One of the best ways to cover the ground quickly while birding is to rent (there are many bike rental places in Krakow) or borrow a bicycle (make sure that your bicycle comes equipped with the bike handlebar bell ring, which will come handy since you will encounter a lot of people riding the bikes). In May of 2016 while on the family visit to Krakow in southern Poland, my husband was lucky enough to borrow a bicycle from my brother. I should point out that my husband is an avid birder and always manages to find time during our travels to check out the local bird life.
Having reviewed various birding websites, he was unable to find any information about bird life near river Vistula (Wisla) in Southern Krakow. This surprised him, so being able to borrow the bicycle, for a day he became the “bicycle birder in Poland”.
Starting on the banks of the river in Bielany, he headed to the monastery in Tyniec and on the way back he followed the south bank of the river towards Salwator, then crossing the bridge near Salwator, returned on the north bank of the river. This is approximately 20 km, but if you are a keen birder, you will be very happy that you undertook this journey.
The weather was warm and sunny and the trip took him around 3 hours, with frequent stops. Among the highlights were Golden Orioles, Marsh Warblers, one pair of Great Reed Warblers and a pair of Little Bitterns. At several locations, he heard Nightingales singing.
What a great way to indulge your passion for birding while exercising in fantastic surroundings. If you are planning this trip, don’t forget a good pair of binoculars!
Don’t worry if you are not a birder….
If you love bike riding, this would be a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. To enjoy the best view of the area, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to visit the monastery in Tyniec, where you can also enjoy refreshments or a meal in the restaurant or cafe.
If you find time for this active trip, believe me, you won’t regret it !
Please let me know if any of you are interested in birding adventures – which my husband is nuts about. I will be happy to share more information from our travels. Thank you for stopping by and please visit again.