Testimonials

Mike Lane, UK

Miro worked hard for us all week. He had obviously thought through what he was going to do and was well prepared. His knowledge and enthusiasm for his subjects was obvious and he clearly understood what we photographers needed.

I suspect we were a demanding group always wanting more and more pictures, but his patience and understanding of us and the subjects was exemplary.

An excellent week photographing subjects we would never have found by ourselves.

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David PattynThe Netherlands

Miro found us many different species and we had a wonderful week with him at the end of April. Not only is he a fantastic guide (finding snakes in the most unexpected places) but he is also a really funny guy making us laugh all the time and driving us around in his car while we were all singing ABBA songs with him. If you need a guide for snakes and reptiles in Southern Europe…look no further, you will not be disappointed.

www.dpwildlife.com

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Andreas Lentfer, Germany

I have met Miro as a fellow workshop-guide while guiding nature photography workshops for Emil Enchev. And I can truly say, that I am very impressed by Miro’s way of making his guests feel comfortable from the first encouter till they depart.

He is a tireless worker when it comes to providing photographers with the best conditions to get their favourite shots. He constantly uses his vast knowledge of Bulgarian wildlife and creates opportunities for unforgetable moments for his guests. I, as a colleague, feel very privileged to be able to work together with Miro in a professional team and I know from many customers, that it is a lot of fun to spend some time with him out there in the Bulgarian wilderness.

www.lentfer-naturephotography.de

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Helmut Weller, Germany

In June 2017, I was for the fourth time on nature photo-workshop in Bulgaria. On all visits Miro has guided me.

I resume that he is a fantastic guide! With his modest, always polite, but highly professional style, he understands

his customers’ wishes. Meanwhile he was able to integrate his professional qualification into the guided tours,

I mean as a reptile specialist. I thank Miro for the wonderful time with him.

www.blickpunktnatur.de

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Macro trip June 2018 , Natures Images, UK  

Rob Brookes

Both Ellie and Miroslav worked their socks off to keep us where we needed to be and a significant amount of adjustment to both structure and pace was necessary more or less on the fly due to up and down weather conditions. I couldn’t be more impressed with the effort both Ellie and Miro put in to make sure we got what we came for and this was done with the very best by way of attitude and humour from both of them. This was most definitely a trip with ‘trying conditions’ and both deserve the very highest praise for what they achieved.

Sue Brookes

Both Ellie and Miro are a delight to travel with, down to their organisational skills, expert knowledge and considerate treatment of clients such as supplying picnic treats (especially chocolate!). Their good humour helped to keep us going when we were squelching in our boots. I enjoyed the extra variety that Miro can provide with his expert knowledge of tortoises and amphibians.

Chris Ellison

Ellie and Miro were an absolute joy. They took us to some wonderful locations and some additional ones that were not on the itinerary. The help was not just down to the photography, they also helped with luggage etc. Their knowledge was incredible and they worked so hard to see that we saw everything. When the weather turned nasty they made changes to the itinerary to try to give us the best opportunities. I would rate them at 100%.

Miro’s knowledge of reptiles was incredible and somehow he always managed to find us the subjects.

www.ellierothnie.com

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Bert Kroonenberg, The Netherlands

This year my trip to Bulgaria has been my third. The guide, Miro Slavchev,  is a very devoted and accomplished biologist, ornithologist as well as herpetologist, with a great love for nature. He spends quite a lot of his scarce time to educating ,especially young, people on the importance of preserving biological diversity in his beautiful country. He uses his own photographs, also those he made during the excursions, he organizes for us, foreign photographers, to impress the young Bulgarians with the beauty of their homeland  and nurture their love for it.

The first time I made a trip with Miro was during spring in 2015.

Our little group had the opportunity to photograph bee-eaters in copula, and the males feeding bees to the females, rollers, hoopoes, golden orioles, wrynecks and many other species. Very exciting and rewarding. Many of the birds have become quite rare in my home country, The Netherlands, since rationalized agriculture has kicked in.

The next trip took place in winter 2017.

Golden eagles, Dalmatian Pelicans, Eurasian nutcrackers were all on the menu. Again a very rewarding trip.

