The Danube Delta

Hide-photography in Europe’s largest wetland and the Dobrodgea steppes

A highlight of the tour should be a visit to a Collared Pratincole colony (János Oláh)

A highlight of the tour should be a visit to a Collared Pratincole colony (János Oláh)


Saturday 3rd June - Saturday 10th June 2017
(8 days)

Leader: Zoltán Baczó
Group Size Limit: 4


This fantastic eight-day tour focuses on the Danube-Delta and Dobrodgea 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!

Potential photographic highlights:

    • Fantastic selection of waterbirds from a specially designed photo-boat inside the delta
    • White and Dalmatian Pelicans
    • Breeding plumaged Red-necked and Black-necked Grebes
    • European Herons and Egrets
    • Possibility of breeding plumaged Pallas’s Gull, a rare European species
    • Whiskered Tern and Collared Pratincole colonies
    • Drinking hides in the Macin Mountain National Park
    • Delightful Souslik photography

About your boat

This 6.5 m long very stable flat bottomed boat was designed for photographers. It has four seats in the middle of the boat which are removable so when needed photography takes place from cushions allowing the lowest possible angle. The boat is installed with special photo-through glass – the same as in our hides in Hungary – on both side and also with a curtain system. The windows are turn able so photography also possible through the curtains only. The boat can be used in all weather as it has a removable roof as well.


Itinerary

Day 1  The tour begins at Bucharest airport, from where we will transfer to Tulcea for an overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.

Days 2 - 3  Early this morning we leave for the Macin Mountain National Park where we have a photo hide for drinking birds. This rather dry habitat support a lot of scarce birds and our drinking pool will most probably be visited by many species. Two people will spend the morning in the hide while our guide will take the other two clients to photograph Souslik and various steppe bird species. If any suitable subject found dog-house type blinds can be used any time. In the afternoon the other two photographers will use the drinking hide. The following day is the same but vice versa. One night will be spent in Macin. On the second day we will transfer to Constanta for a two night stay.

Day 4  A full day will be spent around Constanta where we will concentrate our efforts on Steppe species. We will be doing mainly stalking photography but blinds can be used if required.

Day 5 We will return to Tulcea this morning, the gateway to the Sulina arm of the Danube-Delta. Upon arrival we will board our special photo-boat and travel to Mila 23 which will be our base for the next 3 nights. this afternoon we will have time for an initial photography session.

Days 6 - 7  We will have two 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 programme 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.

Day 8  After some early morning photography we will sadly leave the Danube Delta behind and return to Bucharest airport, where the tour will end.


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.

Climate: In June most days are warm, dry and sunny and temperature is up to 30C. We will focus on the early morning and late afternoon hours however so it will not be inconvenient.

Recommended equipment: All sort of lenses can be used but a larger 400 or 500 mm lens is recommended on this tour. We will supply special beanbags in the boat. These are useful when photographing through the curtain or without. Tripods are essential to bring for the tour. It is possible to use them in the boat as well when the special windows installed.
 

These are confirmed prices

Important Information for Pound Payers: Kindly note that the prices shown here are based on post-EU-referendum exchange rate reality, unlike many tour operators who are still showing prices based on hugely higher and very outdated pre-referendum exchange rates. Consequently you can rest assurred that we will not have to adjust these prices upwards at invoicing, unless the Pound falls significantly further, and if there is a significant recovery by the Pound you will receive the benefit by way of a price reduction.

Tour Price: £2000, €2360, $2620 Bucharest/Bucharest.

Price includes all transportation, all accommodations, all meals, all excursions, all entrance fees, use of hides, leader services. Tips at hotels/guesthouses are not included. Price based on minimum 3 participants.

Base prices for this tour are determined in Euros, the currency in which we pay for most tour services. The exchange rates applied at the time of costing were: £1 = €1.180 and €1 = $1.110. For those not paying us in Euros, prices will be adjusted (either downwards or upwards) at the time of invoicing should there be a significant change in the exchange rate. See booking information.

Single Room Supplement: £175, €207, $230.

Deposit: £300, €350, $400.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency can arrange your air travel in connection with the tour from a departure point anywhere in the world, or you may arrange your own air travel if you prefer. We can tailor-make your itinerary to your personal requirements, so if you would like to travel in advance of the tour (and spend a night in an hotel so you will feel fresh when the tour starts), or return later than the end of the tour, or make a side trip to some other destination, or travel business class rather than economy, we will be happy to assist. Please contact us about your air travel requirements.

The Danube Delta is the European capital of the stately White Pelican (János Oláh)

The Danube Delta is the European capital of the stately White Pelican (János Oláh)

White Pelican (János Oláh) - they can usually be approached quite closely

White Pelican (János Oláh) - they can usually be approached quite closely

Our purpose-built photography motor launch, the 'Borzás', which translated means 'shaggy'(!), although this refers to the Hungarian name of Dalmatian Pelican (János Oláh)

Our purpose-built photography motor launch, the 'Borzás', which translated means 'shaggy'(!), although this refers to the Hungarian name of Dalmatian Pelican (János Oláh)

A pelican's eye view of the Borzás, with its photo-through glass screens raised (János Oláh)

A pelican's eye view of the Borzás, with its photo-through glass screens raised (János Oláh)

Squacco Herons are common throughout the delta and offer great photo opportunites (János Oláh)

Squacco Herons are common throughout the delta and offer great photo opportunites (János Oláh)

Little Bitterns are more elusive but with luck you will get one in the frame! (János Oláh)

Little Bitterns are more elusive but with luck you will get one in the frame! (János Oláh)

Bee-eaters are common and offer good chances of flight shots (János Oláh)

Bee-eaters are common and offer good chances of flight shots (János Oláh)

The Borzás and sunset over the delta (János Oláh)

The Borzás and sunset over the delta (János Oláh)

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