The Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini in northern Greece have received plenty of dramatic photographic coverage recently, and with good reason too as they are a stunning species offering bags of variety in terms of portfolio building. At this time of the year they are at their most colourful with the males in full beak and throat colour – add in some snow on the surrounding mountains and that lovely winter light and this all offers an ideal combination for an intensive and enjoyable short photography break with a trip and destination that is a firm favourite and one we pioneered when first bringing people here a half dozen years ago.

We will fly to and base ourselves across the border in Bulgaria (with regular and good value flight options from the UK) for easy access to the Lake and its surroundings, and you’ll need the full array of lenses for opportunities on the shore, in flight across the water as well as from the boat with the local fishermen who will take us out each day as part of what will be a very full couple of days photography.


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Day 1: We are due to arrive at Sofia Airport at roughly the same time where we will be met by our Bulgarian guide Emil Emchev. We will then travel to our base for the weekend in the small town of Melnik near to the Greek border where we will check in and enjoy a delicious meal.  Over dinner we can discuss what to expect over the coming days and hints and tips will be provided.

Days 2-3: The format for these two days will be similar with flexibility to ensure we maximise coverage of our main target, the beautiful Dalmatian pelicans that will be at their vibrant best as the breeding season approaches.

On both days we will cross the border into Greece and head for Lake Kerkini where there is an established resident population of these dramatic birds, and a stunning setting as well. We will have the chance for close-up portraits, wide-angle group shots, swimming, flying, and the chance to take to the water with one of the local fisherman as well to ensure a wide portfolio of images in a jam-packed couple of days. There’s plenty to work on each day before returning to our hotel for a deserved evening meal and the chance to look at the day’s images.

Day 4: Sadly after breakfast (and possibly a sunrise landscape or two) we will make the journey back to Sofia Airport to catch our return flights back home.

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What our customers say

“Ellie gave me some very valuable feedback on my photos from Day 1 not only in composition but also some different settings to try”

“The Dalmatian Pelicans were brilliant to photograph”

“Miro was exceptional – great knowledge of the species, excellent driver! Very willing and keen to ensure we all had a positive experience. Ellie was excellent  – she made sure the entire group were happy and in the best positions to capture good images.”

“The guides were fabulous. Ellie was charm itself and took great care to look after all of the guests… Miro was a wonderful and knowledgeable naturalist as well as a fine guide. Good marks for Lucky as well.

“I enjoyed Ellie and Miro together with the scenery and accommodation.”

“Ellie checked if each person was OK with their settings etc – recommended specific settings and demonstrated various techniques such as high key”

” Far far beyond what I’d expect: it was better than perfect”

“An amazing array of opportunities”

“The guides were excellent – interested in photography and knowledgeable on the wildlife”

“Really wanted to see these Pelicans and this trip exceeded my expectations of them”

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