Superb guiding - some of the best birding in Europe - increased knowledge of common birds - search for European specialties or must see birds
An example 10 day itinerary:
1. Fly to Krakow. Meeting and afternoon city tour. Evening introduction.
2. Birdwatching at wetlands and forests near Krakow.
3. To Tatra and possibly Pieniny Mountains. Gentle birdwatching walks.
4. Pieniny and Tatra mountains.
5. To Bialowieza.
8. To Biebrza.
10. To Warsaw and return to UK.
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Any date to your requirements between early spring and late autumn.
Krakow is an historic old city and this itinerary begins here. You will see some of the highlights of the old part of town before discovering the nearby fishponds which are one of the best birding areas in the south. These wetlands, ancient fish ponds for the old monasteries are abundant with wildfowl such as gadwall and ferruginous ducks. Bittern and little bittern, redshank and godwit are also like to be present and black storks may be seen as well as marsh harriers and Pontic guls flying overhead. Various species of geese and gulls can be observed and reed buntings and grebes including black-necked grebes are to be found. Other common birds in the area include Syrian woodpecker, scarlet rosefinch and penduline tit.
Towards the Pieniny and Tatra Mountains in the south you will probably come across ring ouzel, woodpeckers such as white backed, three-toed and black woodpecker, wallcreeper, Alpine accentor and we will try and show you hazel grouse. Owls such as pygmy or Ural owls and even eagle owls may also be seen.
Head across country stopping off en route for birding in specific localities before reaching Roztocze National Park, another good area for woodpecker species. Your next destination is Bialowieza in the far east of the country, this famous ancient temperate forest of Europe is a special place. In fact, the whole region is excellent for wildlife and birding.
Wolves, European bison and a wide range of other animals inhabit the woods of Bialowieza. Hawfinch, three-toed woodpecker, marsh tit, grey shrike, common crane and eagles including lesser-spotted and with luck great-spotted can be found among others. Tengmalm's and pygmy owls often respond to calls in various known locations in these forests.
A short drive and good birding day further north you reach the Ramsar site of Biebrza, one of Poland's bird watching gems. The marshes here are interspersed with grasslands and there are numerous hides and towers for bird watching. In May ruff and great snipe display in abundance and many other waders are present. Overhead black storks, greater-spotted and white-tailed eagles, marsh and Montagu's harrier can be seen. The diversity here is immense from little crake, black-necked and red-necked grebe to citrine wagtail and aquatic warbler to Ortolan bunting and white-winged black tern. From boats on the wetlands you may also see beaver and elk which are abundant here, wolves have been encountered too.
Reluctantly you will leave the east and return to Warsaw. There may be some time to explore the heart of the city before your return flight to the UK.
There is a tremendous diversity to Poland and with such habitats it is possible to concentrate itineraries on special interests, please contact us so that we can design your preferred itinerary, whether it is for specialties or for general birding.