During this exciting workshop we will be photographing in both Bulgaria and Greece. I’m running this trip with well known Bulgarian nature photographer Emil Enchev, who has a great knowledge of the local wildlife and has been working with all the species we will be photographing for many years.
Our main aim will be to capture some stunning images of Dalmatian Pelicans on Lake Kirkini in Greece. These charismatic birds spend the winter on the lake. Because local fishermen regularly feed them they have little fear of humans. We will photograph them from a boat and from the shore, and we’ll use various techniques to enable you to capture some dramatic, beautiful and comical images of the birds. At this time of the year there will be over two hundred pelicans on the lake, and they will be in full breeding plumage with bright orange throat pouches. Expect to capture portraits, fighting, feeding and flight images of these enormous birds, all against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains! There may also be white pelicans in their splendid pink breeding plumage. If the weather is on your side the photographic opportunities are quite amazing. Last year we were shooting between 2500 and 5000 images each day!
We will also be photographing nutcracker high in the mountains of Bulgaria. There will also be the opportunity to photograph woodland birds such as hawfinch and Syrian woodpecker from a hide near our hotel. We will be based in the town of Melnik in Bulgaria - right in the heart of the beautiful sand pyramids, and we will have plenty of opportunities to photograph this dramatic landscape during the workshop.
This trip is limited to only six participants. With such a small group you will be free to explore each location as much as you wish and you will be assured the chance to make the most of each location. I will also be able to offer advice on a more individual basis as required by each participant. Our transport for the workshop will be a nine-seater minibus. We will have at least 4 full days of photography (depending upon flight times), by which time you are likely to have filled up all your memory cards and hard drives!
Transport from Sofia airport, single occupancy of a large en-suite bedroom, all meals and most drinks
Flights, additional alcoholic drinks