Classic Winter Birding Tour (In the Lands of 100 000 Geese!)

© Nicky Petkov

 8-days birding tour

Date: 7 – 14 February 2015

Area: Black Sea Coast

About our tour:

The tour will get us close to most of the wintering species typical for the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Prepare for astounding numbers of geese (depending on the weather, up to 200 000 birds!), including the beautiful, globally endangered Red-breasted Goose: in colder winters 70% of the world population, or some 30 000 Red-breasts can be seen roosting at Shablensko and Durankulashko Lakes. Another bird from the World’s Red List, the White-headed Duck, can also be observed in numbers up to several hundred individuals. Other possible species include Lesser White-fronted Goose, Dalmatian Pelican, White-tailed Eagle, Eagle Owl, as well as Saker Falcon, Yelkouan Shearwater and many others.

In addition to the thrill of birding the tour will reveal the beautiful scenery of the Bulgarian countryside and its rich wildlife. You will get a chance to taste our excellent cuisine too.

Due to weather dynamics the day-by-day schedule may vary. We have one goal: the best birdwatching score based on the species composition of the particular sites in accordance with the weather conditions on the particular day. In any case all planned sites will be visited.

More information about the itinerary you can find here.

NOTE: Depending on the participants’ preferences the duration of the tour could be shortened and it could be made more intensive. The tour schedule is flexible and routes can be adjusted according to the airport of arrival and departure, i.e. Burgas can be the starting/finishing point. It is also possible to shift the dates of the tour with several days, if it proves more convenient to our guests.

LivingNature is the brand of BSPB/BirdLife for wildlife and nature tourism in Bulgaria. So that no percentage but ALL of our income we use for conservation projects within BSPB/Birdlife Bulgaria. We have over twenty-five years of experience in organising birding and nature tours pioneering the development of this form of sustainable tourism in Bulgaria. Our mission is to support the conservation of biodiversity by generating funds for the various conservation projects and activities in Bulgaria. We try to support and promote the local economy in some of the richest wildlife areas in Bulgaria as incentive for local people to take an action for the protection of the birds and other wildlife in their local area.

All the tour leaders of LivingNature work at key projects within the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds/Birdlife Bulgaria and are among the best recognized Bulgarian experts in natural history, ornithology, zoology, botany, wildlife photography, ecology, cultural anthropology etc.

LivingNature offers a variety of birdwatching and other wildlife and natural history tours in Bulgaria, including botanical tours, Brown Bear and Wolf viewing, dragonfly and butterfly tours, wildlife photography tours and mountain hiking. Nature tours can always be combined with visiting some of the sites, included in the UNESCO list of the world cultural heritage sites, Orthodox monasteries of the 18 - 19th c or villages representing architectural and ethnographic museums in the open. Tailor-made tours for individuals and couples are always possible.