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10 beautiful images showing what can be captured during our Dalmatian Pelican Photography Tours

A beautiful trio of Dalmatian Pelicans photographed during one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Tours

Our Dalmatian Pelican photography tours take place at Lake Kerkini, a premier location for birdwatchers & photographers. Mountain ranges protect three sides of the lake which provides a mild climate & an abundance of fish for over 300 species of birds, many of whom are migratory birds en route to the South East of Europe or Africa.

We time our trips to coincide with their breeding season which is when these charismatic birds look their best with their bright red pouches & crazy hair-dos.
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Karen’s Pelicans of Lake Kerkini

A Dalmatian Pelican drifts gently on the waters of Lake Kerkini photographed during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

Karen joined our Pelicans of Lake Kerkini trip in 2018, having missed out in 2017. She may not have gotten the snow, but she got some awesome light, coupled with fantastic opportunities for reflection shots.

With three boat trips & three shoreline feeds, there were plenty of opportunities to get some classic shots “in the bag” before trying some more creative photography.
In the image below, the clean backdrop coupled with the glass like waters of Lake Kerkini make this image. Were it not for the slight ripples in the water; you could flip the picture upside down & be none the wiser!
A Dalmatian Pelican lands on the glass like waters of Lake Kerkini photographed during one of the NaturesLens Photography Holidays for photography of the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini
Our hotel is within walking distance of Lake Kerkini, making sunrise & sunset shots possible. The pink tones that Karen has captured in the photo below are glorious.
I always enjoy seeing client photos. Everyone has a different eye, & it’s great to see so many diverse takes on the same subject as it can often inspire people to try a different type of shot.
A Dalmatian Pelican lands on the waters of Lake Kerkini at sunrise photographed during one of the NaturesLens Photography Holidays for photography of the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini
I hope Karen’s camera didn’t get wet as she got down low to get this shot! Look at the detail in the feathers, & the crazy hairdo.
We choose to visit the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini in January as the birds are in their full winter plumage. The white feathers & bright red pouch makes them more attractive to photograph but also helps the pelican to attract a partner!
One of the Dalmatian Pelicans drifts gently on the waters of Lake Kerkini photographed during one of the NaturesLens Photography Holidays for photography of the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini
One of the Dalmatian Pelicans flies above the waters of Lake Kerkini at sunrise photographed during one of the NaturesLens Photography Holidays for photography of the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini

Photograph the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini yourself

To photograph the charismatic Pelicans of Lake Kerkini yourself, join Sean Weekly, one of the members of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Kerkini, Greece during January 2019 for a trip lasting four nights. This photography holiday will offer you the opportunity to capture images of the Dalmatian Pelican. The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday is provided on a full board, non-shared room basis.

All the details of the Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday are available on the dedicated event page.

The Pelicans of Lake Kerkini by Richard

A trio of in flight Dalmatian Pelicans fly over Lake Kerkini photographed during one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays

Richard joined our Pelicans of Lake Kerkini tour for the third time in as many years. One of the reasons he joined the trip was to capture a reflection of a Dalmatian Pelican in flight. He didn’t quite manage this in year one or year two, but as the saying goes, “third time lucky!”
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Dalmatian Pelican Images from John Chamberlin

A pair of Dalmatian Pelicans float on the calm waters of Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece photographed on a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

John wanted to spend more time photographing the Dalmatian Pelican, so he booked onto two consecutive trips. During his time in Lake Kerkini, he was blessed with fabulous lighting conditions and perfected his reflection shots.

