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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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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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Bookings open for Dalmatian Pelican Photography in 2019

Our trio of Dalmatian Pelican photography trips this year have been a massive success – the third group are out in Greece right now – some of the images that have been posted have been nothing short of staggering, summing up the beauty of the birds.

An image captured by Sean Weekly during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays

There will be blog posts from some of the guests forthcoming – & of course; Sean will be writing up his experience & posting images on the NaturesLens blog. The picture above & the one below are from Sean, who has created something moody & brooding.

An image captured during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays by Sean Weekly

If you would like to take the opportunity to join Sean in Greece to photograph these charismatic birds for yourself, you’d better be quick – the first set of dates for 2019 is already fully reserved, so we have opened up the second set of dates – you can view the details & make a booking enquiry here.

The NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Kerkini Photography Holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1099 per participant.

To close – here are a pair of images from Annette, who was part of the first group that joined Sean on the lake for several days of Dalmatian Pelican Photography.

An image captured by Annette during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays

An image captured during the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays by Annette

Pui Hang’s review of the 2017 Dalmatian Pelican Photography Tour

One of the pelicans stands in an icy Lake Kerkini image captured during the 2017 NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Tour

Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece is situated in the northeast of the district of Serret just 40km from the town of Serres & 100km from Thessaloniki. The lake is one of the most important wetlands in Europe with about 300 bird species having been observed there. Among them, the Dalmatian Pelican, a prehistoric looking but utterly photogenic & charismatic bird.

Our 2017 Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Tours to photograph the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini marked our third year of visiting this beautiful lake & back in January, I had the pleasure of leading the first of our two trips out there with Sean Weekly, the newest member of our guiding team.

I have to admit to being more than a little excited about the trip. Kerkini was experiencing its coldest winter in over a decade with lots of snow & ice, something they had not seen in 15 years & snow was something that we have been hoping for since we started visiting the area.

As we approached our hotel, we could see that the lake was completely frozen over, which meant boat trips were not going to be possible unless there was a big thaw while we were out there.

A frozen Lake Kerkini barely a pelican in sight at our normal locations image captured during the 2017 NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Tour

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The last of the Dalmatian Pelican images from Sean

Sitting contentedly, one of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

In January I had the pleasure of co-guiding one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Greece Photography Holidays, along with Pui Hang. We took a group out to Greece to capture images of an oft-overlooked bird, the Dalmatian Pelican. This is the third and final part of a series of three blog posts covering the trip. All the Dalmatian Pelican images shown here were taken on this spectacular trip. If you missed the first part, then you can read it here or the second part here.

A Dalmatian Pelican lands on Lake Kerkini photographed on the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

We had hoped that the lake would thaw sufficiently for a boat trip on our last day. The sun was melting the ice and snow by day but by night the temperatures dropped, freezing the lake again. Ironically, the second group led by Dan were hoping that the lake remained frozen so that they could also have a chance at getting some unique shots too.

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