In all of these excursions our guide went through great length to create special photo opportunities. When working with the pelicans he presented the pelicans with fresh fish in a special way to create most interesting behavior.

Jays and Nutcrackers were fed with peanuts. The fights for the nuts between Jays among each other and similarly between the nutcrackers made for great photography.

Now this year it was a different trip because the species we were looking for where not species of birds. Instead our subjects were reptiles, amphibians, insects and spiders. A lot of macro photography as you can guess.

The mere number of different snakes, lizards, toads we saw has been astounding.

This fact in itself made the trip very much worthwhile.

We made photographs of the big herpetological three: the rare leopard snake, Elaphe situla (the most beautiful snake to be found in the whole of Europe), the Telescopus fallax, the nocturnal cat snake with the cat like eyes and also the also very rare sand boa Eryx jaculus. One of the few boas (maybe the only boa?) to be found on the Old continent. Also when working with these animals we were presented with lots of opportunities and creative ideas for making special pictures.

Finally I need to mention how Miroslav has been taking care for us. Our guide often guessed our needs before we got aware of them our selves. It has been a very exciting and satisfying experience to make the herpetology trip.

http://www.aavp.nl/BertKroonenberg.html

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Jean-Philippe Maurer, France

I am a birder or mainly a birder so when Miro offered me to join him on his newly created herpetology trip in Bulgaria I had a little hesitation… But not for too long I knew Miro for years and his dedication, his devotion actually to his guests and to the success of his trips. So I said yes to this learning experience and did not regret it for a second! I must have been convincing enough and finally I came to BG together with 3 friends all eager to do good shots of reptiles and amphibians and we did!

Despite a few days with cold and rainy weather Miro managed to keep us busy every day with great subjects. Not only did we get great picture opportunities but we also learned a lot about our subjects. Here again it was a real pleasure to be with a top-notch scientist and a true expert who knew where to find and how to manage reptiles & amphibians. It has been a great experience for us and also a great time in a very welcoming country! Having managed to shoot more than 20 species in 8 days is a good summary! It goes without saying that Dr Miroslav Slavchev is as respectful with the animals we were working with as he is with his guests! It was a great pleasure to be with you Miro and you managed very well our expectations, we will be back, for sure!

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Evelyne Pellaton, Switzerland

“This is my second trip with Miro. He’s a very nice and pleasant guide, always helpful and doing his best in order that all will be O.K. for you. His knowledge about Bulgaria, it’s inhabitants, it’s landscape and it’s animals are great.”

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Nikos Petrou, Greece

I first met Miro 5 years ago, when he was my guide on a memorable photography trip organised by Emil Enchev, and have since traveled many times with him.

Miro is very knowledgeable about all wildlife, not only his beloved reptiles and amphibians, and about the best locations in Bulgaria. He also has a keen eye for the terrain and photography conditions and he will work hard to get things just right for the best shots.

In addition, he is tireless and has a great sense of humour: all in all an excellent companion and guide!

www.biodiv.gr

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Eagles & Pelicans January 2017 Natures Images

“I enjoyed Ellie and Miro, together with the scenery and accommodation. That is why I have booked on the Med Macro trip for 2018.”

“Ellie and Emil and Miro worked tirelessly to ensure we got photographs. How they managed it sometimes was beyond belief. Great guides !!”

“The guides were extremely helpful and could not have done more.  They gave us every opportunity and made some extras.”

“I will never forget the lengths that Ellie, Miro and Emil went too to keep the show on the road – well beyond the call of duty.”

www.ellierothnie.com

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Macro trip June 2015 , Natures Images

“Miro was a definite bonus and added reptiles to the photographic mix which suited me”

“(Expectations were) far exceeded! Bulgaria is a beautiful country with fantastic scenery and the wild flower meadows were a pure delight. The food was also excellent! I was impressed by the variety of subjects we got”

“The guides really knew where to find things and I liked the fact that the itinerary was flexible to allow us to do so”

www.ellierothnie.com

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Desmond Dugan, Scotland 

“Miro,   2014 was my first and only visit to Bulgaria.   It was a very special trip.  Not just because of the close encounters with eagles, vultures and lots of other species, but your attention to detail and the professional service you provided  to us.

