Day 1: Transfer from Sofia or Plovdiv to the village Trigrad (2,30 h drive from Plovdiv and 3,30-4,00 h drive from Sofia). If we start in the morning we will have plenty of time in the area to see also some other interesting birds like Peregrine Falcon, Alpine Swift, Black Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Crag Martin, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Rock Bunting, Common Crossbill and Nutcracker. Short stroll in the Devil's Throat Cave is also a possible. It has its name from the fact that if you let something flow in the cave river it never comes out again. There is a cave waterfall - one of the highest underground waterfalls in Europe, 42 m high. We stay overnight in Trigrad.
Day 2: In the morning we will go to the gorge trying to find the Wallcreeper. One should have strong neck muscles because we may spend few hours in attempts to spot the hidden bird on the cliffs. In the afternoon we head for the town of Plovdiv where we stay overnight. If there is enough time we will stop for a while on the hills by the town of Pazardzhik (Calandra Lark, Isabelline Wheatear, Long-legged Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle).
Day 3: Depending on your schedule (flight or business) we either head to Sofia or if you do not have to get back early (or you have to remain in Plovdiv with no other plans for this day) we continue to Maritsa River. This part of the trip will enlarge your checklist for sure. Target species (especially during May-July) are: Levant Sparrowhawk, Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Syrian Woodpecker, Red-backed Shrikes, Woodchat Shrike, Masked Shrike, Golden Oriole, Spanish Sparrows, Black-headed Bunting etc. In the afternoon you have a transfer to Sofia or Plovdiv.
Notes: It is possible to extend the program to 4-5 days if you wish to visit the Eastern part of the Rodopi Mountains, providing the exclusive opportunity to enjoy Griffon, Black and Egyptian Vultures at one place, Black Stork, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Nuthatch, Short-toed Eagle, Woodchat Shrike, many other birds of prey and great variety of warblers. Please contact us for itinerary ideas and special quotation.
Guaranteed departures: Anytime from April 15 to September 15
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