DESTINATIONS

Birding Macedonia - Greece:

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Excellent variety of raptors, dozens of bird species
  • Participation at vulture conservation project
  • Good chance to see wolves
  • Rich cultural heritage
  • Famous Macedonian wine

TRIP DETAILS

The Republic of Macedonia (former part of Yugoslavia, capital Skopje) is a small country situated in the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula. It's a natural bridge between east and west, north and south. Thanks to its rich nature and cultural heritage, Macedonia is often called “the Pearl of the Balkans". Our local guides are the coordinators of vulture conservation project. Birding in Macedonia is extremely interesting, especially because the area is not fully explored yet. Our tour will give you a chance to explore birds in this beautiful and interesting region full of scenic mountains, large lakes and extensive lowlands along the Vardar River.

 

Main target birds in Macedonia are the raptors:

Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Lesser Spotted EagleShort-toed Snake Eagle, Booted Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Lanner Falcon. We will participate in vulture conservation project.


Other species likely to be seen in Macedonia & N. Greece are:

Ferruginous Duck, both European pelicans: Great White Pelican and Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Black Stork, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Rock Partridge, Yellow-legged Gull, Eurasian Scops Owl, Alpine Swift, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike, Greater Short-toed Lark,Red-rumped Swallow, Eurasian Crag Martin,Eastern Orphean Warbler, Barred Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Olive-tree Warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler,Cetti’s Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush, Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Black Eared Wheatear, Sombre Tit, Rock Nuthatch, Tawny Pipit, Ortolan Bunting, Cirl Bunting, and Rock Bunting, etc.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Skopje airport (alternatively, Thesaloniki Greece). Transfer to Kavadarci, the centre of a famous wine area in central Macedonia and a vulture conservation project.

Overnight in Kavadarci


Day 2: Kavadarci AREA

We will visit a vulture feeding place where two species of vultures are expected to be observed: Griffon Vulture and Egyptian Vulture, and other raptors such as Golden Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle, and anumber of ravens. Slope, where the feeding place is located, is a very interesting village rich in a great variety of bird species. We expect to see a Sparrowhawk, Lesser Kestrel, Long Legged Buzzards, all the Shrikes and a number of other birds. Gray Wolves are also likely to be seen there. Then, we will come to a wonderful vista overlooking the "Tikves Lake" protected area inhabited by a vulture colony. Spend the rest of the day in the Bosavica gorge with many nests of Short-toed Snake Eagle, Golden Eagle, and two nests of Egyptian Vultures. There is also a traditional shepherd village and a famous winery.

Overnight in Kavadarci


Day 3: Kavadarci AREA

In the morning, we will appreciate an Eastern Imperial Eagle's nest with a chick located on top of an electrical pole. There is a nest of Peregrine Falcon on an nearby pole. In the vicinity, we will shortly visit Stobi, a famous archeological site dating back to ancient Macedonia. In late afternoon, visit of the Timjanik village with one of the largest Lesser Kestrel colonies in Macedonia. Evening spent in famous winery in Macedonia for winetasting and dinner.

Birds: Lesser Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Black Eared Wheather, Rock Nuthatch and many more.

Overnight in Kavadarci

 

Day 4: Cruise on Tikves Lake

The Tikves lake is a strictly protected area and ornithological reserve rich in rare species of birds, plants, trees, bats and other wildlife. There was spotted 135 species of birds. Along the lake, there is a number of caves with bats, picturesque bays, a cave church and a 14th century monastery. A large vulture colony is situated along the lake. We may also encounter nests of Short-Toed Snake Eagle, Long Legged Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Black Stork in this location.

Overnight in Kavadarci

 

Day 5: Transfer to Prespa, Greece

Prespa and Mikro Prespa Lakes host more than 1,500 species of plants, 40 species of mammals, 260 of birds, 32 reptiles and amphibians, and 17 species of fish including a number of species found only here. The mountains are one of the last European homes of brown bears, gray wolves, chamois and wild boar whilst the lake host breeding colonies of Dalmatian and White Pelicans as well as Pygmy Cormorants. Birding (Egyptian Vulture nest, Wood Lark etc.) on route to Prespa National Park in Greece. Afternoon birding at Mikro Prespa.

Overnight in Lemos

 

Day 6: Mikro Prespa Lake

Whole day birdwatching at Mikro Prespa Lake. Our target is White and Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike, Sombre Tit, and Eastern Orphean Warbler

Overnight in Lemos


Day 7: Birdwatching in Prespa and Mikro Prespa lakes

Morning birding at Mikro Prespa. After lunch, transfer to Pelister National Park in Macedonia. Several types of unusual birds can be found in this area: Golden Eagle, Ring Ouzel, Common Firecrest, Spotted Nutcracker, Blue Rock Thrush. Evening Eurasian Scops Owl observation next to our hotel.

Overnight near Bitola

 

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

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