This trip is for anyone who is interested in nature. During your stay you will have a chance to take marvelous photos and see picturesque landscapes typical only for this part of Poland. Early Spring in Bialowieza and Biebrza is full of vivid pictures.
24.03 – 01.04.2018 – 9 days
Price 765 EUR, double rooms
Price 825 EUR, single room
We meet together in Bialystok (for additional price we can meet up in Warsaw and transport you to the final destination) and travel to the Bialowieza Forest where you will stay for a couple of days. After diner we go on a trip to see different natural environments and forests present in the Bialowieza Forest. You will have a chance to see different types of birds – Hazel Grouse, Redwing, Eurasian Treecreeper, Bohemian Waxwing. A chance to take photos of the smallest European owl- Eurasian Pygmy Owl
Today we have an eight kilometers walk through the fabulous Bialowieza National Park in the natural protection zone where you can see an untouched primeval forest as it was thousands years ago. The trail goes through 250 years-old oak – hornbeam – tilia forest stands. During early spring, you can observe all types of woodpeckers who live in the neighboring area – Great spotted woodpecker, Middle spotted woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
Early in the morning we set off to a neighboring forest where around seven hundred bisons live. The forest is a part of the Bialowieza Forest but not the National Park. Here, we look for bisons who despite their huge sizes are very difficult to come across during warmer seasons. In the afternoon, we go to a lake Siemianowka to observe Marsh Harrier, Great Grey Shrike, Great Egret, also at this time numerous species of Dabbling Ducks: Tufted Duck, Garganey, Teal, Wigeon, Pintail.
Today, we set off to observe bisons one more time. This time, not in the forest but in more open landscapes. Until the end of April, bisons tend to leave forest and breed on autumn sown grains. It isavery good spot to take photos in open area. Such landscape also allows us to watch winter specific species- Bohemian Waxwing, Horned Lark, Snow Bunting also Grey Partridge and Rough-legged Buzzard.
We leave Bialowieza Forest and travel to Biebrza valley. On our way we stop near fishing ponds to watch Eurasian penduline tit, Great reed warbler, Sedge warbler, Red-necked grebe, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe and with bit of luck Eurasian Bittern.
On the way, we travel through one of the least inhabited places in Poland with only fifty inhabitants per square meter. You will have a chance to observe marvelous landscapes made of meadows, fields and quaint wooden villages typical only for this region in Poland. An unforgettable opportunity to see a true mosaic of cultures that make up this region with influences of Belorussian, Polish and Ukrainian cultures visible on every step.
We spend most of the time in the Biebrza valley and we concentrate on elks and Common cranes. Elk is the biggest animal in the surrounding area with population of around seven hundred. In the Biebrza National Park hunting for those animals is forbidden so they have no fear of humans and it is quite often possible to take photos at close distance 25m – 50m (even closer). At the same time Common cranes presence in this area is the biggest in whole Poland. Thousands of Common cranes and ohter tooting birds make perfect conditions to take photos.
Observations in the flooding areas of the Biebrza river. The leading motives are aquatic birds and songbirds, we will try to take photos of Bluethroat.
In the evening we will go on a trip to take photos of tooting Eurasian Woodcock and wandering elks.
We start with sightseeing and taking photos of landscapes. Sunshine over swamps with frequent fogs will add a romantic touch to your photos. You will have a chance to take photos of Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Whooper Swan. With a bit of luck we will come across bibers and otters.
Breakfast and farewell wtih the land of Bisons, Elks, Woodpeckers, Owls and Water birds. We look forward to spending another early Spring in Bialowieza and Biebrza with you!