Overview

Our comprehensive Central and Eastern European birding tour takes in several unique areas situated in four countries: the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Though the focus is essentially upon the region’s birds, we will certainly not neglect the many cultural and historical sites and old towns that we will encounter. Indeed, this is a region steeped in history, both ancient and recent, and there will be opportunities to opt out of some of the birding excursions for those who wish to take in a little history instead.

Central and Eastern Europe are quite simply superb for birds and birdwatchers. There are plenty of 'eastern' specialties that rarely, if ever, venture into the western regions of the continent; in fact, many species are far more abundant and easier to find in the east, no doubt due to its lack of development compared to the more affluent west. The likes of Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Saker Falcon, Little Crake, Syrian, Grey-headed and White-backed Woodpeckers (in fact, all 10 European woodpecker species are possible on this tour!), River Warbler and Lesser Grey Shrike are some of the species that come to mind. We also spend some time near the Mediterranean, taking in the delights of Croatia for Rock Partridge, Black-eared Wheatear, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Sombre Tit, Western Rock Nuthatch and Black-headed Bunting. Other more widespread but no less spectacular birds include Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Great Bustard, Common Crane, Eurasian and Little Bittern, Black Woodpecker and the beautiful Bluethroat.

We will stay in small guesthouses in good birding locations throughout this tour, and food will always consist of local cuisine. Several of the areas we visit are also wine-growing regions and we will no doubt sample a few!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Ferruginous Duck, Pygmy Cormorant, Eurasian & Little Bittern, Bearded Reedling, Eurasian Spoonbill, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Saker Falcon, Red-footed Falcon colonies, Long-legged Buzzard, Little Crake, Great Bustard, Kentish Plover, Caspian Gull, White-winged Tern, Alpine Swift, European Roller, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, European Green, Black, White-backed, Middle Spotted & Syrian Woodpecker, Tawny Pipit, Barred, Moustached, Cetti's, Subalpine, Eastern Orphean & River Warbler, Collared Flycatcher, Eurasian Penduline Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Lesser Grey Shrike, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Rock Partridge, Black-eared Wheatear, Sombre Tit, Western Rock Nuthatch and Black-headed Bunting.
Top Mammals
Roe Deer, Red Deer, Red Fox, Common Souslik, bats
Habitats Covered
Wetlands (reed-beds, lakes, fishponds, marshes, riverine woods), coniferous and deciduous woodlands, mountain crags, grasslands
Expected Climate
temperate, mainly mild
Max Group Size
8 with 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate, there will be a few walks in hilly country so a general level of fitness is required but mostly on flat, lowland terrain
Accommodation
comfortable (but not luxurious) guest houses & hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate
Number of Species Expected
200
Other Attractions
ancient historical buildings & sites, great scenery, excellent food & wine
Photographic Opportunities
good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

The ability of our guide, Rich Lindie, to locate the birds from the faintest movement or call under difficult and trying conditions was outstanding.

Glen and Dennis did a fantastic job on this tour. Birding in the lowland rainforest looking for Pittas was certainly a challenge! Glen was informative, patient and persistent, and did his best in making sure that the entire group saw these fascinating birds. The itinerary was comprehensive, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Overall, a wonderful trip.

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André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.

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André in particular went out of his way to make sure our stay was as wonderful as it could be. Andre is also a great guide, with the ability to spot just about everything that moves, even if the movement is only breathing.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2023 DEPARTURES
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