From the Baltic to the Balkans...
All Probirder itineraries are devised and designed by
Gerard Gorman, author of BIRDING IN EASTERN EUROPE and CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN WILDLIFE. A wealth of
experience is behind each itinerary and all are guided by expert local
guides. Indeed, Probirder guides include the very best Hungarian, Slovakian,
Czech, Polish, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Estonian birders and
naturalists. There is no substitute for in-depth local knowledge and you can rest
assured that Probirder guides have that in abundance! Of course, all of our guides
speak English and usually one or two other languages as well.
Probirder's success is founded upon unmatched local knowledge and a top-class team of local guides
If you are keen on owls and woodpeckers then our Czech trips are well worth
joining. We have been running Spring Tours to Bohemia & Moravia since the
1980s. Species we regularly find include Pygmy, Tengmalm's & Eagle Owls, Black
& Hazel Grouse & Three-toed & Grey-headed Woodpeckers.
In Slovakia we look for Alpine birds, forest owls & all 10 European woodpeckers
with exceptional local guides on our Mountain Forests Tour. Special birds here
include Ural & Pygmy Owls, Hazel Grouse, Lesser Spotted Eagle, White-backed &
Three-toed Woodpeckers, Thrush Nightingale & Wallcreeper.
We have been running Hungary tours since the 1980s. We have a range of tours
in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Species include Great Bustard, Eastern Imperial
Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Saker, Bluethroat & Aquatic Warbler. In autumn there are
around 100,000 Common Cranes.
Our first tour to Romania was in 1987 & our Danube Delta & Dobrudja Tour is
now the very best available. On this tour we see Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy
Cormorant, Levant Sparrowhawk, Pied & Isabelline Wheatears, Sombre Tit &
Olivaceous & Paddyfield Warblers. Our winter Red-breasted Geese Tour, was the
first of its kind.
We run tours in this up-and-coming destination in April taking in the Dalmatian
coast and the Paklenica & Krka National Parks. Pygmy Cormorant, Rock Partridge,
Scops Owl, Rock Nuthatch, Pallid & Alpine Swifts, Crag Martin, Black-eared
Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush are likely. Coastal wetlands have waders such as
This is a superb country for birds and in most years we run tours in all four seasons,
including winter for Red-breasted Geese. Special birds include Griffon & Eurasian Black
Vultures, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Wallcreeper, Rock Nuthatch, Syrian &
White-backed Woodpeckers & Masked Shrike. Wetlands host White & Dalmatian Pelicans
& Ferruginous Duck.
Serbia has been off the birding tour map in recent years, but we at Probirder
believe it is time for that to change. This fascinating and fantastic birding
destination is rich in habitats and landscapes where there are birds to excite
everyone. Serbia is particularly good for birds of prey. Join us in spring or
autumn on one of our pioneering tours around the lowlands, wetlands and uplands of
this wildlife rich country.
We arrange tours in this wild-life rich destination in all four seasons, again
with top local guides. Attractions are White-tailed, Lesser & Greater Spotted
Eagles, Hazel Grouse, Great Snipe, White-backed & Three-toed Woodpeckers, Collared
& Red-breasted Flycatchers, Citrine Wagtail, Ortolan Bunting and Aquatic
If you are keen on boreal birds such as grouse, owls and woodpeckers, then our
Estonian trips are ideal. We usually visit in spring to take in the best of the
Baltic wildfowl migration and the early breeding birds of bogs and forests. In
early spring the Baltic Sea off Estonia's islands is one of the best areas in
Europe to see Steller's Eiders.
If mountain landscapes and Alpine birds are your thing, then Slovenia could
well be for you. We usually visit the impressive Julian and Kamniske-Savinjske
Alps and the Triglav NP in spring to search for Ptarmigan, Wallcreeper, Water
Pipit, Snow Finch, Alpine Accentor, Alpine Chough and forest species such as
woodpeckers, owls, Hazel Grouse and Nutcracker.
Bespoke and independent tours
An alternative to arranged company tours is to put together your own group. Competitively costed all-inclusive, half-board or bed & breakfast tour itineraries designed and arranged for private groups, clubs, societies and companies. Such tours are usually from 7 to 10 days long and tailored to your exact needs and wants. Groups from RSPB branches, American Audubon Chapters, and other national ornithological societies and clubs have all found this service ideal. Bona fide references available.
Specialist and themed group tours
We arrange and guide tours for groups of photographers, sound recordists, artists and lepidopterists. Women-only parties and groups of disabled birders are also most welcome.
Tours for highlights...
1000s of Tundra Bean Geese in Moravia & Hungary... 1000s of Red-breasted Geese in
Bulgaria & Romania... 100,000 Common Cranes in Hungary in October... photogenic
Red-footed Falcon colonies in Hungary... huge Long-eared Owl roosts in
Serbia... several "difficult" owls in Bohemia & Slovakia... Wallcreeper
spring & winter stake-outs... all Europe's woodpeckers with THE experts... displaying
Great Bustards... 100 species of butterfly in summer... For more details email us at