George visited Lake Kerkini's Pelicans back in 2018, & as you can see, came back with some stunning images!
The man-made waters of Lake Kerkini are bordered by snow-capped mountains, which provides a safe haven for migrating birds as well as the famous Dalmatian Pelican. At times of calm, the glassy lake can provide a mirror-like surface for amazing reflection shots.
Our base is a short drive from the lake so you can have a little bit more time in bed before heading out for the dawn shoot. The mornings on the lake can be quite cold so it's a good idea to wrap up warmly!
You can use a wide variety of lenses at Lake Kerkini, depending on the type of image you are after. The Pelicans are confiding birds, so no need for big prime lenses here. For the boat trip, we recommend taking a telephoto lens such as the Canon 100-400mm for flexibility. A wide-angle would also be useful in case a Pelican decides to land on the boat!
If you like photographing birds in flight, the Dalmatian Pelican is a great subject due to its large size. George has provided us with a wonderful selection of Pelicans in flight, coming in to land as well as landing shots. The “water-skiing” Pelican below is my favourite shot from George. I just love the composition of the Pelican landing on the still waters against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
Many thanks to George for sharing his lovely photos with us. See you later in the year for Costa Rica!
Photograph Lake Kerkini's Pelicans yourself
To photograph Lake Kerkini's Pelicans yourself, join David Miles, in Kerkini, Greece during January 2020 for a trip lasting 4 nights; this photography holiday will offer you the opportunity to capture images of the dalmatian pelican; the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1149 per participant.
All the details of the Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday are available on the dedicated event page.