Duration 5 days (4 nights) 7th to 11th February 2020
Departure/Return Location Sofia, Bulgaria
Arrival Time To be advised according to flights
Departure Time To be advised according to flights
Group Size 4
Highlights
  • Wonderful photographic opportunities of one of Europe’s most impressive bird species
  • Expert support of boatman, local guide and UK photographic guide
  • Small and exclusive group size for maximum individual attention
Included
  • International flight (price subject to change at time of booking)
  • Single occupancy accommodation and all excursions, including boat fees
  • Meals (as specified on the itinerary
  • Transfers and daily transport
  • Guides and tuition
Not Included
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Guide tips
  • Spending Monday
  • Insurance

The majestic Dalmatian Pelicans of lake Kerkini in northern Greece have become an iconic subject within European bird species. These large and impressive water birds have all the characteristics of a great photographic subject being both visually impressive and highly tolerant to being approached. The local fisherman on the lake, have a long history of working alongside the birds, and this provides superb opportunities for images at very close quarters. Our ‘Winter Pelican’ trips offer the chance for expert guided access in small and friendly groups to these amazing birds resulting in memorable images for everyone attending.

After arrival at Sofia airport we will be met by our expert local guide and then transferred south by minibus to the town of Kerkini in northern Greece. We will spend four nights in a small family run hotel and use this base to explore the water birds of the surrounding area. The accommodation for the trip is offered on a single occupancy, full board (as specified) basis for the convenience and comfort of our guests.

Our key target species for the whole trip will be Dalmatian Pelicans, which can be photographed at close quarters from both the shore and a specially adapted boat. Each day we will have the services of both a local nature guide and an expert lake boatman to take us right out into the lake for the best possible locations for the birds. We will also be able to feed the Pelicans fish to entice them into the best positions for pictures. This will hopefully enable us to capture some stunning close range, low angle images of these magnificent birds in groups on the water.

The intention would be to make the most of the available light, not only reaching the lakeshore as the sun is rising but also considering the weather and cloud cover for the best locations for the remainder of the day. Early morning conditions can be superb with the chance of no wind, calm water and rising mist, complemented by the snow capped mountains in the background of the images.

We will also be able to use the local guides experience to find the best positions to capture pictures from the lakeshore. This provides the chance of laying right at the waters edge and capturing ‘eye level’ images of the birds as they swim towards us.

During the full three days of photography we also hope to see White Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Greater Flamingo, Great Egret and various waterfowl during the sessions.

On the morning of day five, we will be transferred back to Sophia airport for the return flights to the UK.

This trip is a great chance to capture superb images of a spectacular European bird species and the small group size combined with expert tuition and guidance should ensure everyone makes the most of theses opportunities. As always the UK based Wild Arena photography guide will be on hand throughout the trip to assist with the challenges of getting the best from our cameras and we pride ourselves on running inclusive, friendly and informative trips.

1

Day 1: Arrival

(D)

After arrival at Sofia Airport, we will be met by our local guides and be transferred south (for approximately 4 hours) to Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, where we will be staying for four nights in a small family-run hotel near the lake.

2

Day 2

(B,L,D)

For the next 3 days will be occupied with bird photography at Lake Kerkini, where the main focus will be the Dalmatian Pelicans. We will try to photograph the Dalmatian Pelicans in the lake both from the lake banks and from a specially adapted boat. The lake also offers opportunities to photograph the White Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Greater Flamingo, Great Egret and various waterfowl. Each day we will have the option for 2 boats trips, both in the first light of the morning and in the later afternoon, when we hope to experience the best lighting conditions.

In the evening we will return to our accommodation for dinner and the chance to review the days pictures.

3

Day 3

(B,L,D)

As per day 2.

4

Day 4

(B,L,D)

On our final full day of photography we will have the option to re-visit any area for Pelicans but also potentially venture slightly further afield in search of alternative opportunities. We will conclude in the evening with a final dinner and a chance to reflect with guides and fellow guests.

5

Day 5

(B)

After breakfast we will be transferred back to Sofia airport for the return flight to the UK. 

Please note: – The itinerary is provisional and subject to change depending on local conditions. Not all wildlife mentioned can be seen well at all times of the year & some activities mentioned may not always be available.
Meals included are as shown – B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

This tour will be based in a small and very friendly, family run hotel very close to the shores of lake Kerkini. Guests will have 4 nights, full board (as specified in the itinerary) accommodation on a single occupancy basis for maximum convenience and comfort.

7th to 11th February 2020

How to Book

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Membership

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Annual Membership – £19

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Annual Membership Benefits:​

  • 20%  discount on all one day events.
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Not only provides all the benefits of normal membership, but also the opportunity to book a free workshop from the list below:

Members can choose one of the following events as your free workshop (1 session per year):

  • Macro Photography Workshop
  • Macro Exotic Mini Beast Session.
  • Big Cat Photography Workshop.
  • Safari Photograph Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Safari Photography Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Owl Photography Workshop.
  • Wild Red Kite Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Masterclass.
  • Landscape Photography Workshops.
  • Getting Started with your Camera

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