We offer a complex of 4 wooden bird photography hides set in different habitats in the Eastern Balkan Range in Bulgaria. They are at a walking distance from one another. Each hide can accommodate 2 or 3 photographers.
The main targets include 7 species of woodpecker (among which the Grey-headed Woodpecker, European Green Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker and Middle Spotted Woodpecker), Eurasian Golden Oriole, European Turtle Dove, Sombre Tit, Hawfinch, Black-headed Bunting, Cirl Bunting and others.
Here is the list of birds, which can be photographed from the hides, the time of year they can be photographed and the chances/probability of taking good shots.
Description of the bird photography hides:
Distance to the birds to be photographed: from 5 to 12 meters
Recommended focal length: 300 – 400 mm
Tripod: Essential for two of the hides. In the rest of the hides one can use either a tripod or shelves, where to mount a head or put a bean-bag.
We provide tripods and heads for the photographers who do not have such.
Orientation / Photography direction of the hides: north, southwest and southeast
Photographic approach: We take photos through special sleeve-type curtains (i.e. naturally).
Two of the hides are designed for photographing either through the sleeve-type curtains or through a special one-way (stopsol) glass, depending on your preferences.
There are bird drinking pools in front of two of the hides – one on ground level and the second one in front of a tower hide at 8 meters height.
Costs per person, in EUR for package tours:
Number of persons
incl. 2 days photography and
2 nights’ accommodation
incl. 3 days photography and
3 nights’ accommodation
The costs include: use of the hides, B&B accommodation in a local guest house – in en-suite double/twin room, transfers from the coastal cities of Varna or Bourgas.
Single room supplement: 12 EUR per night
Costs for renting the hides per day – for individual travelers:
• One person in the hide: 60 EUR per day
• Two persons in the hide: 90 EUR (x 45 EUR pp) per day
• Three persons in the hide: 120 EUR (x 40 EUR pp) per day
* We give 15 % discount for using the hides for two or more consecutive days.
* The above costs are valid for using more than one hide per day.