• Long-eared Owls

Northern Serbia 2019 Winter Tour

Long-eared Owl Tour

  • Duration

    1 December 2019 to 5 December 2019

  • Location

    Serbia

  • Led by

    David Lindo with Milan Ružić

  • For assistance with booking flights

    call Sacha Barbato at Travel Counsellors
    +44 (0)1603 360 099
    sacha.barbato@travelcounsellors.com

  • Price

    £1,200 plus flight

  • Single supplement

    £65

  • Deposit

    £240 per person

  • Group size

    up to 12 participants

  • Remaining balance due

    60 days before travel start date

“If you don’t see an owl on this trip we will eat our binoculars!”

Free loan of Leica Ultravid binoculars is available for the duration of the tour – subject to availability.

Please ask for details.

“We have worked closely with David developing a bird watching tour to Serbia. His knowledge and creativity was second to none and of course, he escorts the tours with much enthusiasm and creativity which has gone down so well with guests on his tours. We look forward to working with the ‘Urban Birder’ in years to come as we continue to develop and expand on our birdwatching tours in Serbia”

Zorica JovanovHead of International Marketing National Tourism Organisation of Serbia

About Serbia

Serbia has rapidly become the most talked about birding destinations in Eastern Europe. Why? Because, it is officially the best place in the world to see Long-eared Owls. Indeed, it is the best place on the entire planet to see parliaments of owls in unimaginable numbers!

The great thing about this popular trip is that there is very little walking involved. Plus, we will never be too far away from a cup of coffee because most of our birding will be urban based.

We guarantee that you will leave Serbia beaming!

Tour overview

We will base ourselves for duration of the trip at Kastel Ečka Manor a comfortable hotel in Ečka, some 35km west of the border with Romania. The parkland at the back of the hotel is a great spot for owling. Long-eared, Little and Barn Owls can all be easily located within a stone’s throw of the hotel rooms.

Over the ensuing days we will spend our time exploring some of the towns and surrounding areas looking for owls, Great Grey Shrike as well as wintering flocks of thousands of Common Crane, White-fronted Geese and the odd Lesser White-front and Red-breasted Geese that might mingle among them.

One of the towns we will visit is the now world famous Kikinda. The town’s main square holds huge gatherings of Long-eared Owls – upwards of 800 in some years – and has been declared by the local government as a nature reserve. Indeed, Kikinda is the best place in the world to see Long-eared Owls.

Be assured that we will experience the celebrated hospitality and cuisine that Northern Serbia has to offer.

During the course of this short break we can guarantee more Long-eared Owls than you could ever imagine!

Expected birds

  • Barn Owl
  • Bearded Tit
  • Caspian Gull
  • Crested Lark
  • Ferruginous Duck
  • Great Egret
  • Great Grey Shrike
  • Hen Harrier
  • Little Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Marsh Tit
  • Merlin
  • Penduline Tit
  • Peregrine
  • Pygmy Cormorant
  • Raven
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Short-toed Treecreeper
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Syrian Woodpecker
  • White-fronted Goose
  • White-tailed Eagle

Itinerary

December 1

Arrive in Belgrade. Transfer from airport to Ečka – a 90 minute minibus drive. Dinner at hotel followed by an optional night walk around the hotel grounds looking for owl species.

Overnight stay in the Kastel Ečka.

December 2

A visit to Kikinda – the Owl Capital of the World – to see shedloads of Long-eared Owls. We will be birding along the way to Kikinda. Aside from seeing the owls we will also take in some of the cultural delights and cuisine that the town has to offer.

Overnight stay in the Kastel Ečka.

December 3

We will spend some time at Bačko Gradište village with yet more Long-eared Owls. On the way to Fantast Castle we will look for several owl species and will stop off at one of the largest carp fishponds in the country for Pygmy Cormorant, White-tailed Eagle, egrets and gulls.

Overnight stay in the Kastel Ečka.

December 4

We will spend a fantastic day birding at Slano Kopovo Nature Reserve watching up to 20,000 Common Crane and 14,000 White-fronted Goose coming into roost amongst the hordes of assembled Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler and Eurasian Wigeon in the glow of the sunset.

Overnight stay in the Kastel Ečka.

December 5

Transfer to Belgrade airport for the flight home.

Special trip notes

This trip is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Very little walking involved apart from the day we visit Slano Kopovo Nature Reserve. On that day we may walk upwards of 5km potentially over muddy terrain.

The weather can range from being mild to extremely cold so bring warm clothes.

Boots are essential for the Slano Kopovo Nature Reserve visit otherwise robust walking shoes or trainers will suffice.

Recommended field guide

Collins Bird Guide – Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney & Dan Zetterström

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  • Price: £1,200 plus flight
  • Group size: up to 12 participants
  • Single supplement: £65
  • Deposit: £240 per person
  • Remaining balance due 60 days before travel start date
  • For assistance with booking flights

    call Sacha Barbato at Travel Counsellors
    +44 (0)1603 360 099
    sacha.barbato@travelcounsellors.com

  • Please contact us if you have any other queries

    Email: tours@theurbanbirderworld.com

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Price includes

  • Full board accommodation
  • Meals
  • Transport in a comfortable minibus
  • Entrance fees to reserves and national parks
  • The services of your guides David Lindo (The Urban Birder) and Milan Ružić
  • The optional loan of a pair of sexy Leica binoculars for the duration of the tour – subject to availability

Price does not include

  • Airline tickets and airport taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Entry fees to museums (if desired)
  • Incidental refreshments at cafes and bars, plus all additional drinks