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Pelicans of Lake Kerkini

15th to 19th January 2023 (Sold Out)

During this exciting workshop we will be photographing in both Bulgaria and Greece. I’m running this trip for the tenth consecutive year with well known Bulgarian nature photographer Emil Enchev, who has a great knowledge of the local wildlife and has been working will 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 Kerkini in Greece. These charismatic birds spend the winter on the lake. 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 should be over one hundred pelicans on the lake, and they will be coming into breeding plumage with bright orange and red throat pouches. Expect to capture a wide variety of images including portraits, fighting, feeding and flight shots. Hopefully this will all be against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains! There may also be white pelicans in their splendid pink breeding plumage, along with a few other species on and around the lake. Sometimes it’s also possible to photograph flamingos at the other end of the lake. We will also photograph nutcracker high in the snow-covered mountains of Bulgaria. There may also be an opportunity to photograph the nearby sand pyramids landscape just over the border in Bulgaria. If the weather is on your side the photographic opportunities will be quite amazing. Expect to shoot between 2000 and 4000 images each day!

ITINERARY (subject to change due to weather/flight times)

•    16th January: Arrive at Sofia airport and unpack gear necessary for nutcracker photography (dependent upon flight times). Drive to a nearby mountain to photograph nutcrackers in the snow. Drive to our hotel near Lake Kerkini in Greece.
•    17th January: Early morning photography around Lake Kerkini where we will photograph Dalmatian Pelicans from a boat and from the shore.  Return to the hotel for Brunch and image review. Return to the lake in the afternoon to look for flamingos and to photograph the Dalmatian pelicans in late afternoon light and at sunset.
•    18th January: A repeat of day two photographing more birdlife around Lake Kerkini. Each day we will spend three hours on a small boat on the lake to get some different angles on the pelicans and to find different backgrounds.
•    19th January: A repeat of day two again, but with the possibility of visiting the nearby sand pyramids in neighboring Bulgaria for a spot of landscape photography at sunrise (weather permitting). The rest of the day will be spent photographing around Lake Kerkini.
•    20th January: Depart early for Sofia airport (3 hours), leaving time to photograph nutcrackers en-route (flight times permitting).




Transport from Sofia airport, single occupancy of an en-suite bedroom, all meals and most drinks


Flights, additional alcoholic drinks

Maximum Participants


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