LAKE KERKINI - BIRD & WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS, TOURS & HOLIDAYS

Join GEO Pictorial in 2019/20 for your next photographic odyssey... the first and original photographic tours and workshops to Lake Kerkini and other amazing locations throughout Greece....

Lake Kerkini, in the Northeast of Greece close to the border with Bulgaria is one of those very rare places in Europe where you can get really up close to nature and bird life.. it is a wetland area like no other you have ever experienced before... it is home to over 300 species of birds... many of which are endangered... and some like the Lesser White Fronted Goose.. perilously so.. last year (November 2018) we counted 103 on the lake!

Spotted Eagle (Aquila Clanga) photographed during a wildlife and bird photography workshop and tour of lake kekrkini by george s blonsky December 2013


General Information

Dalmatian Pelicans, White Tailed Sea Eagle, Red Crested Pochard, Yellowhammers and Buntings, Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Cranes and Storks, Kingfishers, Booted - Golden - Greater Spotted - Short-toed Eagles... so many it is impossible to list them all... not to mention the mammillian, reptilian and amphibian fauna.. including wild boar, otters, wolves, jackals, deer, wildcats, river snakes, frogs and salamanders... and if macro photography is your thing... the insects and flowers are incredible... with 100's of varieties, for example, of dragonfly.

Spring/summer courses will also include three excursions in the price... one by 4x4 into the wetland delta, one by canoe and one by boat... weather and conditions permitting... otherwise we will find alternative excursions for you. Other excursions which we can undertake under our own steam will include general photography of the wetlands and its inhabitants... forays into the surrounding mountains to find, observe and photograph birds of prey... and many more alternatives. 

bee-eaters photographed during one of our summer bird & wildlife photography workshops & tours of Lake Kerkini

otter photographed during one our winter wildlife & bird photography tours of Lake Kerkini

White Tailed Sea Eagle photographed during our December 2013 wildlife and bird photography tour of Lake Kerkini;

WILD CAT PHOTOGRAPHED DURING ONE OF OUR WINTER WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS AT LAKE KERKINI


Photography GUIDANCE

night heron at dawn photographed during one of our winter wildlife & bird photography workshops & tours at Lake Kerkini

 

Photographic guidance will cover many aspects of wildlife and bird photography... depth of field, ISO's and shutter speeds, focussing, pre-focussing and panning... but aside from all the technical aspects of photography we will also spend a lot of time concentrating on composition... my aim is to show you ways to think a little differently to the standard way that wildlife and birds are photographed... we will look at how to create portraits of birds as well as setting them in their environment showing the beauty of the landscape in which they live, their relationship to it and to put them firmly in their own context. 

I will show you techniques for handling large heavy lenses needed to capture wildlife photos... if you fancy having your own lens for the duration of your trip their are a couple of links on the "RESOURCES" tab in the menu above from where you can rent practically any lens of your choice.

Ideal camera equipment to help you gain the most of your week with us at Lake Kerkini would be a standard digital SLR camera with a wide and a telephoto lens.

The ideal camera kit would include the following:

  • DSLR Body

  • wide angle lens

  • mid telephoto - 70-200mm

  • long telephoto lens - 300mm, 400mm, 500mm or 600mm

  • macro lens anything from 100mm up... for photographing bugs and little creatures..

  • 1.4x and/or 2x teleconverter

  • laptop, portable external hard-drive to back-up and store your photos, card reader, european plug adaptors, battery chargers etc..

  • monopod or tripod (with gimbal head or other ball head equivalent)

In addition... we can by request also go through some computer techniques... everything from archiving and cataloguing your photo collection in Lightroom to exporting your raw files using Lightroom and/or Capture One to working on and fine tuning your images in Photoshop...



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CORMORANTS IN FLIGHT ACROSS THE RISING SUN photographed during one our purely pelicans photography workshops at Lake Kerkini

COYPU PHOTOGRAPHED DURING OUR BABY ANIMALS WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY SUMMER WORKSHOP


Whats Included..

- all accommodations for the duration of your stay on a non-sharing basis with NO single supplement;

- breakfasts, lunches & dinners (lunches will normally 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)...;

- refreshments on excursions;

- transfers/transportation: to and from Thessaloniki airport as well as all “in-trip” transportation from location to location;

-3 organised excursions : with canoe , 4x4 and Boats;

- Other excusrsions: by car or on foot either around the lake or up the mountains for bird watching & photography tutorials;

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..

IMPORTANT NOTE:

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..

  • flights/visas

  • Insurance (recommended you have full health, medical, travel and equipment insurance);

  • Personal Expenses - tips/gratuities, snacks etc..

  • DRINKS - alcohol and special order drinks like cappuccinos,lattes etc..

Fitness

Every tour is tailored to meet the physical abilities of our guests and most excursions will not be strenuous at all.



FINANCIAL PROTECTION

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Book with confidence in the knowledge that GEO PICTORIAL is fully insured as Tour Operator &/or Travel Agent, in accordance with The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992.

This insurance has been arranged by Cork Bays & Fisher through Vantage Insurance Services Ltd.


30/04/2019 - 09/05/2019

Spring Migrations

Prespes Lakes & LAKE KERKINI

10 Day - photography trip taking in the magical and little visited Prespes Lakes in North-West Greece.. as well as the unmissable Lake Kerkini - Bearded Tit, Penduline Tit, Otter, Short-toed Eagle, Goosander.. are all on our list for this trip as well as a few surprises.. which may even include Brown Bears..!

€3250.00 (euro)

…..4 places


06/06/2019 - 12/06/2019

Baby Birds

7 day trip to Lake Kerkini to photograph the frenzy of activity as resident and immigrant species of birds are in full reproductive swing making and feeding their babies

€2050.00 (euro)

…..4 places


23/01/2020 - 27/01/2020

PURELY PELICANS 

5 day trip to photograph the charismatic Dalmation Pelicans of Lake Kerkini

Including : 3 trips by boat to photograph the Pelicans in flight across the lake as well as 3 trips to the shoreline where we concentrate on creating beautiful portraits of these gorgeous birds.

€1350.00 (euro)

…. 2 places


27/01/2020 - 31/01/2020

PURELY PELICANS 

5 day trip to photograph the charismatic Dalmation Pelicans of Lake Kerkini

Including : 3 trips by boat to photograph the Pelicans in flight across the lake as well as 3 trips to the shoreline where we concentrate on creating beautiful portraits of these gorgeous birds.

€1350.00 (euro)

…. 4 places


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various birds photographed during our wildlife and bird photography workshops at lake kerkini