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Serbian Birds of prey and Owls Spring Tour - 8 days / 7 nights, 17-24 May 2014

Red-footed falcon on Rusanda Red-footed falcon on Rusanda

Guaranteed departure: 17 May -24 May 2014

Program itinerary:

Day 1 - Belgrade - Zrenjanin

After arriving in Belgrade we will head to Zrenjanin.  Later we will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at a hotel in Ecka.


Day 2 – Kikinda, Rusanda and environs  

We will be watching some great birds including Red-footed Falcon, Common Kestrel, Barn, Long-eared and Little Owls. Overnight stay in Ecka.


Day 3 – Rusanda and environs

We will be watching more Red-footed Falcons, Common Kestrels, Barn, Long-eared and Little Owls plus migrant Wood Warblers. Overnight stay in Ecka.


Day 4 – Zrenjanin - Vrsac, Tamis

We will take a look at Vrsacand visit the Tamis Wetlands and Fishponds. Thereafter, dinner and overnight stay in Vrsac.


Day 5 – Vrsac

We spend the whole day exploring Vrsac Hills plus get involved in ringing owls andraptors. Overnight stay in Vrsac.


Day 6 – Vrsac

The whole day will be spent on the Deliblato Sands looking for raptors.Overnight stay in Vrsac.


Day 7 – Deliblato Sands

Another day spent on the Deliblato Sands looking for migrants and raptors. Overnight stay in Vrsac.


Day 8 – Vrsac - Belgrade

After breakfast we will depart to Belgrade.


Site 1 (Important Bird Area)

Lake Rusanda is a highly saline, shallow wetland in the Vojvodina region of Northern Serbia. Beside the well know nature reserve Slano Kopovo, this lake is one of the lastremaining natron lakes in Serbia and is probably the saltiestin the whole of Pannonian plains. Lake Rusanda is C-shaped and is surrounded by pastureand agricultural landwhile in the centre of the ellipse are orchards and vineyards with cottages. The lake itself isalkaline nearly 4.5 km long by 300-400 m wide and quite shallow being a maximum of 60 cm at its deepest points. On the northeastern bank there is a large reed-bed up to 100 mwide whilst the rest of the lake, especially southern and western shores, have muddy shallow banks.

A total of 210 bird species have beenfound in and around the site. The lake itself is anoutstanding migratory stopover site for dozens of species including grebes, ducks, geese, cranes, waders and gulls.

Nearby, the adjoining local park holds one of the largestand densest breeding populations of Common Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon and Long-eared Owl in Serbia. Important breeding bird species include Black-necked Grebe, Night and Squacco Herons, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt and Redshank. Around Rusanda there are several good localities with Red-footed Falcon colonies, clutches of Common Kestreland Long-eared Owl breeding pairs, plus Barn and Little Owl breeding sites. As well as Rusanda, we will also visit Kikinda, a town betterknown as The World Owl Capital. Its urban townsquare holds up to 750 Long-eared Owls in winter roosts.


Site 2 (Important Bird Area)

The wetlands and carp fishponds around Tamis River are one of the finest birding spots in a whole of Serbia. They consist of vast areas ofnatural and artificial ponds, marshes, wet meadows and riverine forests scattered around a slow flowing Tamisriver.

Birds include: Cetti’s Warbler, White-tailed Eagle, Ferruginous Duck, Night Heron, SquaccoHeron, White-tailed Eagle, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Black and Whiskered Tern.


Site 3 (Important Bird Area, Nature Reserve)

The Vrsac Hills are situated about 25km northeast from the Deliblato Sands. They are arch-shaped hills covered by the mixed oak, beech, hornbeam and lime woodlands, vineyards and extensive farmland.

Birds include: Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Ural, Tawny, Little, Scops and Long-eared Owl, Syrian Woodpecker and Black Redstart.


Site 4 (Important Bird Area, Nature Reserve)

The Deliblato Sands is a unique wilderness comprising 33,000 hectares of grassland, farmland and mixed forest. It is alarge sandy region bordered by the Danube, Tamis and Karas rivers and is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. It’sfamed for its high degree of endemism including many unique plants and insects. The Danube sandbanks host the largest Central European Sand Martin breeding colony with up to 18,000 pairs!

It is also possible to find Susliks, European Polecats, Marbled Polecats and at leastthree packs of Grey Wolves.

Birds include: White-tailed, Imperial, Short-toed andBooted Eagle, Black Kite, Goshawk, Long-legged Buzzard,Hobby, Saker Falcon, Little and Scops Owl, Nightjar, Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Roller, Wryneck, Crested Lark, SandMartin, Tawny Pipit, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrike,Lesser Grey Shrike, Golden Oriole and Ortolan Bunting.



Price per person are in EUR and in GBP in double room:

Number of persons

10 pax

15 pax

20 pax


653 EUR/556 GBP

571 EUR/486 GBP

506 EUR/431 GBP

Supplement for single room: 50 EUR/43 GBP per person


Price includes:
-Transfer according the program
-Accommodation in Kaštel Ečka for 3 nights (1 half board and 2 bed and breakfast) and in 3* hotel in Vršac  (1 half board and 3 bed and breakfast)
-5 x dinners in local restaurant
-Guide during the tour (English speaking guide, ornithology specialist)


Price doesn’t include:
Flight to/from Belgrade
Drinks during the meals
Other meals not mentioned in the program


Accommodation in Serbia during Spring tour:

Hotel Kaštel, Ečka: http://www.kastelecka.com/index_en.html

Hotel Srbija 3*, Vršac: http://www.hotelsrbija.rs/english/



For all information about tour and airplane tickets, please contact: Ms. Tijana Žižović

E-mail: incoming@magelan.rs or on following telephone number +381 21 6624 823

Skype: tijana.zizovic

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Kikinda, Vrsac, birdwatching, Deliblato sands

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