Tour Overview
Our 8-day Bulgaria birding tour presents with great opportunities to enjoy the miracle of bird migration. Bulgaria is known to have the second busiest migratory flyway in Europe called Via Pontica. The itinerary will focus mainly on the Bulgarian coastline and birding along the flyway for the time of the trip. The wetlands along the coast and the flyway here make it one of the richest in birds areas in the country. We diversify the itinerary with visits to a great variety of habitats including not only coastal wetlands and lagoons but also broad-leaved forest, dry pseudo-steppe, open hills, mountain meadows and coastal cliffs. This diversity of habitats is a precondition for a productive birding trip with a great variety of birds.

Tour starts and ends in Mahé
Tour duration: 6 days
Next group departure date:  To be confirmed
This birding tour can be booked as a private small group tour.

Itinerary – Day tot day Summary:
Day 1:
Mahé Island

Mahé Island is the largest island of Seychelles, contains the capital city of Victoria and accommodates 86% of the country’s total population. The northern and eastern parts of the island are home to much of the population and the Seychelles International Airport which opened in 1971. The southern and western parts contain Baie Ternay Marine National Park and Port Launay Marine National Park.
Today we try to locate the Seychelles White-eye. At one time thought to be extinct (as recently as 1996 it was considered one of the rarest birds in the world, with a population of only 25-35 individuals), it was rediscovered and is now listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Other birds of interest to encounter are the Seychelles Kestrel, Seychelles Blue Pigeon, Seychelles Bulbul, Seychelles Sunbird, Seychelles Swiftlet and the elusive Seychelles Scops Owl.

Day 2:
Mahé Island

We continue to explore the main island of Seychelles today. We will look for other birds of interest, including Yellow Bittern, Crab-plover, Curlew Sandpiper and others that may have been missed.

Day 3:
Leave Mahé Island for Praslin

Today we move onto Praslin Island, the second largest island of Seychelles. Praslin is known as a tourist destination with several hotels and resorts, as well as a number of beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. The Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve, established in 1979, is known for the unique Coco-de-mer and vanilla orchids. It has been reported that General Charles George Gordon of Khartoum (1833-1885) was convinced that Vallée de Mai was the Biblical “Garden of Eden”.
Among others, a special bird we will look for today is the country’s national bird, the Seychelles Black Parrot. The monotypic, grey-brown parrot is confined on Praslin, and is a very energetic bird, foraging for fruits in noisy flocks.

Day 4:
Cousin Island

Today we bird on Cousin Island, a small (29 ha) granitic island that lies 2 km (1.2 mi) west of Praslin. It is a nature reserve protected under Seychelles law as a Special Reserve. It is managed by Nature Seychelles, a national non-profit organisation and Partner of BirdLife International, by which it has been identified as an Important Bird Area. Today’s tour consists of a boat transfer from Praslin (preferably Grand Anse beach). The tour start from 10:00am until about midday. In the afternoon we continue with birding on Praslin after returning from Cousin Island.

Day 5:
Aride Island

Aride is the northernmost granitic island in the Seychelles. A nature reserve, it is leased and managed by the Island Conservation Society of Seychelles. The island is dedicated to conservation supported by ecotourism. It is known for huge seabird colonies, with more breeding species than any other single Seychelles island plus large numbers of non-breeding Frigatebirds. The density of lizards is also one of the greatest on earth.

Birds of interest today again include Seychelles Warbler, Seychelles Magpie-Robin and Seychelles Fody. Other birds we will look for are Red-tailed Tropicbird (still a rare bird to be seen on Aride as only 5 pairs breeds on the island), Sooty and Roseate Tern, Tropical Shearwater and Lesser Noddy.

Day 6:
La Digue Island

Today we take the trip to La Digue, the third most populated island of the Seychelles. Today, the island’s main industry is tourism, and it is known for its beaches, especially Anse Source d’Argent and Grand Anse. Before 1960, coconut oil and vanilla production were the mainstays of the local economy, which are commemorated in the island’s museum.

Today’s main bird of interest is the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, a Critically Endangered bird that has been confined to La Digue (specifically the Veuve Nature Reserve) for many years, but in 2001 after lengthy conservation efforts, some birds were translated to Denis Island and recently to Curiese Island. It is estimated that there about 300 individuals in the wild today.
In the afternoon we leave La Digue for Mahé to end our exciting tour.


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