In the old forests the ancient courtship of the capercaillie takes place. It is a unique display of this our biggest forest hens courting rites which includes patience and also great action. Dancing, odd sounds and fights during the early Scandinavian morning. The most magnificient and mystic courtship ceremony among the forest hens. It takes time, absolute silence and patience to witness this courting. The capercaillie is extremely watchful and as participant you have to show consideration and responsibility not to disturb the birds or other guests..
The courtship takes place during early morning and goes on during forenoon. As the males comes in to the courtship area early in the evening before you will be waiting in complete silence during the evening and night while staying overnight in the hide. During the evening you will hear the males advancing the courtship area in the surrounding trees while making some of their typical sounds.
All the precautions are well worth and something to enjoy when you in the morning are able to see and hear the males magnificient display. This will most surely be the first but not the last time you will enjoy this ritual together with the birds and the patience.
We have comfortable hides where you sleep over comfortably in a warm sleeping bag and photograph well from. You will get information about the capercaillie, living conditions and habitat as well as which precautions you have to take during the activity. Coffee, tea and food included (there are veg alternative of course). Warm sleeping bag and blankets included.
Time: 2 overnight stays at the hide
Start: 15:00 until 10:00 the day after. You meet up the afternoon before for info and we head out to the hides in the evening to experience the courtship in the early morning to follow
Place: The guided tours takes place in Tiveden
Price: 3 750 SEK/person
Participants: Max 4 persons
The guided tours takes place in Tiveden situated between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Meeting place is at gas station OK/Q8 in Laxå, next to highway E20. From Karlsborg: 55 km. From Askersund: 30 km. From Örebro: 55 km. There is a train station in Laxå. Transfer from train and airports are possible. All transfer during the stay is included.
10th of April 2020 until 24th of April 2020