Rock Partridge Habitat in Pirin Mountains by Dimiter Georgiev
We run this 4-day tour either in the Balkan or the Pirin Mountains – two of the highest mountains on the Balkans. We choose the location depending on the chances to see the Rock Partridge there in the respective year. To increase our chances of seeing this impressive, but rather shy bird we start early in the morning, before dawn.
For two days we explore Rock Partridge habitats in the spectacular surroundings of mountain gorges, waterfalls and cliff tops. The chances of seeing and photographing the bird depend very much on the weather conditions in the mountains.
Other birds likely to be seen in the Rock Partridge areas: Golden Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Ring Ouzel (ssp. alpestris), Water Pipit, Eurasian Crag Martin, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Red-rumped Swallow, Alpine Chough, Sombre Tit, Rock Bunting, etc.
If your return flight is late in the afternoon, we can visit the Vitosha Mountain near Sofia where we can expect to find Water Pipit, Horned Lark (ssp. balcanica), Spotted Nutcracker, Willow Tit, Common Firecrest and Goldcrest.
To reach the Rock Partridge spots it may takes about one hour walking on flat or fairly steep dirt roads and trails.
Chances of seeing the Rock Partridge: 90 %
Chances of photographing the Rock Partridge: 25 %
The chances of seeing and photographing the bird depend very much on the weather conditions in the mountains.