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Serbian Owls & Birds of Prey

Discover Serbia`s birds with the Urban Birder team

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An adventure around the Pannonian Plain is one of Serbia’s best birding regions. Experience a huge range of species from Bee-eaters, Tawny Pipits and Hawfinches to Goshawks, Honey Buzzards and guaranteed Long-Eared Owls; but it’s not just about the birds. The Pannonian Plain has a plethora of other flora and fauna to be found in some of Serbia’s most scenic hills, lakes and even urban parks. Discover these delights at a slow pace through the eyes and experience of bird expert David Lindo - a writer, broadcaster and avid city birder - or one of his experienced team. The wildlife in Serbia is definitely something to behold.

Read David`s article on birds in Serbia here.

Highlights

· Experience the World Owl Capital
· Specialities include Long-eared Owl, Syrian Woodpecker & Red-footed Falcon
· Walk through the lush wooded Vrsac Hills & Deliblato Sands, Europe’s largest sand dune system
· Watch waterbirds and waders at the stunning wetlands and fishponds near the banks of the River Tisa
·Visit scenic Lake Rusanda. It’s zooplankton rich waters are a magnet for masses of waders.

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· 16-May-2015 to 23-May-2015

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Belgrade and continue to Zrenjanin. Hotel in Ecka. Meals: D

Day 2

Watch birds in Rusanda and environs. Overnight in Ecka. Meals: B

Day 3

Second day in Rusanda and environs. Overnight in Ecka. Meals: B

Day 4

Visit Vrsac and the Tamis Wetlands and Fishponds. Overnight in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

Day 5

Explore Vrsac Hills. Overnight in Vrsac. Meals: B, D


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Highlights

· Experience the World Owl Capital
· Specialities include Long-eared Owl, Syrian Woodpecker & Red-footed Falcon
· Walk through the lush wooded Vrsac Hills & Deliblato Sands, Europe’s largest sand dune system
· Watch waterbirds and waders at the stunning wetlands and fishponds near the banks of the River Tisa
·Visit scenic Lake Rusanda. It’s zooplankton rich waters are a magnet for masses of waders.

Testimonials

"Have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Serbia with David Lindo, the Urban Birder, and local wildlife expert, Milan Ruzic. Truly a privilege to have been with leaders whose knowledge of birds - their identification and calls - was quite outstanding; their sense of humour would also take some beating. Serbia - a birdwatching destination with more bonuses than the average City banker."

- Dennis Buisson



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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Belgrade where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transfer to Zrenjanin. Overnight in hotel in Ecka. Meals: D

Day 2

We will be watching some great birds including Red-footed Falcon, Common Kestrel, Barn, Long-eared and Little Owls. Overnight stay in Ecka. Meals: B

Lake Rusanda is a highly saline, shallow wetland in the Vojvodina region of Northern Serbia. Excepting the well-known nature reserve of Slano Kopovo, Lake Rusanda is one of the last remaining natron (naturally occurring high salt content) lakes in Serbia, and is probably the saltiest of all the lakes in the Pannonian plains. Lake Rusanda is C-shaped and is surrounded by pasture and agricultural land, while in the centre of the ellipse orchards and vineyards stand alongside cottages. The lake itself is alkaline - nearly 4.5km long by 300-400m wide - and quite shallow, reaching a maximum of 60cm at its deepest points. The North-Eastern bank has a large reed-bed up to 100m wide, while the banks of the southern and western shores are particularly muddy and shallow.

A total of 210 bird species have been found in and around the site. The lake itself is an outstanding migratory stopover site for dozens of species including grebes, ducks, geese, cranes, waders and gulls.

Nearby, the adjoining local park holds one of the largest and densest breeding populations of common Kestrel, red-footed Falcon and Long-eared Owl in Serbia. Important breeding bird species include: Black-necked Grebe, night and squacco herons, avocet, black-winged silt and redshank. Around Rusanda there are several good localities with red-footed falcon colonies, clutches of Common Kestrel and Long-eared Owl breeding pairs, plus Barn and Little Owl breeding sites. As well as Rusanda, we will also visit Kikinda, a town better known as ‘The World Owl Capital’. Its urban town-square holds up to 750 Long-eared Owls in winter roosts.

Day 3

We will be watching more Red-footed Falcons, Common Kestrels, Barn, Long-eared and Little Owls plus migrant Wood Warblers. Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel in Ecka. Meals: B

Day 4

We will take a look at Vrsac and visit the Tamis Wetlands and Fishponds. Thereafter, dinner and overnight stay in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

The wetlands and carp fishponds around Tamis River are some of the finest birding spots in a whole of Serbia. Offering stunning views, they are composed of vast areas of natural and artificial ponds, marshes, wet meadows and river-side forests, separated by the serene, crystal-clear Tamis River.

Birds include: Cetti’s Warbler, White-tailed Eagle, Ferruginous Duck, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, White-tailed Eagle, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Black and Whiskered Tern.

Day 5

We spend the whole day exploring Vrsac Hills plus get involved in ringing owls and raptors. Overnight stay in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

The Vrsac Hills are situated about 25km northeast from the Deliblato Sands. They are arch-shaped hills covered by mixed oak, beech, hornbeam and lime woodlands, vineyards and extensive farmland.

Birds include: Goshawk, Sparrow-hawk, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Ural, Tawny, Little, Scops and Long-eared Owl, Syrian Woodpecker and Black Redstart.

Day 6

The whole day will be spent on the Deliblato Sands looking for raptors. Overnight stay in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

The Deliblato Sands is a unique wilderness comprising 33,000 hectares of grassland, farmland and mixed forest. It is a large, sandy region bordered by the Danube, Tamis and Karas rivers and home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. The area is famed for its high degree of endemism including many unique plants and insects. The Danube sandbanks host the largest Central European Sand Martin breeding colony with up to 18,000 pairs! It is also possible to find Susliks, European Polecats, Marbled Polecats and at least three packs of Grey Wolves.

Birds include: White-tailed, Imperial, Short-toed and Booted Eagle, Black Kite, Goshawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Hobby, Saker Falcon, Little and Scops Owl, Nightjar, Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Roller, Wryneck, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Tawny Pipit, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Golden Oriole and Ortolan Bunting.

Day 7

Another day spent on the Deliblato Sands looking for migrants and raptors. Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

Day 8

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure before departing to Belgrade Airport for your return home. Meals: B

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Belgrade and continue to Zrenjanin. Hotel in Ecka. Meals: D

Day 2

Watch birds in Rusanda and environs. Overnight in Ecka. Meals: B

Day 3

Second day in Rusanda and environs. Overnight in Ecka. Meals: B

Day 4

Visit Vrsac and the Tamis Wetlands and Fishponds. Overnight in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

Day 5

Explore Vrsac Hills. Overnight in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

Day 6

Explore Deliblato Sands. Overnight in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

Day 7

Another day in Deliblato Sands. Overnight in Vrsac. Meals: B, D

Day 8

After breakfast depart to Belgrade. Meals: B

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
    • Vrsac
    • Tamis
    • Deliblato Sands
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