A frozen Lake Kerkini & the Dalmatian Pelicans

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One of the Dalmatian Pelicans comes in to land on an icy stretch of water near Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

David has visited Lake Kerkini & the Dalmatian Pelicans with NaturesLens for the past 2 years. But in his third year, things were very different. The area was experiencing its coldest winter in 60 years with snow & ice on the ground. As for the lake, it was completely frozen!

But all was not lost, quite the opposite in fact, the circumstances meant the group had the opportunity to produce some truly unique images that otherwise would not have been possible.; here are a small selection of images that David has kindly shared with us.

As the sun rose, the pelicans started to move & wake to their frozen environment photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A white Pelican juvenile strides through the snow on the banks of a frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday The flurry that ensues, when one of the Dalmatian Pelicans has caught a thrown fish photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A Dalmatian Pelican lands on an icy stretch of water near Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

Boat trips were replaced with visits to the shoreline where there were small pockets of water. The Pelicans were initially wary of the group but instantly warmed to them when they realised they had fish! Thanks to the lake being frozen over, David was able to get quite close to the adult Pelicans. Sadly, by the time group 2 arrived, much of the snow & ice had melted.

One of the Dalmatian Pelicans comes in to land on an icy stretch of water near Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A pair of Dalmatian Pelicans on an icy stretch of water near Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A Dalmatian Pelican lands in an icy stretch of water near Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday One of the Dalmatian Pelicans takes off from an icy stretch of water near Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A portrait image of one of the Dalmatian Pelicans stood on snow near the frozen Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

Meanwhile the juveniles were having a whale of a time! They were quite happy to stand around in the snow & pose or preen for shots. If they were rewarded with fish, so much the better!

David is heading back to Kerkini & the Dalmatian Pelicans, with us in 2018. We look forward to sharing his images again.

One of the Dalmatian Pelicans preens it's feathers whilst stood on a bank of snow photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Closeup of a juvenile Dalmatian Pelican photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday A pair of white pelicans, stood adjacent to an icy stretch of water near Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH KERKINI & THE DALMATIAN PELICANS FOR YOURSELF?

We have a couple of spaces remaining on the first trip of 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the Dalmatian Pelicans on Lake Kerkini for yourself; the photography holiday costs £1049 each participant, this price excludes air travel to Thessaloniki itself – all ground transportation from Thessaloniki & back, & to & from shoot locations, accommodation & guidance/tuition is included, the dates for the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday are January 11 – 15, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.