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Lake Kerkini’s Pelicans by Rosamund

A splendid group of Dalmatian Pelicans, with a single juvenile showing off his immature plummage photographed during one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays

Rosamund was one of our guests on the last of our three trips to photograph Lake Kerkini’s Pelicans in Greece. She wanted to capture some stunning reflection shots, and I think it would be fair to say that she succeeded! Take a look at the colours in the image below – gorgeous.
A Dalmatian Pelican line up at dawnThe close up stare of a Dalmatian Pelican photographed during one of the NaturesLens Photography Holidays for photography of Lake Kerkini's Pelicans Continue reading

Steen’s images of the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini

A group of Dalmatian Pelicans drifting on the lake with the beautiful mountain range behind photographed during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

Steen enjoyed his first trip to the Pelicans of Lake Kerkini so much that he decided to join us again in 2018. Having attended the tour before, Steen had a list of images that he hoped to capture on his return trip.
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Sean reports in from this year’s trio of Kerkini Pelican Photography Holidays

A squadron of the Kerkini Dalmatian Pelicans photographed during one of the NaturesLens Kerkini Pelican Photography Holidays

In January 2018, I had the privilege of guiding three consecutive holidays to Lake Kerkini, to capture images of the charismatic Kerkini Pelican.

A squadron of the Kerkini Dalmatian Pelicans photographed during one of the NaturesLens Kerkini Pelican Photography Holidays

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Annette’s images from our Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

A wide angle image of a pod of pelicans at one of the shoreline feeds image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

As soon as I had set eyes on some photographs of Dalmatian Pelicans on the internet I knew that I was going to visit them, I was so profoundly enchanted by them. It didn’t take me long to find the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday & I booked it right away!

The detail of a pelican beak at one of the shoreline feeds image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
Six months later I found myself standing on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, adjacent to the Bulgarian border, & I discovered that these majestic birds are even more charming than I had first imagined.
Each morning & evening for four fully-packed days we went out for lengthy sessions of Dalmatian Pelican photography & I never got tired of doing so.
Flying in the morning light, a pair of Dalmatian Pelicans at sunrise image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
We started off with a gorgeous sunrise on the first morning out on the lake with our avian models following in the wake of the boat. Our fabulous boatman & Dalmatian Pelican expert kept them entertained & happy so that we could catch wonderful moments.
A pelican lands on Lake Kerkini in the wake of the boat image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
These early morning boat trips were a treat by themselves; the colourful sunrises with these gorgeous birds in front is something you will never forget as well as the sight of the lake that lies calmly like a perfect mirror for the flying Pelicans.
Gliding serenely on the waters, a rear view of one of Kerkini's Dalmatian Pelicans image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
Attempting to swallow a fish, one of the pelicans at a shoreline feed image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
What a beautiful experience … after a 3 hours boat trip in the mornings & a nice break in our comfortable hotel for lunch & warming up we went out a second time to photograph the Pelicans from ashore in the afternoon.
A wide-angle image of a pod of pelicans at one of the shoreline feeds image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
I was amazed at the sheer abundance of dalmatian pelican photography opportunities; flying, landing, portraits, close-ups, details, panning, long exposures, reflections, wide-angle shots, single birds, pairs, groups vying for fish & many more.
Slow shutter speed, motion blurred, one of the Dalmatian Pelicans stretches it's wings image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
The cloudy days provided for capturing calm pictures with perfect reflections & vibrant colours, the sunny days golden light. & if you ran out of ideas all you had to do was ask Sean, our excellent guide; so easy going, knowledgeable, always helpful & encouraging.
One of the pelicans glides over the still waters of Lake Kerkini image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday Causing a wake from landing on the lake, one of the pelicans perfectly reflected in the waters of Lake Kerkini image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
The workshop was perfectly organised, the hotel comfortable, providing piles of delicious Greek food & thanks to a friendly group of NaturesLens guests, we also had a lot of fun & laughter … what more would you want?
You are welcome to view more images of these beautiful birds on my homepage.
A solo Dalmatian Pelican watches as the sun breaks the horizon of Lake Kerkini image captured during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday
To photograph the charismatic Dalmatian Pelicans yourself, join Sean Weekly, one of the most active members of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Kerkini, Greece during January 2018 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 £1099 per participant.
All the details of the Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday are available on the dedicated event page.