not limited to achieving a certain route.
The boat has the ability to travel at higher speeds (25-30 km/h) but we will only travel this fast between photographic locations and only on major canals or deep lakes. In this way, we are able to maximize the available time for taking photos. In the morning, we can quickly reach our shooting spot, in the evening we can stay until dusk, without the need to worry that midnight will catch us on the way back and in case on bad weather, we can quickly get back to the pension.
Please have on you:
- Photo equipment; we recommend a minimum of 300mm lens (possibly a converter too), plus other smaller lens for landscapes or macro shots
- Plenty of storage space for your photos
- An abundance of batteries. Because we will leave in the morning and come back at night, you will not have access to outlets for battery charging or downloading memory cards
- Special backpack for you photo equipment ( waterproof or rain covered )
- Tripod or monopod
- Ointments or creams against insects
- Season appropriate clothing, long robes are mandatory, trousers, shirt and a sun hat or you will get a sun burn. Clothing with colors close to nature are recommended; red, white, yellow and blue are to be avoided
- Trekking shoes, especially for the tours to Letea or Sulina
Tel: +40 763 869 400 | +40 749 120 009
This program is done with minimum 2 persons subscribed!
Bookings are done based on a deposit of 20% of the total price of the program you choose.
You can pay the deposit by:
- BANK TRANSFER;
- ONLINE, by card, using EuPlatesc (iPay) system
The price difference will be paid to arrival, in cash (RON or EUR) or by card (any currency) or any of the payment systems from above.
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Group Danube Delta Wildlife Photo Tour, 4d/3n - half board 2019
- Brand: Discover Danube Delta