2021 – Greek Macro Wildlife of Kerkini Photography Holiday

Balkan Spoon Winged Lacewing photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Macro Wildlife of Kerkini Photography Holiday
For the past 6 years, NaturesLens has taken guests to Lake Kerkini to photograph the Dalmatian Pelicans during the winter months; in 2019, we added a new photography tour, to photograph the birds of the lake & it’s environs during spring, when new life & young birds were on the lake; for 2020, we are pleased to invite guests for a week of amazing macro photography – join Iordan for the Greek Macro Wildlife Of Kerkini photography holiday, which will offer fantastic photo opportunities as you venture in & around the surrounding lakes, mountains & meadows.
Lake Kerkini, in the Northeast of Greece close to the border with Bulgaria, is one of those scarce places in Europe where you can get up close to nature & bird life. Kerkini & the surrounding areas are wetlands like no other you have ever experienced before; the wetlands are home to a vast number of birds species, many of which have a status of endangered.
Since this photography tour is all about macro photography, you will find the amphibians, reptiles, insects & flowers to be incredible, with 100’s of varieties, for example, of moths & dragonflies.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Macro Wildlife of Kerkini, in Greece, during the Greek Macro Wildlife of Kerkini photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1799 per participant.
The area we will visit is rich in various habitats within a relatively small area, making it an excellent location for discovering this unique ecosystem. The habitats which are ours to explore are home to a wide variety of flora & fauna; therefore, a wide range of different & exciting macro possibilities will be on offer.
Our hotel is close to Lake Kerkini but nestled against the Belasitsa Mountains which provides a stunning backdrop. This hotel offers the perfect home for our week of photography, additionally allowing us to set up specific areas for evening moth photography. Finally, our view over the lake & back to the mountains will provide us with, conditions allowing, a stunning vista for at one or more evenings of Astrophotography.
Iordan will be on hand to advise on how to capture intimate & captivating portraits of frogs, toads, lizards, moths, butterflies, insects, flowers & other invertebrates in their natural habitats. Iordan will be available to provide tuition & guidance for all levels, including the basics of macro photography, working with both light panels & natural light & composing your macro shots.
While it would be a tall order to find & photograph all the following species during the trip, all of the following have been found in the area during previous visits

Butterflies

Eastern Festoon, Southern White Admiral, Little Tiger Blue, Camberwell Beauty, Scarce Swallowtail, Large White, Small White, Black-veined White, Eastern Bath White, Orange Tip, Eastern Wood White, Clouded Yellow, Green Hairstreak, Ilex Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Green-Underside Blue, Iolas Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Duke of Burgundy, Large Tortoiseshell, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Nettle-Tree Butterfly, Eastern Knapweed Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Lesser Spotted Fritillary, Queen of Spain Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Northern Wall Brown, Wall Brown, Lattice Brown, Large Brown, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Safflower Skipper, Small Copper, Grecian Copper, Woodland Ringlet, Comma Butterfly & more.

Moths

Giant Peacock Moth, Slender Scotch Burnet, Grass Eggar Moth, Forester Moth, Wood Tiger Moth, Cream-spot Tiger Moth, Yellow Underwing Moth, Five-Spot Burnet, Nine-Spotted Moth, Six-Spot Burnet, Transparent Burnet Moth, Ermine Moth Enterpia Laudeti, Puss Moth, Small Emperor Moth, Emperor Moth, Spurge Hawk-moth, Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, Olive Bee Hawk, Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk & more.

Dragonflies & Damselflies

Green-Eyed Hawker, Blue Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Skimmer, White-Tailed Skimmer, Red-veined Darter, Balkan Goldenring, Lesser Emperor, Broad Scarlet, Common Darter, Yellow-winged Darter, Small Pincertail, Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Agrion, Large Red Damselfly, Common Bluetail, Common Clubtail, Small Blue-tailed Damselfly, Variable Damselfly & more.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Sand Boa, Grass Snake, Balkan Whip Snake, Salamander, European Glass Lizard, Common Wall Lizard, European Green Lizard, Balkan Green Lizard, Hermann’s & Spur-Thighed Tortoise, European Terrapin, Green Toad, Common Toad, Tree Frog, Eastern Spadefoot, Yellow-Bellied Toad, Marsh Frog, Agile Frog, Pool Frog & more.

