Birdwatching with Falco

Being aware of our guests’ variety of interests in nature and wildlife, we try to enrich our paddling offer with various non-paddling elements, such as birdwatching, for instance. The areas of our paddling tours are rich with birds, especially in some seasons, and our guests have an opportunity to watch some interesting and rare species in their natural habitats, in fact, to be among them!interesting and rare species in their natural habitats, in fact to be among them.

In the short trip “Around Trogir” we visit the core area of the ornithological reserve “Pantan”. While paddling the small river, surrounded with reedbeds, it is common to see flying birds above you or Kingfishers, Moorhens, Reed and Great Reed Warblers around you. Leaving the riverbed and entering the lagoon various ducks, gulls, coots, cormorants, herons, egrets, waders and other water birds can be seen on the water surface or on pebble bank.

The “Pearls of Dalmatia” tour includes two basic birdwatching elements. Since it is sea paddling tour, it is quite common to see Yellow-legged Gulls, the most common gull species on the Croatian coast. But in some areas, it is also possible to see the very rare Mediterranean Audouin’s Gull. And above all, you will almost certainly see exotic and rare Mediterranean falcon species – Eleonora’s Falcon – while paddling or sailing around its colonies of high cliffs. During the van transfer to the city of Dubrovnik we make a break in the Neretva river delta. That site is one of four Croatian so called “Ramsar sites” – wetlands of international importance. It was designated as a Ramsar site for its richness of birds. Besides a nesting site for some rare species, such as Bitterns, the Neretva river delta is a major winter migration point for a huge number of various water birds from Europe.

Our “Adventure of a lifetime” – The Drava river canoeing tour is something completely different. That’s open canoeing tour down the slow lowlands river. The whole area is protected as a regional park and smaller areas are protected as reserves, mostly ornithological. There you can see high, vast banks with numerous holes, colonies of Sand Martins, or rare Little Terns on low pebble and sand banks. Cormorants, White Storks and Grey Herons are almost boring. Black Storks and Purple Herons are not so common and therefore more interesting. Sight of White-tailed Eagle carrying big carp from the river is not rare. And if you try really hard, maybe you can see even beavers. On the very end of the tour an extraordinary experience is waiting for us – Kopački rit nature park, one of the largest preserved marshy areas in Europe and one of Croatian Ramsar sites. It is a mosaic of forests, lakes, reedbeds and channels, very rich with bird, mammal, fish and amphibian species. We enter the Park through the “back door”, through the channel which connects it with Drava. There are no organized tourist trips in this remote and hardly approachable part of the Park, and genuine nature lovers can be totally relaxed in this primordial environment of ancient marshes. White-tailed Eagles, Red Kites, Cormorants, herons fly above you and grebes and ducks swim on the water surface. A roe, drinking from the bank, or the big carps, splashing occasionally on the calm waters surface, are a common sight.

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