Trip reference number: 22860

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Winter Wildlife Photography In Poland

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Explore the fabled Białowieża Forest and spend time in specialist hides as we photograph a wonderful array of wildlife during the height of winter when this ancient woodland becomes even more picturesque.

Accompanied throughout by one of our experienced photographic leaders, either Bret Charman or Sean Weekly, we have five full days for wildlife photography in Białowieża Forest, the last remaining swathe of primeval forest that once covered much of northeast Europe. The forest is home to an incredible diversity of potential subjects, and we hope to photograph European bison, wild boar, red fox, rough-legged buzzard, goshawk, white-tailed eagle and a variety of woodpeckers. Although seldom seen, there is even a chance of European lynx and wolf.

The winter months in Białowieża Forest are the optimal time for wildlife photography despite the colder temperatures. With less foliage in the tress and a high chance of snow on the ground, it is easier to see and track the various birds and mammals that reside in the forest, whilst also providing more striking setting for our images. We will split our time between exploring the forest for its native mammals on foot and by vehicle, alongside time in specially built hides which are perfect for capturing images of not only the mammals, but also Białowieża's raptors, woodpeckers and other intriguing birdlife.

The hides are located strategically throughout the forest in the best locations for the specific species we hope to photograph including the woodpeckers and raptors. Typically, the hides are heated and equipped with chemical toilets. The hides are constructed for photography with different openings allowing for a range of perspectives and fittings meaning you will only need to bring a tripod head for the hide photography. The only exception to this is the woodpecker hide which does have a heater and photography fittings, but does lack the toilet facilities of the others. We will spend less time in the woodpecker hide to accommodate; however, we will spend more than enough time here in order to capture some excellent images of the various woodpeckers that live in Bialowieza.  

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Arrive Warsaw & drive to Białowieża Forest
  2. Days 2-3: Bison & eagle photography
  3. Days 4-5: Further bison & bird photography
  4. Day 6: Woodpecker & raptor photography session
  5. Day 7: Return to Warsaw & departure
  • Available*: Dec to Feb
  • Group size: 7
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £1,595 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £1,495 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 6-nights accommodation in Białowieża Forest
    • Most meals
    • Transfers
    • Photographic tuition
    • Services of an expert tour leader
    • Conservation fund contribution
  • Activities available:
    • Birdwatching
    • Photography


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

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