Buzzards & Wildlife in September

Buzzards are beautiful and impressive birds and it is a fantastic feeling to sit inside the cabin and watch these beauties from just a few meters.
— Sara, our guide in Sandviken
 
 

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The plan

Watch and photograph Common Buzzards and other birds and mammals like Brown bears during one day in a photo cabin. You spend the day in a small wooden cabin adapted for photographing wildlife. And you can bring your children too!

Our guide Sara has a small cabin in the dense forests of Sandviken. This cabin is adapted to photograph wild animals, and is mainly used to get close to Brown bears. Most of our guests come during May through August when bears can be seen almost every day. The prime Brown bear watching season ends in August, but during September there is still a fairly good chance to see bears.

During the second half of September we have several Common buzzards visiting the cabin almost daily. They are beautiful and impressive birds and it is a fantastic feeling to sit inside the cabin and watch these beautiful birds from just a few meters.

  • You will most likely see Common Buzzards and perhaps also Badger, Red fox, Red squirrel and Brown bear

  • 7 hours in a safe and comfortable family-friendly cabin with viewing slots, chairs and beds

  • Excellent photo opportunities from the hide

  • Learn more about Sweden's wildlife from your experienced guide

Arrive in Kungsberg in the morning and meet up with your guide Sara. She is a nature enthusiast and an experienced wildlife photographer. Sara is happy to show photos of her many encounters with wild animals in the surrounding forests. She will tell you about the various birds and wild animals that you have a chance to see. After some practical details of how to act and behave in the cabin to increase your chances of seeing bears, it's time to head to the hide-out!

Sara brings you along in her car for a short ride into the wild forest where the wild animals roam. A gentle fifteen minute walk along a forest trail takes you to the wooden cabin on a small hill. The cabin is built for wildlife viewing, and this is where you will spend the day. Sara will make sure you're settled in nicely, and then leave you in the hide for a peaceful yet exciting day of observing wildlife up close.

You're in the middle of a wild beautiful pine forest. Soft green moss covers the ground and large boulders left from the last ice age are dotted across the surrounding landscape.

You make yourself ready with your camera in one of the camera slots. It's a very meditative and serene experience to simply wait in silence, peering out from the windows facing three directions for any sign of wildlife. Sometimes you see something after just an hour of waiting, but other times you may have to wait all day and just get a glimpse of something. On most of the evenings however, a variety of wildlife will appear for you to see and photograph them.

Remember that these are wild birds and mammals which means they are shy so you need to be quiet not to scare them away.

What wildlife will you see? Well, except for Common buzzard you also have the chance to see lots of other bird species such as Great spotted woodpecker, Grey woodpecker and Black woodpecker. Red foxes are regular visitors and Red squirrels are often seen jumping between the trees. Sometimes there are also badgers, goshawks and sparrow hawks. There is a fairly good chance to see Brown bear. Other birds you may see are Great tit, Blue tit, Coal tit, Willow tit, Crested tit, Raven, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Brambling and Robin.

If you become tired you may want to get some rest in one of the beds.

Lunch is not included in this experience so you need to bring a packed meal and drink. You can also order food as an optional extra.

About the photo cabin

The photo cabin is a hide that has views in three directions and slots for your camera. During your time in the cabin you will be able to watch the forest’s wild inhabitants, where wildlife may show up at any time. You're so close you can hear the animals communicate with each other from the cabin. Many birds and mammals come as close as just a few meters. The hide has comfortable beds when it's time to get some sleep, and surely you will want to get up early to see the forest life waken from its slumber.

There are no guarantees in the wild of course, but during the last few years during September, Common buzzards have showed up almost daily along with other birds and mammals.

Children welcome

While this hide is fully adapted to cater for photographers, we also welcome parents with children. But never at the same time. If you come without children you will not share the cabin with children of other families. Recommended minimum age is 5 years.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 hours of watching for wildlife in a small cabin. You will be guided to and from the cabin but there will not be any guide with you in the cabin.

  • Coffee / tea and snacks at arrival

WHEN CAN WE DO THIS?

Any day at request during 1 September – 1 October.

ACCOMMODATION

Since the meeting time is in the morning it is a good idea to stay at Sara’s place the night before. Basic but comfortable bedrooms with shared bathroom. You can add this as an optional extra during the booking process.

STARTING TIMES

Meet up with Sara at 8:30 am. You are ready to leave at around 6 pm the same day. Please make sure that you arrive on time as we are not be able to wait for you if you are late.

LOCATION & HOW TO GET THERE

Travel by car: Sara's house is located in the village Kungsberg near Sandviken, a 30 minutes drive North of Sandviken, a 2 hours drive from Stockholm, or a 2,5 hours drive North of Skinnskatteberg.

Address: Kungsbergsvägen 60, 811 95 Järbo. >> Link to Google Maps

WGS 84: 60° 45′ 54.03″ N, 16° 28′ 44.94″ E

WGS 84 decimal: 60.76501, 16.47915

Travel by train: Take a train to Sandviken (2 hours from Stockholm) and then take bus 43 to a stop called Botjärn. When you purchase your train/bus tickets online at www.sj.se you need to enter Kungsberg as your destination, but make sure you get off at the bus stop Botjärn which is just after the bus stop Kungsberget. It may sound a bit confusing, but it is easy and just ask the driver for help. If for some reason that bus does not suit your travel plan you may instead book a taxi (approximately 850 SEK per car one way) by contacting www.taxi107000.com, phone: +46-26-274000, email: info@taxi107000.com.

FOR WHO?

You must be able to walk on a trail for 15 minutes in the forest. Walking level is easy. Note that you have to be quiet during the whole stay in the cabin. No talking, just whispering.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water proof clothing and boots for the walk to and from the hide.

  • Your own packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Do not bring rustling packaging. Repack such things in boxes.

  • No strong perfumes / detergents or other strong scents.

BOOKINGS & CANCELLATIONS

When you make a booking for this tour our team will manually review the booking to make sure that we still have availability. If everything is okay we will send you a confirmation by email within 24 hours. Until your booking is confirmed no payment or charges will be applied, and credit card details are held for security purposes only. We will ask for a 10% deposit at the time of confirmation and full payment is due 45 days before the tour.

  • Cancellations can be made at no cost up to 7 days from the time of booking. We will provide a 100% refund.

  • Cancellations between 8 days from the time of booking and 46 days before arrival will be charged at 25% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations between 45 days and 15 days before arrival will be charged at 75% of the booking’s total amount.

  • Cancellations within 14 days of arrival will be charged at 100% of the booking’s total amount.