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Bird and hide photography in Bulgaria

Bird and hide photography in Bulgaria

The area called "Suha reka" is located in the North East part of Bulgaria. "Suha reka" is a valley with cliffs up to 30m high. It contains a unique combination of habitats which is a precondition for an immense diversity of wildlife. In addition to wildlife there is an unprecedented combination of natural and cultural history with Rock monasteries dating back to the V-VI century. This combination makes the area unique. 

Roller photography in Bulgaria

Suha reka in Bulgaria
Suha reka area, Bulgaria
Roller photography in Bulgaria
European roller photography
Golden oriole photogrpahy
Golden Oriole photography

Hoopoe photography
Hoopoe photography

To fully experience the area, we are happy to organise guided tours for you. Here, you can find description of the wildlife photography or birdwatching tours we offer.

The name of the area "Suha reka" means "dry river". In the past, there used to be a river flowing along the valley. Currently, water flows only in certain parts of the valley. It is surprising that a hundred years ago the river used to flow all the way through. However, the river has dried up in the middle and lower part of its current because of woodland removal along the banks. The valley has cut into the Sarmatian limestone of the Dobrudza plain and in some places it has taken the form of a gorge with 30-50 meters high vertical cliffs.


The area is extremely rich in wildlife. It is designated as an Important bird area (see map here) and Prime Butterfly area (see map here). It is rich in birds, butterflies, mammals and plants.


Birding in Bulgaria and Suha reka in particular is fantastic. Nearly 200 species of birds are registered in the area. Amongst the highlights are Roller, Golden oriole, European Bee-eater, Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Sombre Tit, Black-headed bunting, Ruddy Shellduck, Long-legged Buzzard, Short-toed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk, Eagle Owl, etc. The area is one of the major paths for migratory soaring birds with over 5000 birds of prey and over 37 000 White Storks. A week in the area in spring time (March-June) can result in about 150 species.

European Bee-eaters wildlife photography in Bulgaria cottage to rent

Black-headed photography
Black-headed photography
Hawfinch photography
Hawfinch photography
Middle-spotted woodpecker photogrpahy
Middle-spotted Woodpecker

Cuckoo photogrpahy
Cuckoo photography


Butterflies in Bulgaria attract more and more people in the last couple of years. Suha reka is a Prime Butterfly area. Butterflies in the area are not studied. The main reason for the inclusion of the region is the presence of 5 of the target species. For the time being, Suha Reka is the only place in the country where the Scarce Fritillary Euphydryas maturna is widely distributed and common from the second half of June till the beginning of July. Other key species include Clouded Apollo Parnassius mnemosyne, Large Copper Lycaena dispar, Lesser Spotted Fritillary Melitaea trivia, Twin-spot Fritillary Brenthis hecate, etc.

Scarce Swallowtail butterflies in Bulgaria
author: Iordan Hristov © 2011

A map of the Prime butterfly area "Suha reka" and other information about the site can be found on its website. More information about the species themselves and their distribution in Europe can be found on a website devoted to European Butterflies or the Butterflies of Bulgaria. This website here devoted to the butterflies and moths in UK may help you identify a species you have observed during your trip.


In the wilderness here wander Wild Cat, Golden Jackal, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Wild Boar, Hazel Dormouse, Badgers, Foxes, Martens, Hedgehods, etc. 

The caves in the area are suitable for bats like Lesser horseshoe bar Rhinolophus hipposideros, Geoffroy's Bat Myotis emarginatus.

Souslik photography
© Sergey Panayotov