Other Insects, Spiders, Beetles & Grasshoppers

Lady Bird Spider, Philaeus Chrysops – a Jumping Spider, Praying Mantis, Balkan Spoon-Winged-Lacewing, Rose Chafer, Pollen Beetle, Minstrel Bug, Southern Green Stink Bug, Giant Centipede & more.

Plants

Wedge-Lipped Orchid, Еarly Marsh Orchid, Eastern Lizard Orchid, Dragon Lily, European White Water Lily, Fringed Water Lily & more.
We keep the itinerary throughout the week flexible as we guarantee that under the guidance of Iordan, the group will want to take advantage of the local conditions & species.
This trip may be combined with our Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria Photography Holiday which runs the following week & is also led by Victoria – the combination of this pair of trips will ensure that any photographers portfolio of images of Lilliputian world of dragonflies, moths & butterflies is packed full.

Greek Macro Wildlife of Kerkini Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to sofia from home location & transfer to kerkini, afternoon photography session if time permits

day 2

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 3

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 4

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 5

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 6

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 7

morning & afternoon photography in the lake environs, mountains & meadows which surround kerkini

day 8

transfer to sofia & flight to home location

Aesculapian Snake photographed at the locations used for the NaturesLens Macro Wildlife of Kerkini Photography Holiday

2021 – Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

One Of The Squacco Herons Of Lake Kerkini Keeps A Wary Eye Out   Photographed During The NaturesLens Spring Birds Of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday
Lake Kerkini, in northern Greece, is a location already familiar to both the guests & guides of NaturesLens. For the last 5 years, Lake Kerkini has been the venue for our incredibly popular Dalmatian Pelicans photography holidays. Our new 6-day long Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini photography holiday leverages all that we have learnt about the area but visits the location during late-Spring, when the bird-life is prolific & new-life is occurring both on the lake & in the surrounding environs. Our tour is based at the same hotel close to the lake that we make use of for the winter visits, so we already know that the food & accommodation will be great. Similar to our winter visits, the rare Dalmatian & the more common White Pelican are to be found on the lake, but for this tour, our focus shifts to the impressive selection of nesting waterbirds on the lake, & also those in the lake-side environment, including hoopoe, little owl, bee-eater & more.
The Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini photography holiday begins with the group assembling at Thessaloniki Airport. You will be collected by our hosts & transferred to our super lakeside hotel which has real character. Based just 500m from the lake, you will stay here for 5 nights. Our tour includes full-board accommodation & meals are served in the superb restaurant, with specialities including oven-baked buffalo garnished with noodles or buffalo meatballs!
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Spring Birds & other wildlife of Lake Kerkini, in Greece, during the Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 5 night/6 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1749 per participant.
Over the next 4 days, you will be in a prime location with the best facilities to fully explore & capture images within this wetland paradise. Each morning, before sunrise, you will head out to the lake on a boat, during this time you will capture images of the multitude of waterbirds that make their homes within the waterside vegetation. In other areas of the lake, drowned trees reach skywards forming perches for cormorants & other bird-life that are happy to watch you as you drift by.
The bulk of afternoons will see the group split into pairs. We will have had hides set-up for a number of species, including, hopefully, bee-eaters, hoopoe & little owl, although this may change according to species availability. However, one afternoon will be spent on the boat until beyond sunset, hopefully capturing silhouette images of the birds against a suitably-coloured sky.
The Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini photography holiday suits keen photographers with a desire to experience the magnificent wildlife that this unique wetland has to offer; you will be able to capture editorial-quality images of a range of bird species that you will be proud to add to your portfolio. Places are highly limited to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid disappointment.
This is a photography holiday designed & led by photographers for photographers; photography guidance provided by Iordan where needed.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
Photographable Species: bee-eater, bittern, black stork, buzzard, cattle egret, cormorant, dalmatian pelican, great crested grebe, great white egret, grey heron, hoopoe, lesser spotted eagle, little owl, night heron, roller, squacco heron, white pelican, white stork, white-tailed sea eagle

Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

meet at thessaloniki airport & transfer to kerkini

day 2

morning photography from boat on lake kerkini & afternoon photography also from boat on lake kerkini

day 3

morning photography from boat on lake kerkini & afternoon photography also from boat on lake kerkini

day 4

morning photography from boat on lake kerkini & afternoon photography also from boat on lake kerkini

day 5

morning photography from boat on lake kerkini & afternoon photography also from boat on lake kerkini

day 6

transfer to thessaloniki airport from kerkini

A Nest Full Of Grey Heron Chicks   Photographed During The NaturesLens Spring Birds Of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday
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