A different angle on Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans

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Derek has been on several photography tours & trips now with NaturesLens – you can see his images of Florida’s Blue Cypress Lake Ospreys elsewhere on our blog – & right now, he is in Calera, photographing some of the best birds that the Spanish Plains have to offer; however, in January, he joined Dan’s group & flew out to Thessaloniki, the intent of the trip, to capture some images to add to his portfolio of Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans.

Like the first group, the second group found Kerkini wrapped in the cold embrace of winter conditions that had not been experienced for years; parts of the lake remained frozen whilst they were there, gradually thawing towards the end of their trip, although the normal boat trip could not head out onto the lake, our local guides took the various group members out on small fishermen’s boats instead.

A truly beautiful scene of the dalmatian pelicans with the mist rising behind them off the lake photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

So what did Derek think about Kerkini & it’s pelicans? … ‘Well, what can I say – amazing! I have looked several times over the years & thought the pelicans are not for me. How wrong can you be? They are probably one of the most amazing birds I have photographed – character, attitude & style are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe these birds.’

On the ice of a frozen Lake Kerkini, the pelicans waited to be fed by the fishermen photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayA dalmatian pelican demonstrably ready for a close encounter photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday One of the Kerkini Pelicans takes time to preen that impressive plummage photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayWith the ice gone melting, the pelicans resumed their normal cycle of behaviour, wanting to be fed at the shoreline photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayWaiting for the shoreline feed, the pelicans are as expectant of action as the photographers photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

I particularly like the close-up images of the Dalmatian Pelicans that Derek captured, as he noted, the birds each have their own personality, capable of looking stern, amusing or quizzical, the one guarantee is that an eye contact image with the pelican filling the frame from Kerkini is compelling.

One of the dalmatian pelicans shows the others how to grab the fish photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayCatching fish as the others apparently watch the demonstration by one of the pelicans of Kerkini photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayA group of pelicans move as one to attempt to catch a fish photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayCatching fish is truly a competitive sport amongst the pelicans of Lake Kerkini photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography HolidayAnother set of those special conditions that you hope for at Lake Kerkini, Pelicans & mist make for dreamy sequences photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
During one morning, the group experienced the most wonderful conditions, with a delicate mist rising off the lake, & the pelicans, you can see that image at the head of this blog posting; on another with the ice still close to the shoreline, the pelicans stood expectantly waiting for fish from the fishermen of the area, with whom they have formed a relationship going back over many years. The fishermen feeding the pelicans during wintertime has led to a healthier ecosystem; the presence of the pelicans throughout the year, without them migrating, helps to keep the cormorant population at a reasonable level, which in turn balances and maintains the lake’s delicate ecosystem.

You can see a few more of Derek’s Kerkini Pelican images on his personal website.

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE YOUR OWN IMAGES OF KERKINI’S DALMATIAN PELICANS?

We have a single space 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, 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.