We have visited Poland with my friend and bear specialist Ieltxu Azcarate from Spain. He is owner of partner travel agency Piros explorer. We are happy preparing product “In the footsteps of filmmaker” for our clients. We spent fine few days in the wilderness of Polish Bieszczady Mountains.
Since first spanish clients are comming already this October we have checked the accommodation and cuisine. And the most important – spots for wildlife watching!!! We had some expectation but what we experienced was far better than that.
After short early morning walk we had a sit next to the river waiting for european bisons to cross it. Roe deer was not taking care of us and after short walk on the coast of the river it disappeared in coppice on the other side of the river. Same as the lonely fox.
Just the big group of wild pigs decided to cross the river facing us. We needed to ask them verbally to take other place to cross the river. They had a longer meeting the middle of the river and after they decided to agree our proposal.
We saw no bisons that morning so we decided to take a short walk up the river. Sun was high and we did not expect to see any more wildlife and we decided to come back to the cottage and prepare the equipment for another hike and night outside. We start to talk normally. Almost in the same moment we heard a deep bass growl of some BIG animal. It was an old bison male standing few metres from us in the old apple trees. With both horns broken seemed to be an experienced fighter. He decided to walk away very slowly. I thought he would like to cross the river so I was first next to the water with Ieltextu following me. The bison appeared in few seconds looking at us. He entered the river and start to cross it slowly with sounds of water fountain, braking stones and deep growling. No other words are coming to my mind than LOCOMOTIVE.
That evening we saw some red deers in rut. Two young foxes. Some other roe deers. We enjoyed another night stay outdoors. It was almost not possible to have any sleep while the red deer were not stopping their rut.
Great feel of European wilderness was completed by loud sound of european cranes flying high on their autumn migration. First flight I was counting 95 of them. Next flight I was not counting but there were even much more of them. Wolf appeared in the night next to the river which we understood from their tracks.
As usually this location again reminded me the lost European wilderness. It reminded me that we need more such places in Europe. This place show how the nature is coming back when we let it some space! REWILDING is the correct word!
September 2015, Tomáš Kaliský