working with Pandion Wild Tours, Bulgaria.

Red-breasted Geese (and a lot more) in Bulgaria

February 1st to 8th 2020

£650 to £800 per person plus flights

Red Breasted Geese


The main aim of the tour will be to see large flocks of Red-breasted Geese – surely one of the world’s most attractive goose species? This region of vast open fields, marshes and lakes along the Black Sea coast often holds a major percentage of the world population of this globally-threatened bird.

There are also huge numbers of Eurasian White-fronted Geese and chances of finding a few of the scarce Lesser White-fronted Goose. There is very good “supporting cast” of first class birds. These should include wintering White-headed Duck, Ruddy Shelduck and Smew, flocks of Pygmy Cormorant and Dalmatian Pelicans, Yellow-legged, Slender-billed, Little, Caspian, Mediterranean and possibly Pallas’s (Great Black-headed) Gulls, Black-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver and Great Bittern. In the extensive forests woodpeckers such as Grey-headed, Black, Syrian, Middle and Lesser Spotted are often found along with Sombre Tit and Short-toed Treecreeper. Other quality birds we’d look for are Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged and Long-legged Buzzards (possibly Greater Spotted Eagle), Calandra and Crested Larks, Crested Tit, Hawfinch and Cirl Bunting. Close to the capital, Sofia, we have a good chance of finding Eurasian Nutcracker up close.


Provisional Tour Cost: £650 to £800 per person, depending on the group size. Maximum group size is 10 people. Single room supplement £90. This is fully inclusive of 7 night’s accommodation; ground transportation; all meals from supper on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8, plus all guiding costs.


It does not include the approximate cost of £150 for return international flights or a one-way internal flight from Varna to Sofia.


Our partners, Pandion Wild Tours, have been operating wildlife tours in Bulgaria for 20 years.




Please contact Ken Chapman on 07813 296 471 or via the Observatory e-mail: sbbotmail@gmail.com


There are only about 10 places available on this tour, so first come, first served!