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Long-Eared Owls of Serbia

Led by the Urban Birder, David Lindo

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`This is a birding trip of a lifetime and if you don`t see an owl whilst you are with us, I will eat my binoculars!` - David Lindo

Visit Kikinda, situated near the Romanian border, the undisputed owl capital of the world. Its humble town square plays host to an upwards of 750 Long-Eared Owls that adorn the trees during the day. So important are these gatherings that Kikinda’s town square has now been declared as a nature reserve. During the course of the tour, we will visit other great birding sites to see the Hen Harrier, Great Grey Shrike, Syrian Woodpecker, Common Crane, hordes of waterfowl and yet more owls including Barn, Little and Short-Eared Owls.

Highlights

· Experience the biggest gathering of Long-Eared Owls in the world

· Visit Kikinda, the World Owl Capital

· Also a great chance of seeing Barn and Little Owls

· Other specialities include Common Cranes, geese and Great Grey Shrike

· And of course, the Serbian hospitality and food

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· 30-Nov-2014 - 04-Dec-2014

· 29-Nov-2015 - 03-Dec-2015

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Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from airport to Ečka. Overnight in Ečka.

Day 2

Visit Kikinda town, a World Owl Capital. Overnight in Ečka

Day 3

A day spent birding at Bačko Gradište and Fantast Castle. Overnight in Ečka

Day 4

Go bird watching at Slano Kopovo Nature Reserve. Overnight stay in Ečka.

Day 5

Transfer to Belgrade airport for flight home.


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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Belgrade airport where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative. Transfer to a comfortable hotel in Ečka, your base for the duration of your stay in Serbia. Overnight in Ečka. Meal plan: D

Day 2

Travel to Kikinda town, the World Owl Capital. This unique site is a town square which hosts the largest Long-eared Owl roosting site of approximately 750 birds. Additional Long-Eared Owl roosts will be visited in the near surroundings of Kikinda where you will have the opportunity to take close up photographs of the owls. You will be also looking for urban dwelling Short-eared Owls, Little Owls and Syrian Woodpeckers, as well as stopping to spot Hen Harriers and Great Grey Shrikes. In the evening, return to Zrenjanin. In this city, you will have dinner in local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to Ečka. Overnight stay. Meal Plan: B, D

Day 3

After breakfast, visit Bačko Gradište village which houses a medium sized Long-eared Owl roost of up to 150 birds. Since 2006, Night Herons have also overwintered here - a very unusual case of successful winter stays of a typical long distant migrant. On the way to Fantast Castle, your next destination, you will be pass one of the largest carp fishponds in Serbia where you will be able to look for Pygmy Cormorants and other wildfowl. At Fantast Castle, look for wintering Long-eared and Short-eared Owl as well as signs of Little and Barn Owls in the stables of a local farm. In the evening, stop at Bečej for dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Ečka. Meal Plan: B, D

Day 4

After breakfast, travel to Slano Kopovo Nature Reserve, an area of vast alkaline grasslands, shallow salty lakes and reedbeds. This is the most famous site for Common Crane migration in Serbia as it attracts up to 20,000 birds a day. Several thousand White-fronted Geese and various ducks will also be present. Every winter, several Red-breasted Geese stop here on the way to Black Sea coast, and Saker Falcons can be seen on the hunt. In the evening, have dinner in Novi Bečej before heading back to your hotel. Overnight in Ečka. Meal Plan: B, D

Day 5

After breakfast, depart to Belgrade airport for your flight home. Meal Plan: B

Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from airport to Ečka. Overnight in Ečka.

Day 2

Visit Kikinda town, a World Owl Capital. Overnight in Ečka

Day 3

A day spent birding at Bačko Gradište and Fantast Castle. Overnight in Ečka

Day 4

Go bird watching at Slano Kopovo Nature Reserve. Overnight stay in Ečka.

Day 5

Transfer to Belgrade airport for flight home.

What's included

  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and some other meals. See meal plan
  • Tour leader and local birding guides
  • Transport
  • Park and site entry fees
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    Places Visited
    • Belgrade
    • Zrenjanin
    • Kikinda
    • Rusanda
    • Backo
    • Gradiste
    • Becej
    • Slano Kopovo
    • Novi Becej
    • Ecka
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