EAGLE HIDE – 1900 SEK per person
The sight of a golden eagle making its landing only a few meters from the hide is simply breathtaking. Observing an eagle with its enormous wingspan, astonishing plumage and keen eye from such a close angle is an experience you will never forget.
In the northern forests of Gästrikland there’s an especially constructed hide from which many bird species can be observed during the winter. The hide is on a slight elevation and offers views in 3 directions. It accommodates 4 people and has 9 windows/photo openings.
Many bird species thrive in these pine woods with their large boulders, such as great spotted woodpecker, grey-headed woodpecker and black woodpecker. The Northern goshawk and Eurasian sparrowhawk are home to this area. The golden eagle and white-tailed eagle make their majestic and gracious landings. A fox might sneak about and squirrels are often seen jumping around in the trees. Great tit, blue tit, raven, nuthatch, coal tit, treecreeper, crested tit, brambling, robin and willow tit are also regular guests. The deadwood and bird perches that surround the hide provide the perfect opportunity to observe and photograph the birds.
The price includes:
Accommodation the night before, including sheets and towel
Tea/coffee on arrival the night before
Transport to and from the hide
A whole day in the hide
Reusable hand/feet warmers
Bird book (English + Swedish)
The eagle hide can be booked from 1 December 2018 to 8 March 2019; every day of the week except on Monday.
Departure times in the morning:
1 Dec – 10 Dec: 06.30
11 Dec – 10 Jan: 07.00
11 Jan – 25 Jan: 06.30
26 Jan – 5 Feb: 06.00
6 Feb – 16 Feb: 05.30
17 Feb – 26 Feb: 05.00
27 Feb – 8 March: 04.30
You gather at the above mentioned time. After a short car ride and a 400 meter walk the guide will make you feel at home in the hide, after which you are free to start your exciting observation spree.
The hide has 9 windows / photo openings and large bunk beds with pillows and blankets, and a basic toilet. A 200-500 mm lens is best suited for photography, but naturally simpler cameras are also good to go. Beanbags and clever tripod solutions are available. Isolating mats, a petroleum gas heater, reusable hand and feet warmers, waking bags and blankets are there to keep you warm.
For the largest likelihood of seeing golden eagles and white-tailed eagles you will be travelling to the hide during darkness (approx. 1.5 – 2 hours before sunrise) so as not to startle any eagles. You will be picked up again at a previously agreed time (1 hour after sunset at the latest).
The success rate for seeing golden eagles in the winter season 2017/2018 was 85%.
Please bring your own winter shoes/boots, warm clothes and socks, camera material and food and drinks for the duration of your stay in the hide. Try to avoid bringing noisy packaging (such as crisps bags). Repackage in boxes/canisters if necessary.
Children of all ages are welcome, if accompanied by an adult. Please ask about our special family offers.
This activity takes place in the wild, meaning that although you will be visiting the location where these animals live, no guarantees can be given as to what you will get to see/photograph.
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