Greece 2018

Lake Kerkini - 29th January - 4th February 2018

Purley Pelicans photography workshop at Lake Kerkini in northern Greece, consisted of a 5-day all-included package organised by George S. Blonsky. The workshop comprised 3-days photographing Dalmatian Pelicans and 2-days return transport to Thessaloniki airport.  There was plenty of time allowed during each photography session which  consisted of  3-half day's from a boat on the lake and 3-half day's from the shoreline. Each session started either early morning or ended late afternoon to make the most of the best light conditions. For our visit we arranged an extra 2-days to look for Lesser White-fronted Geese that overwinter in the area. 

The main reason to visit Lake Kerkini at this time of the year is to photograph Dalmatian Pelican’s that are at their most stunning in breeding plumage and particularly with their bright orange bill pouch. In addition to the hundreds of Dalmatian, several Great White Pelican's were present and thousands of water birds including various duck species, two cormorant species and Greater Flamingos. In addition to the Lesser White-fronted Goose flock, a Red-breasted Goose, several Greater Spotted Eagles, European Wild Cat and Golden Jackel's were also seen during the extra 2-day excursions. This well organised venue can be thoroughly recommended and the 3-day Purely Pelicans workshop, photographing in different light and weather conditions, was over all to soon.

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) early morning, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) late afternoon, breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 30th January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) late afternoon juvenile, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) squabbling for fish, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) late afternoon breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) portrait in breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) morning light breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage and juvenile, Lake Kerkini - 30th January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) morning light breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 30th January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) squabbling for fish, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage angel, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) 'early morning blues' breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) catching a 'flying' fish, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 30th January 2018

Dalmatian and Great White Pelican

Dalmatian and Great White Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus & Pelicanus onocrotalus) 'early morning blues' breeding plumages, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) sub-adult, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Great White & Dalmatian Pelican

Great White & Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus onocrotalus & Pelicanus crispis) breeding plumages, Lake Kerkini - 31st January 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) squabbling for fish, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) reflections breeding plumage, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) late afternoon, Lake Kerkini - 1st February 2018

Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

(Pelicanus crispus) sunset, Lake Kerkini - 30th January 2018

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