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ROMANIA PHOTO TOURS > Danube Delta and Dobrudja Bird Photography Tour in Spring (8 days)
High diversity in the DANUBE DELTA and DOBRUDJA

Bird-photography in the biggest wetland of Europe. This fantastic eight-day tour focuses on the Danube Delta and Dobrudja area of Romania which is an amazingly diverse breeding and migration hotspot of Europe! The tour combines hide-photography and stalking photography, though these two will merge together in our special photo-boat inside the Delta allowing superb possibilities getting close to birds! Please note this tour only operates in May and June and gives the biggest possible list of photographed species. If you interested only spending time in the delta with our photo-boat we have a different tour in July: Danube Delta Special.

Timing:
Fixed dates but also available upon request
Recommended period between 10th May and 15th July

Dates:
12 – 19 May 2018 – 2 places available
2 – 9 June 2018 – 2 places available

Duration:
8 days (7 nights)

Itinerary:
Day 1. The tour begins at Bucharest around 14.00- 15.00 PM local time, from where we will transfer you to Tulcea – the gateway to the Sulina arm of the Danube Delta. Upon arrival we will board to our purpose built photo-boat called ’Borzas’ and travel to Mila 23 village which will be our base for the next 3 nights.
If you can`t find suitable flight to Bucharest Airport to arrive in time we suggest you to travel a day earlier and spend the night in an `Airport Hotel`. Our office staff can help you to find the right one for you if needed!

Days 2 - 4. We will have three full days of photography inside the Danube Delta. This will allow us to enjoy a variety of subjects in this last wilderness of Europe. The exact program will be determined by the available subjects and the desires of the photographers. We will have two photo sessions daily. We usually start 30 minutes before sunrise and return to our accommodation for lunch and rest. The afternoon session will last until sunset.
After a last morning session and the usual midday siesta we will sadly leave the Danube Delta behind and travel back to Tulcea for an overnight. During the way back to Tulcea we usually keep all the cameras on and using it every time we found something interesting.

Day 5 - 6. Early this morning we leave for the Macin Mountain National Park where we have three hides in operation. You can visit the ’Macin drinking hide’ or the ’Rock Thrush Hide’. This rather dry and rocky habitat support a lot of scarce birds and our hides most probably will be visited by several species however this is not a woodland hide so not expect 25-30 species! Two people will spend the morning in the drinking hide while our guide will take the other two clients to photograph Rock Thrush. In the afternoon the other two photographers will use the drinking hide and the rest of the team can try to photograph Roller, Isabelline Wheatears or Sousliks (Ground Squirrels) from blinds or by stalking.
The following day is the same but vice versa. If any suitable subject found ` doghouse’ type blinds can be used any time. One night will be spent in Macin. At the end of the second day we will transfer you to Constanta for a two night stay.

Days 7. A full day will be spent around Constanta where we will concentrate our efforts on wetland and Steppe species. We usually start the day with Collared Pratincoles, European Bee-eaters, shorebirds or Red-footed Falcons. We will be doing stalking photography but blinds or camouflage nets can be used if required. For shorebirds you have the possibility to lie down on matrasses for lower angle.
In the afternoon we can try steppe species like Calandra Lark, Short-toed Lark, Stone Curlew, Lesser Grey Shrike, Black-headed Bunting and Pied Wheatear.

Day 8. After an early morning photography session we will return to Bucharest where the tour will end.

For more information (about the boat, hides, comfort, hide technical information’s, available bird species) visit our hides menu item or our Danube Delta Blog for the past year reports.

Logistics:
Our daily routine inside the Danube-delta is to have two photo sessions a day. The morning session usually starts at ca. 04:30 and finishes at ca. 10.30-11:00, then the photographers have cooked breakfast and a three-hour rest before going out on the afternoon session (15:00–20:00). Most photography will take place from the custom-built photo-boat called ’Borzas’. On all other days the daily programme is to be discussed with the guide.

Recommended equipment:
This tour will offer you very diverse photographing opportunities. Therefore, we suggest that you bring along lenses from fish-eye and wide angle to 300mm and 500mm ones.

Expected number of birds species photographed on this tour:
30-50 species

What to bring:
torch, binocular, tripod, insect repellent, waterproof and/or slipping proof sandals or slippers, wind proof clothing for the fast boat rides, sun block and hat.

Accommodation & Road Transport:
The hotels are of a good standard for most of the tour. In the Macin area slightly lower standard but it is clean (one night). Road transport is by minibus and roads are generally good.

Walking:
The walking effort is mostly easy throughout the tour and only once you need to moderate climb to reach the Rock Thrush Hide. This is an approx. 30 minutes’ walk but our guide can help you carrying your photo equipment if needed.

Climate:
In May and June most days are warm to hot, dry and sunny and temperature is up to 27- 33 degrees Celsius. The photography activity will be focused on the early morning and late afternoon hours however, so it will not be inconvenient.

Group size and prices:
The minimum group size is 3 photographers
The maximum group size is 4 photographers
Tour price: 1750 euro/person
This price is based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is 154 euro/person

Deposit: 400 euro (due with booking)
As soon as you fill out a booking form we will send you a deposit invoice and information of the final payment.

NEW
Carpathian Brown Bear Photography Extension
Post Danube Delta short photo break to capture wild Brown Bears from our special photo hides. The Carpathian Mountains holds Europe biggest Brown Bear population and during the Spring/Summer period this lovely animals usually present in front of our hides daily! This trip would only add 2 extra days on your photography tour.

Click here for more information >

Booking
Booking conditions

The price includes:
Bucharest-to-Bucharest all-inclusive  
The use of our unique photo-boat with photo-through windows
The use of our unique photo-through panorama hides 
The use of our portable hides and blinds 
All transportation throughout the tour 
All meals 
All accommodation 
All entrance fees 
Local guides

The price excludes:
International flight to Bucharest
Alcoholic drinks
Services of personal nature (telephone calls, laundry etc.)
Tips to guides

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