|After landing in Warsaw, we cross the border and drive to Sporovo Reserve, where we will stay for 2 nights. The forest close to our accommodation holds some breeding pairs of Great Grey Owl, and we hope we can admire this magnificent owl. Little, Spotted Crakes and Corncrake are all loud at this time of the year, which gives us the chance to spot them, but the evening will surely be spent admiring the characteristic songflight of Europe’s rarest songbird, the Aquatic Warbler, if they have returned. Great Grey Shrike, Goshawk, Hen and Montagu’s Harrier, Golden Oriole, Penduline and Bearded Tit are all common here.
|Our next base will be near the famous Pripyatsky NP. We spend 4 nights in Turov in a comfortable hotel located on the bank of the river. Several sought-after shorebirds such as Great Snipe, Terek and Marsh Sandpiper breed on the banks of the untamed Pripyat river that floods vast areas of meadows and forests in spring. On Turov Meadow evenings often produce spectacular gatherings of hundreds of migrating Black-tailed Godwit and Ruff including many extremly colorful males, but elegant Spotted Redshanks are also found in good numbers.
Surely one of the strongest candidate for bird of the trip will be Azure Tit. Belarus is the only place in Europe where we have good chances to find this stunning bird in its breeding habitat along the riparian willow forests of the Pripyat river.
We might have some time to discover the ancient oak, spruce and birch forests too. Easy walks can produce White-backed Woodpecker, but we might also find Collared and Red-breasted Flycatcher, Short-toed Treecreeper, Black, Middle Spotted and Three-toed Woodpecker. Thrush Nightingale, Bluethroat, Common Rosefinch, Golden Oriole, Citrine Wagtail are relatively easy to see in this magic place.
|Our last base will be in the middle of the famous World Heritage Site, the Belowezhskaya Pushcha ancient forest. We will have easy walks amidst ancient trees and focus on species we migth have missed. The fairy tale woods hold Great Grey, Ural, Eagle, Pygmy and Tengmalm’s Owls, all European woodpeckers, Crested Tit, Common Crossbill, Red-breasted and Collared Flycatcher. Along Lake Liadskoye Whooper Swan, Wood Sandpiper, Savi’s and River Warbler occur. Raptors inlcude White-tailed, Short-toed and Lesser Spotted Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, Hen and Montagu’s Harrier.