BIRDS OF JURA MOUNTAINS
BIRDS OF JURA MOUNTAINS
3 day bird photography workshop in the Jura Mountains in France. Eurasian Pygmy-owl, Boreal owl and other emblematic species of the region.
Bird photography tour led by Emilien Vadam and Jonathan Guillot.
May 24 to 26, 2019.
May 22 to 24, 2020.
Or choose your own date!
690 CHF per participant.
English or French.
Booking this tour with us, you automatically make a donation to ASPAS.
10% of the tour rate is directly donated to ASPAS at the end of the tour.
This donation is included in the rate of the tour.
Day 1 \ Les Moussières - Les Bouchoux - La Pesse - Choux
Meeting at our accommodation late morning, we will start this bird photography tour with a nice walk and a first approach to Franche-Comté’s birdlife in high altitude, mainly forest areas. Enjoying this beautiful landscape full of photo opportunities, our quest will focus on the Eurasian Pygmy-owl and the Boreal Owl. It will also be an opportunity to observe some of the most common and emblematic species of the Jura mountains: Fieldfare, Red Crossbill, Eurasian Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Willow Tit and Crested Tit, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Bullfinch, Eurasian Siskin etc. Harder to spot but present in this sector, we will be able, with a little luck to cross the discreet Hazel Grouse.
An evening can also be devoted to listening to nocturnal raptors and enjoy this special atmosphere, without significant light pollution. The Boreal Owl and the Eurasian Pygmy-owl will be targeted first.
Day 2 \ Septmoncel - Les Molunes
Starting early, we will dedicate this second day to open and semi-open environments to look for different bird species and enjoy stunning landscapes. Highlights species could include Rock Bunting which breeds in the area, and other species such as Eurasian Crag Martin, Alpine Swift and Peregrine Falcon. Some years, the Wallcreeper can also be seen during the breeding season.
The South Jura also provides some beautiful “surprise” species at this time of the year, such as the Short-toed Snake-eagle or the Griffon Vulture. So we will often look up in the sky and hopefully spot these fantastic birds.
Day 3 \ Les Moussières - Les Bouchoux - La Pesse - Choux
Our last day’s morning will be devoted again to the search for forest species. We will eventually return to the area of small mountain owls to hopefully make more images. Some discrete species, mainly those living in forest areas, are difficult to spot. It is sometimes necessary to know how to be patient. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Lac de l'Embouteilleux and its surroundings to look for the Marsh Warbler and photograph more wildlife including amphibians, reptiles, dragonflies and butterflies.
End of the stay on Sunday in the middle of the afternoon.
Your donation to ASPAS.
Double bedroom for 2 nights.
Transportation during the workshop.
All meals during the workshop.
Photographic guiding and instruction.
Image reviews, post-processing instruction.
Immersion in nature.
Transportation to and from Jura. Nevertheless, it can be arranged depending on your base location with a supplement. If you need help, feel free to write me so we can try to make it happen.
As always during our wildlife tours, the highest ethics in wildlife photography will apply. Respecting and protecting our wild subjects is always the first priority. Animals are not called in nor baited, so no species can be guaranteed. Also, no sensitive information that could put a species in danger will be given. Any inappropriate behavior towards the animals will cause the participant to leave the workshop without any refund. Visit our page “Our ethics” for more details on the ethics we follow.
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