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BIEBRZA EXPLORER Artur Wiatr

ul. Jagiellońska 4
19-110 Goniądz
tel.: 604 065 162

e-mail: it@biebrza-explorer.pl
www.biebrza-explorer.pl

Extraordinary birdwatching in Białowieża Primeval Forest and Biebrza Marshes

Itinerary

 

8 day program. Min. number of participants ranges from 5 to 8. Reservation should be made at least 4 months in advance.

 

Dates:

05-12 May, 2012 - only for organized groups

20 – 27 May, 2012

Other dates on request

 

Our price only 650 GB/ person.

Single supplement 80 GBP/person

ALL INCLUDED*

 


DAY 1
WELCOME TO
POLAND

A company shuttle bus from Warsaw to Białowieża Village (Białowieża National Park) can be picked up by guests from the Friderick Chopin Warsaw airport. Welcome dinner, introduction to the program and slide show on Biebrza Marshes and Białowieża Primeval Forest will take place in the evening. Short walk throughout Białowieża Village.

DAY 2
THE BACKWOODS OF THE BIAŁOWIEŻA PRIMEVAL
FOREST

Białowieża National Park is the last primeval forest in Central Europe where about 250 bird species have been recorded. Among them, there are 14 birds of prey, 8 owls, and 8 woodpeckers. We will enter the Strict Reserve where European bison, Red deer, Wild boar, Lynx and Wolf make their year round residence. Look for Collared, Pied or Red-breasted Flycatcher, White-backed or Three-toed, Black, Middle Spotted and Grey-headed Woodpeckers. Feel the spirit of giant oak trees and their fallen ancestors. On the way back a short stop in Palace Park where the Tsar Nikolaj the II used to make Sundays walking with his family. Old trees and park’s meadows give a chance for many birds e.g. Nuthatch, Fieldfare, Hawfinch, Icterine Warbler, Rose Finch Redbacked Shrike or Wryneck just to name a few. After a short break a drive to Great Snipe display ground will take place. At dusk, a walk through the wetlands to the viewing point, from which the lacking of the Great Snipe can be admired. Although getting good views of this bird can sometimes be a problem.

 

DAY 3
SOUNDS OF THE FOREST/SOUNDS OF THE WETLANDS

Short morning birdwatching in the woods. We will listen to the concert of Chaffinch, Chiffchaf, Wood Wabler, Black Bird and Tits. With a bit of luck Hazel Grouse can also be observed. After that, the journey leads to the water reservoir in northern part of the forest. Interesting birds such as various ducks, White Tailed Eagle, Black Stork, Whiskered and White Winged Tern, Crane, Citrine Wagtail, White Great Egret and the Hoopoe may be observed amongst the other here. Spring birds include also a number of waders, particularly Ruff, Green and Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank. Keep your eyes open. Continuing our tour through many rural villages, a special Polish/Belarussian dialect is spoken here.

Were you ever an owl hunter? With a bit of luck and patience let’s look tonight for Pygmy Owl for which the Białowieża Forest is an important breeding site.

 

DAY 4
WHITE TAILED EAGLE FESTIVAL

Transfer to Biebrza National Park. Before arriving to Biebrza Wetlands we will make a few stops. First at the fish ponds where, depending on natural conditions Red Necked, Crested, Black Necked as well as different species of turns and gulls can possibly be observed. The second stop will take us to a lake where with a bit of luck we can watch fantastic White Tailed Eagle festival – several individuals of different age are gliding, hunting for fish and perching on trees.

 

DAY 5
BIRD’s RARITIES

A birdwatching adventure through the Southern Basin of the Biebrza Valley. The journey starts in Goniądz and continues along the high bank of the Biebrza River. Springtime brings the call of hundreds of singing birds, the screech of the crane and gentle titter of the Black Tailed Godwit and other waterfowl birds. We will look for both Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Hobby, White Winged, Whiskered and Black Tern, Black Stork, Crane, Ruff, Hoopoe, Ortolan Bunting, Trush Nightingale, Blue Throat, Rosefinch, Penduline Tit and possibly Long Tailed Tit, several species of waterfowl, just to name a few. One of the trails lead into the heart of Ławki Fen where springtime brings the call of the Aquatic Warbler. Other bird such as Corn Crake, Woodcock, Common Snipe or Grasshopper Warbler, River and Savi’s Warbler can be heard , too. One more stop to look for a Nightjar on our way back.

 

DAY 7
BIRDS OF THE RED MARSH RESERVE

Strolling on the trails of the Red Marsh Reserve, the view of Biebrza's rich and diverse nature is excellent. A bog forest, an ancient oak forest, marshland and surprisingly even sand dunes can be surveyed. There is a possibility to find traces of wolf and elk (the king of the wetlands), which roams this frontier. Walking through the forest gives an opportunity to look for tits including crested tit, woodpeckers are quite numerous here also. From the observation tower on the hill of Wilcza Góra it is easy not only to admire the beautiful marshland panorama but to watch glading raptors: such as Lesser Spotted and Greater Spotted Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, and other birds like: Black Stork, Hoopoe, Wood Lark, Wood Warbler, Golden Oriole, Tree Pipit or Yellow Hammer along with other species. After the Red Marsh birding, we will then explore marshes surrounding Jegrznia river – Biebrza’s tributary. This attractive river valley and wet meadows are good for Bluethrout, Great Reed and Reed or Marsh Warbler, Rose Finch, Red Backed Shrike, Corn Crake, Cranes or Sparrow Hawk as well as Marsh and Montagu’s Harrier.

DAY 8
GOOD BYE
POLAND

A short birdwatching program in the morning to give you a final impression of this unforgettable birdwatching vacation.

The company shuttle bus will transfer the birder’s to Warsaw after breakfast to flight back home.

 

*Price include: transfer from and to airport in Warsaw, local transportation, full board (3 superb Polish meals a day), accommodation in double room with toilet, all entrance cost, guiding in English (local bird experts either related to bird protection projects or employees of local national parks), sketch map of the region, bird check list.

 

Price does not include: flights to and from Poland.

 

Important note:

The program can be slightly changed and adjusted according to weather conditions and nature attractions. The program can also start in different order: Biebrza Marshes first and Białowieża Primeval Forest second.

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