In the land of Birds of Prey, Bisons and Elks

Podlasie region is famous for its abundance of birds of prey and great watching spots for species such as Common Buzzard,  Honey-buzzard, Common Kestrel, Erurasian Hobby, Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sprarrowhawk, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Mantagu’s Harrier, Hen Harrier, Golden Eagle. It is a great place to visit during summer.

Price: 765 EUR, two beds room.
Price: 885 EUR, Single bed room.

18.08 – 26.08.2018 – 9 days

Day 1

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. In the afternoon, we go on our first trip to the forest. Sightings of Lesser Spotted Eagle are expected.

Day 2

In the morning you will have an eight kilometers walk through the fabulous Bialowieski 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. Sightings of White-backed Woodpecker and Three-toed Woodpecker are expected. In the afternoon we will travel to Southern parts of the Siemianowka lake to watch White-tailed Eagle, Greater spotted Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Black Stork, Marsh Harrier.

Day 3

We set off on a trip to find the biggest European animal – a bison. It has a population of over seven hundred which might seem quite high but in fact it is very difficult to observe a bison in its natural environment. Today, you will also have a chance to observe Lesser Spotted Eagle, Northern Goshawk and Mantagu’s Harrier. In the evening we will try to spot European Nightjar.

Day 4

After breakfast we go to the forest to see woodpeckers, there are eleven species awaiting to be seen. If we are lucky it will be also possible to see Hazel Grouse. At noon we go around different landscapes to observe birds of prey, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Mantagu’s Harrier and other birds, Hoopoe and Corn Crake.

Day 5

Today we set off to the valleys of Narew and Biebrza rivers where the biggest Polish National Park is located. Biebrza National Park is a huge nature complex with sixty thousand hectares and rich natural life. It is the land of elk with over seven hundred living animals in its whereabouts. On our way to the Biebrzanski National Park we will visit old fishing ponds where you can expect to see Eurasian Penduline Tit, Great Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe.

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.

Day 6

After breakfast we set off on a day long trip to the Biebrza National Park. Today we aim to see Short-toed Snake Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle and Graeter Spotted Eagle. Today we will have interesting sightings of hoopoes and Grey Partridge.

Day 7

Today we conentrate mainly on aquatic birds such as Black-tailed Godwit, Commmon Redshank,, Northern lapwing, terns but also birds of prey – Lesser Spotted Eagle, Marsh Harrier and Montagu’s Harrier.

Day 8

We will enter marshes to look for elks in their natural environment. The trail goes through shallow waters and swamps. Elks are animals which are not very nervous and can be approached at close distance so you can expect very close sightings. This area is also inhabited by one of the rarest bird in Europe – Aquatic Warbler.

Day 9

If we have enough time we will go for one last trip in the surrounding area. After the trip we will travel together to Bialystok and end our adventure in the land of Birds of Prey, Bisons and Elks.