Few countries in Europe can rival Bulgaria’s splendid scenery and natural diversity, not to mention the country’s amazing cultural heritage. Bulgaria is also well regarded as one of the best countries on the planet to view the beautiful and highly endangered Red-breasted Goose, a species which is unfortunately in serious decline. The majority of the Red-breasted Goose population breeds on the Taymyr Peninsula in the Siberian Arctic, and amazingly over 80% of the global population move down to the northwestern shores of the Black Sea to over-winter. An impressive 50,000 birds can sometimes be present in this area and our Bulgaria Winter Birding tour offers an incredible opportunity to view this localized species. This remarkable image by Mladen Vasilev showcases a typical winter morning scene along the Bulgarian Black Sea shoreline where thousands of birds take to the air and fly inland for their daily feed in the surrounding crop fields. We will be assured of memorable sightings such as this and will also have fantastic photographic opportunities of these striking but threatened birds. Other targets include Dalmatian Pelican, the rare Lesser White-fronted Goose and White-headed Duck amongst thousands of other waterfowl, Eastern Imperial and Greater Spotted Eagles, Eurasian Bittern, Pallas’s and Slender-billed Gulls, Syrian, Black and White-backed Woodpeckers, Bearded Reedling and the fabulous Wallcreeper.
Our Bulgaria Winter Birding tour promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable European birding adventure. Dates for our departure next year are 9 to 16 February 2013 (US$1,835 * £1,180 * €1,475 * ZAR15,000). The tour, which still has spaces remaining, will be led by Rockjumper co-founder Adam Riley. For further information, please visit our website or contact our office for more details.