Join NaturesLens, or the Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Holiday. Alongside our guide, you will find that Bulgaria in summer offers excellent macro photography opportunities due to its rich biodiversity & variety of habitats.
The Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Holiday is of 7 nights duration & is ideal for photographing butterflies, orchids & more, & is offered on a full board, non-shared basis, between the dates of 17th – 24th June 2018. You can hold a place with a £300 deposit, the trip itself costs £1399 per participant.
The rich biodiversity & variety of habitats offers excellent opportunities to capture images of dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, flowers & orchids as well as a kaleidoscope of butterflies.
The summer season offers fantastic opportunities thanks to the area’s rich biodiversity & variety of habitats.
The main target species will be butterflies such as Apollo, Balkan and scarce Coppers, Niobe, High Brown, Dark Green, Twin-spot & other fritillaries, Great Sooty Satyr, many blues, hairstreaks & skippers. But the areas we will be visiting will also provide opportunities to photograph flowers & orchids, moths, dragonflies & damselflies, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles & more.
The sessions will comprise of early starts & late evenings to take advantage of the best light & the fact that the butterflies & insects are normally motionless at this time. The early afternoons can be used to take a siesta or enjoy the excellent panoramic views, whilst avoiding the harsh midday sun.
The tour will start with 2 nights in a small village east of Sofia where we will explore the area for fritillaries, blues, gliders & emperors before moving on to a picturesque village in the heart of the Sredna Gora mountain. The area has been designated as an architectural reserve & we will spend a couple of days here exploring local meadows for Chequered, Large, Alcon & other blues, Russian Heath, Black-veined White, White Admiral, many fritillaries & skippers, as well as dragonflies & damselflies.
Our final destination is 3-night stay in a butterfly rich plateau in the Western Rhodope mountain. Here we will explore the surrounding meadows, looking for fritillaries, blues, hairstreaks, skippers & orchids.
We offer an all-inclusive accommodation & meal package to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
The species that have been photographed on previous photography holidays to the same regions include apollo, balkan marbled white, black hairstreak, chequered blue, chequered skipper, clouded apollo, dark green fritillary, dingy skipper, eastern baton blue, eastern festoon, essex skipper, glanville fritillary, great sooty satyr, green hairstreak, green underside blue, grizzled skipper, heath fritillary, high brown fritillary, holly blue, idas blue, ilex hair streak, knapweed fritillary, large blue, large grizzled skipper, large skipper, lesser spotted fritillary, little tiger blue, long-tailed blue, lulworth skipper, mallow skipper, marbled fritillary, marbled skipper, mediterranean skipper, niobe, oberthur’s grizzled skipper, orbed red-underwing skipper, osiris blue, pearl-bordered fritillary, queen of spain fritillary, reverdin’s blue, scarce copper, scarce swallowtail, silver-studded blue, silver-washed fritillary, sloe hairstreak, small blue, small pearl-bordered fritillary, spotted fritillary, swallowtail, tufted marbled skipper, twin spot fritillary, twin-spot fritillary, weaver’s fritillary, white letter hairstreak, yellow-banded skipper – so there is plenty there to fill any portfolio!
Join Dan for a macro photography experience you will never forget. Places are limited, so book today!
Butterflies & Macro Photography Holiday Itinerary
Day 1 – Travel From UK to Sofia, Arrival in Mirkovo & Overnight Mirkovo
Day 2 – Butterfly & Other Insect Macro Photograph & Overnight Mirkovo
Day 3 – Short Journey to Koprivshtitsa, Butterfly & Other Insect Macro Photography & Overnight Koprivshtitsa
Day 4 – Butterfly & Other Insect Macro Photography & Overnight Koprivshtitsa
Day 5 – Butterfly, Insect & Flower Macro Photography & Overnight Dobrostan Plateau
Day 6 – Butterfly, Insect & Flower Macro Photography & Overnight Dobrostan Plateau
Day 7 – Butterfly, Insect & Flower Macro Photography & Overnight Dobrostan Plateau
Day 8 – Transfer to Sofia Airport for Onward Journey to UK & Travel to UK
Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Holiday Availability
We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.
- Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
- Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
- Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
- Digital camera body.
- Macro Lenses.
- Lenses in the range 70mm – 200mm.
- Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
- An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
- Spare memory cards.
- Spare battery.
- Battery charger.
- Lens cleaning cloth.
- Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.
Additional NotesThe residential workshop itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens residential workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient residential workshop places are not sold the residential workshop may not be run, this residential workshop has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.