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 – Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria Photography Holiday

One Of The Apollo Butterflies Photographed On A Photography Holiday To The Same Regions As The NaturesLens Butterflies & Macro Photography Of Bulgaria Photography Holiday
Join NaturesLens, for the Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria, alongside our guides, , & you will find that Bulgaria in summer offers excellent macro photography opportunities due to its rich biodiversity & variety of habitats.
The Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgaria Holiday is of 7 nights duration & is ideal for photographing butterflies, orchids & more, & is offered on a full board, non-shared basis, between the dates of 6th - 13th June 2021. You can hold a place with a £350 deposit, the trip itself costs £1549 per participant per participant.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of the amazing Butterflies & Macro subjects, in Bulgaria, during the Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £1549 per participant.
The rich biodiversity & variety of habitats offers excellent opportunities to capture images of dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, flowers & orchids as well as a kaleidoscope of butterflies.
The summer season offers fantastic opportunities thanks to the area’s rich biodiversity & variety of habitats.
The main target species will be butterflies such as Apollo, Balkan & scarce Coppers, Niobe, High Brown, Dark Green, Twin-spot & other fritillaries, many blues, hairstreaks & skippers. But the areas we will be visiting will also provide opportunities to photograph flowers & orchids, moths, dragonflies & damselflies, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles & more.
The sessions will comprise of early starts & late evenings to take advantage of the best light & the fact that the butterflies & insects are normally motionless at this time. The early afternoons can be used to take a siesta or enjoy the excellent panoramic views while avoiding the harsh midday sun.
The tour will start with two nights in a small village east of Sofia where the guides & you will explore the area for fritillaries, blues, gliders & emperors before moving on to a picturesque village in the heart of the Sredna Gora mountain range. The area has been designated as an architectural reserve & we will spend a couple of days here exploring local meadows for Chequered, Large, Alcon & other blues, Russian Heath, Black-veined White, White Admiral, many fritillaries & skippers, as well as dragonflies & damselflies.
Our final destination is 3-night stay in a butterfly rich plateau in the Western Rhodope mountains. Here we will explore the surrounding meadows, looking for fritillaries, blues, hairstreaks, skippers & orchids.
We offer an all-inclusive accommodation & meal package to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs, with the guidance of as you need it.
The species that have been photographed on previous photography holidays to the same regions include apollo, black hairstreak, chequered blue, dark green fritillary, niobe fritillary, dingy skipper, eastern baton blue, eastern festoon, essex skipper, glanville fritillary, green underside blue, grizzled skipper, heath fritillary, high brown fritillary, holly blue, idas blue, ilex hair streak, knapweed fritillary, large blue, large grizzled skipper, large skipper, lesser spotted fritillary, long-tailed blue, lulworth skipper, mallow skipper, marbled fritillary, marbled skipper, oberthur’s grizzled skipper, orbed red-underwing skipper, osiris blue, queen of spain fritillary, reverdin’s blue, scarce copper, scarce swallowtail, silver-studded blue, silver-washed fritillary, sloe hairstreak, small blue, spotted fritillary, swallowtail, tufted marbled skipper, twin spot fritillary, weaver’s fritillary, white letter hairstreak, yellow-banded skipper – so there is plenty there to fill any portfolio!
Photographable Species: apollo, black hairstreak, chequered blue, dark green fritillary, dingy skipper, eastern baton blue, eastern festoon, essex skipper, glanville fritillary, green underside blue, grizzled skipper, heath fritillary, high brown fritillary, holly blue, idas blue, ilex hair streak, knapweed fritillary, large blue, large grizzled skipper, large skipper, lesser spotted fritillary, long-tailed blue, lulworth skipper, mallow skipper, marbled fritillary, marbled skipper, niobe, oberthur's grizzled skipper, orbed red-underwing skipper, osiris blue, queen of spain fritillary, reverdin's blue, scarce copper, scarce swallowtail, silver-studded blue, silver-washed fritillary, sloe hairstreak, small blue, spotted fritillary, swallowtail, tufted marbled skipper, twin-spot fritillary, weaver's fritillary, white letter hairstreak, yellow-banded skipper

Butterflies & Macro Subjects of Bulgaria Photography Holiday Itinerary

day 1

flight to sofia from home location & transfer to a small village east of sofia

day 2

morning & afternoon photography

day 3

morning & afternoon photography & transfer to sredna gora mountain range

day 4

morning & afternoon photography

day 5

morning & afternoon photography & transfer to western rhodope mountains

day 6

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 7

morning & afternoon game drive or hide photography

day 8

transfer to sofia & flight to home location

One Of The Scarce Copper Butterflies Photographed On A Photography Holiday To The Same Regions As The NaturesLens Butterflies & Macro Photography Of Bulgaria Photography Holiday
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