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Capercaillie photography in Bulgaria

Capercaillies live in high mountains and difficult to reach areas. However, their superb and majestic look makes them really wanted and sought by both birders and photographers.

We offer a five day tour to photograph these majestic and difficult to see birds. Lekking males are often seen in day time allowing us to approach them really close.

You will be accommodated in a hotel and we shall do daily trips to the photography areas with a chair lift and snow mobile.

Other birds we can photograph are Nutcrackers and Pygmy Owls. The area is home to Brown Bears, Balkan Chamois and Grey Wolves. If lucky we may encounter either of these but photography opportunities would be a matter of luck.

When: April 4-8th, 2016

Group size: 2-3



Day 1

Arrival and transfer to Rila mountains. In about 1,5 hours drive we shall arive in a cosy hotel where we shall be based for the all nights. For the photography sessions we shall be doing daily trips to the capercaillie areas.

Day 2,3 and 4

We shall spent the days photographing in the capercaillie areas. Our main target species will be the Capercaillies but we also have good chances photographing Nutcrackers and Pygmy Owl. Lunch will be in a local and cosy mountain chalet.

We shall be visiting the areas with a open chair lift and a snow mobile.

Day 5



Logistics: It would be best if you could arrive in Sofia. Transfers from other airports are also possible but would take long hours driving.

Level of fitnes: moderate. We shalll not be doing long treks but short walks up to 30 min are possible.

Equipment: Lenses you would need are in the range 70-200 mm. Wide angle and telephoto zoom lenses up to 400 mm are desirable.

Clothing: Warm clothes are highly recommendable. Waterprooves, gloves and hats are a must. If sunny, sunglasses are also highly desireable. Do wear thermal underwear and thick socks. Snow can be rather deep reaching over 1 m.


Capercaillie, image: Iordan Hristov
Capercaillie, image: Iordan Hristov
Capercaillie, image: Iordan Hristov
Capercaillie, image: Iordan Hristov
Capercaillie, image: Iordan Hristov