The excellent accommodation, the warm hospitality and the great picnics in the hides were very much appreciated.  To cap it all, I came home with lots of memories and cracking images which are constant reminders of this special trip.

Well done you and many thanks”.

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Marko König, Germany 

“Miro did a great job. He knows the right time to be on the best places to find great possibilities for good pictures.”

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John Sheppard, England 

” I’ve known Miro for many years and have benefited from his guiding services on numerous occasions. No one will work harder to satisfy your expectations and deliver the sighting or photographic opportunity that you are seeking. He is driven to deliver a successful trip that meets all of your expectations.

More than this his humor is infectious and I can wholeheartedly recommend spending some time in his company you will not regret it. ”

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Bernard Schouwey, Switzerland 

Miro is a very professional guide, always on time, in good mood. His enthusiasm is communicative and he share his knowledge with pleasure. We enjoyed very much the time spent with him. He is also a photograph and therefore, he understands and takes into account the wishes and the requirements of the customers. We can recommend his services to anyone may need them!

www.valphotos.ch

Patrice Mariolan, France

Thank you a lot Miro for for your professionalism, availability and friendliness.
See you very soon, I hope.

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Hans Schröder, Germany

My ex- girlfriend Yvonne told me once to choose a guided photo touring in Europe instead to visit Alaska or Africa. I wasn´t still sure with the first visit to Bulgaria if I did the right thing but on place I was starting being enthused.

Focus on birds, insects and reptiles I found with Miro a competent guide who is knowing really a lot about all kind of animals. In all three visits the guides were focused on finding the right spots, keeping the focus on the wellness of the photographers and the animals too.

So I did this guided tours three times and hopefully I will be back in Bulgaria soon. I had really wonderful times in a great environment which needs to be protected. And I never met a person before who knows to handle viperous animals like him . First to get a good shot and finally to understand those animals and human misunderstanding.

Great thanks to Miro and his unknown guide Yvonne ;o)) –  we will keep in touch,  I’ll be back.

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Josef Schöllhammer, Austria

During my yearly tours  in the last 3 years my guide was always Miro. I was very happy to spent all the time with him. He knows the best places and always he was very helpand careful. He did an excellent job previous years, so I’m very happy to stay in Bulgaria in May and June 2017 again with him.

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Gerd, Hans Peter and Nicola, Germany (Herpetology workshop, April 2018)

In February 2017 we enjoyed the professional and kind guidance of Miro who showed us not only pelicans and spotted nutcrackers. We saw beautiful landscapes and heard a lot of interesting information about the Bulgarian wildlife. We were impressed by his knowledge, his friendliness and daily commitment. Miro also dealt with our special requests willingly. We decided to come back next year for the Herpetology workshop!

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Christian Brysch, Germany 

I went to Bulgaria for the first time in 2014. I came to see the bee-eaters with their beautiful colors! I was quite happy to found a whole colony  and was lucky to shoot excellent pictures of this rare species! It was also exciting to get to know more about the other wildlife in Bulgaria , for example having the chance to meet an Aesculapian snake. I was very pleased to have Miro as a professional guide. In 2015 and 2016 we went into the mountains for the Golden Eagles ,which was very fascinating, too.

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Rico Beer, Switzerland 

On the occasion of four visits to Bulgaria between 2013 and 2016, I was able to collect many wonderful impressions. The many habitats in an intact biosphere, which I was allowed to use for my photography, impressed me deeply. I also like to think back to Miro, who has contributed a lot with his dedicated support to our beautiful memories and successes.

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Paul Foster (Natures images, April 2018)

How did the holiday compare to your expectations? Better than expected, Miro and Ellie are excellent guides, Miro is very knowledgeable together with an equally high standard of bad jokes  lol.

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Karlheinz Erz, Germany, May 2018

Miroslav Slavchev supportet me very well by doing these pictures. Thank you very much Miro.

www.karlheinz-erz.de