Croatia birding tours

Europe/Croatia

Rock Partridges along the Dalmatian Coast

Cres Island, Paklenica and Plitvice, 8 days

Croatia, with its craggy limestone hills and miriad of scenic islands, has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful countries in Europe; its coastline takes pride of place, a gem for birdwatchers to explore. The country has even more to offer the keen birdwatcher and nature lover drawn to its national parks, lakes and river valleys. The avifauna of Croatia includes such enigmatic species as Griffon Vulture, Rock Partridge, Olive-tree Warbler, Sombre Tit and Western Rock Nuthatch.

Our tour concentrates on locating rare bird and butterfly species while we visit the best sites in the country. We explore the island of Cres with its Griffon Vulture colony. We visit Paklenica National Park, home of many rare birds, reptiles and butterflies. We discover the turquoise lakes, cascades and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park set amongst wooded hills. The valley of the River Sava is also on our map with its nice riparian forests and villages with wooden houses topped by nests of White Storks.

We can organize birdwatching, butterfly and botany tours from 4 days up and our tour can be tailor made to your needs and list of species. The tours can be combined with Slovenia to include the Alps and other areas.

Facts

Highlights

Hotels

2 nights in Lovran, Istria
3 nights in Starigrad Paklenica at the national park
1 night in Plitvice at the national park
1 night in Sunja in the Sava River Valley

Departure Dates

May – June

Price


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Optional extensions

Extra days in Southern Croatia or Slovenia

Itinerary

1

After arriving to Zagreb we drive south to Istria to the lovely village of Lovran where we spend two nights.

2

We take the ferry to the beautiful island of Cres, keeping an eye open for Shags. We visit the Griffon Vulture rehabilitation centre in Beli. Walking on the paths of the nearby reserve we might find warblers, Cirl Bunting, Hawfinch and Short-toed Eagle. Griffon Vultures soar above the town and sometimes come very close to the road along the mountain ridge. Tawny Pipit, Rock Bunting, Black-eared Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush are fairly common on the island, which also has a rich butterfly and reptile fauna.

3

We travel along the Dalmatian Coast to Paklenica National Park. In the afternoon we visit a nice area in the park to look for Rock Partridge and Sombre Tit.

4-5

We spend a full day in Paklenica National Park in search of Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Western Rock Nuthatch, Sardinian and Subalpine Warbler. Bee-eater, Wryneck and Scops Owl can be found close to our hotel. Lizards and rare butterflies are also on our menu in this delightful place. We drive to Lake Vrana to look for breeding Pygmy Cormorant, Purple Heron, Whiskered Tern and Penduline Tit at the lake. The surrounding fields are home to Montagu’s Harrier, Calandra Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Spanish Sparrow and Black-headed Bunting. In the afternoon we visit Pag Island, a dry, rocky island with salt pans and small lakes acting as a magnet for migrants. During migration Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron and White-winged Tern are regular here along with a selection of waders, but breeding birds include Rock Partridge, Stone Curlew, Short-toed Lark and Black-winged Stilt.

6

We head north to Plitvice Waterfalls stopping en route for birding. In the afternoon we explore the national park and look for woodpeckers and Collared Flycatcher.

7

We drive northeast to reach the valley of the River Sava to bird in the forests and wetlands, where we might see White-tailed and Lesser Spotted Eagle, Black Stork, Black Woodpecker, River Warbler and Golden Oriole among others.

8

We head back to Zagreb to catch our flight back home. Time permitting we visit Crna Mlaka Fishponds on the way.

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