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 frozen Lake Kerkini & the Dalmatian Pelicans

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 Read more

Pelican Beak photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

Dalmatian Pelicans on an icy Lake Kerkini

Touching down in Thessaloniki there was some uncertainty about how this particular Dalmatian Pelicans trip would work out. Normally the itinerary is reasonably established for this trip with days of shore-line feeds & boat trips, but there was one factor meaning we had to tear up the rule book; the lake was completely frozen for the first time since 2002. Both this trip, & the one led by Pui Hang, were to be conducted during Greece’s harshest winter for a very long time.

The Landrover Defenders of our local guides made short work of the icy roads & we weaved to our hotel alongside Lake Kerkini; this was  our base for the trip, arriving we found it to be a lovely cosy place with open fires & plenty of sofa space to unwind & review photographs – I could see why this had proved so popular for the all years that NaturesLens had been running the Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Tours to this location.

On the first day we headed to a very small patch of open water near the dam, the birds were congregating here & we had lots of opportunities for close encounters. With overcast skies the conditions were perfect for close up portraits of these charismatic birds. The high key effect is produced by over exposing & the overcast sky behind helps give pure white backgrounds, a style that works well with Dalmatian Pelicans.

The staredown photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Pelican Portrait photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Pelican Abstract photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday Read more

Photograph the Bald Eagles of the Pacific Northwest

The rivers of Washington on the Eastern coast of the United States runs through some of North America’s most dramatic scenery; the forests are home to diverse wildlife species, including the Bald Eagle, the rivers provide a fantastic spawning habitat for salmon. It is the only large river system in Washington that contains healthy populations of all five native salmon species & two species of trout.

NaturesLens invites mid-level & experienced wildlife photographers to participate in a new photography holiday, which involves navigating the waterside territory around Concrete, Washington, by boat, to photograph the population of bald eagles that winter in the area.

A bald eagle flies over a river in the valleys of the Pacific Northwest

We have chosen this location carefully to present another opportunity for a fantastic bald eagle photography experience. The areas we will use on the Skagit River are home to nearly 1000 eagles as they feed on the abundant supply of spawning chum salmon. Throughout the duration of this photography holiday, you will be presented with many chances to capture images of the eagles in flight & in their environment, providing for you the opportunity to capture both wide-angle pictures & up-close.

Join NaturesLens on a photography experience that offers opportunities to fill your photography portfolio with images of the bald eagle. Based in the town of Concrete, Skagit County, we will venture out every day on boats to capture stunning photographs of the bald eagle.

The full details of this exciting trip are available here.