Photographing the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini
Join GEO Pictorial in 2018/19 for your next photographic odyssey... to capture the most amazing images of the most glamorous of birds.. the Dalmatian Pelicans... the first and original photographic tours and workshops to Lake Kerkini and other amazing locations throughout Greece....
Welcome to Lake Kerkini in Greece and to its resident population of Dalmatian Pelicans - Pelecanus Crispus.
Lake Kerkini is a man-made lake in the North of Greece near to the Bulgarian border. Since its creation in 1932 to combat the effects of malaria which were prevalent at the time due to the marshes that existed in its place, the lake has become an exceptionally important wetland. In the winter it is a focal point for migrating birds travelling south from the arctic and in the summer it is a focal point for birds migrating northwards from Africa.
As such, it has a very rich and varied avifauna depending on the season one visits.
It is happily also home to many resident species, probably the most iconic of which is the beautiful but endangered Dalmatian Pelican. In fact Lake Kerkini is the first new breeding ground for these wonderful birds in over 150 years.
I am very proud of the fact that I was the first to organise wildlife photography workshops in Greece and the first to organise workshops specifically to photograph the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini.
Our Purely Pelican trips are designed to give you the best chances to photograph these amazing birds in all the glory of their breeding plumage in a variety of scenarios.. from stunning portraits to in-flight shots.
Our 5 day Purely Pelican trips to the lake are usually in January/February timed to coincide with their breeding season... at this time of year the males bill pouches turn bright red and their feathers whiten making them look magnificent in the winter light and stunning to photograph.
We undertake photography both from the shoreline and by boat, with the objective of capturing as many situations and behaviours as we can.. from individual portraits, group portraits and ‘in flight’ images both as they glide just inches from the surface of the water and also as they spiral up into the sky on thermals.
The lake itself is situated between two mountain ranges and at this time of the year their 2000+ metre peaks are usually snow-capped making for a beautiful backdrop to the images we are there to create.
Our trips are organised by myself, a native Greek speaker and professional photographer with just shy of 20 years experience shooting for many prestigious publications around the world, including National Geographic, GEO Magazine and Royal Geographical Magazine.
Though resident in London now, I have spent many years exploring Greece and her many secret places and welcome the opportunity to share my knowledge, photographic, geographic and cultural, with my guests.
I hope you can join us here on one of our trips and let me share with you my passion for wildlife photography and my love of Greece and Lake Kerkini in particular.
For Dates and Availability please click.. calendar page
- all accommodations for the duration of your stay
- breakfasts, lunches & dinners (lunches may be of the "packed" variety so that we don't cut short trips into the lake or mountains by having to return to the hotel or village to eat)...;
- transfers to and from Thessaloniki airport;
- 3 organised excursions by boat & 3+ by land;
Flights should be booked to Thessaloniki Airport where you will be met and driven to the hotel... about an hour and fifteen minutes away... check out RyanAir or Aegean Airlines for flights direct to Thessaloniki.. or alternatively you can fly to Athens and connect to Thessaloniki.. booked separately internal flights with Olympic or Aegean are usually quite cheap from Athens to Thessaloniki and there are usually more than 5 flights a day to choose from..
We cannot undertake to make any of your travel arrangements to Greece including arranging Visas & Travel Permits for non-EU citizens; Note: All our current trips are within the European Union, so please ensure you have the necessary travel documents & Visas necessary to visit any EU country before booking your flight tickets or your place on one of our trips. We cannot arrange these for you.
What's not included..
- Insurance (recommended you have full health, medical, travel and equipment insurance);
- alcohol and special order drinks like cappuccinos,lattes etc..
Every tour is tailored to meet the physical abilities of our guests and most excursions will not be strenuous at all.