Some highlights

  • We are photographing at the Dalmatian pelicans’ wintering grounds. The Dalmatian pelican is one of the world’s largest flying bird
  • One of the best places in the world to photograph the Dalmatian pelicans
  • Great photo opportunities of both portraits, bird in the environment images and flight shots
  • With a bit of luck, there will be snowfall and we get fantastic backgrounds with snow-covered mountains
  • Good chances to also see and photograph Flamingo and Great white pelican
  • We photograph during 3 sessions from the shore while feeding the pelicans
  • 3 boat trips with a good opportunities to photograph these giant birds with a wide angle lens
  • Max four photographers in each boat
  • Small group, maximum 7 participants
  • Single room at no extra cost

Lake Kerkini in northern Greece is an artificial lake that was created as early as 1932. The lake has since become one of Greece’s absolute top birdwatching locations. The lake’s position coincides with the migratory routes of many bird species and both the lake and the surrounding area attract a variety of birds and other animals all year round but we are there to primarily photograph perhaps the most famous of them all. The Dalmatian pelican is one of the world’s largest flying birds with a wingspan of up to 3.5 meters.

Of course, we can’t control the weather, but we hope for a lot of snow, cold conditions and maybe even some ice on the lake.

We have put together the tour in such a way that we will have a lot of time with the pelicans and can thus treat ourselves to experimenting with different techniques and compositions to come home with many different types of images. We will be able to test everything from wide-angle shots with a lot of environment to extreme close-ups and maybe even slightly more abstract shots with longer shutter speeds and multi-exposures for those who want to test it. The trip also coincides with the pelicans’ mating season when their usually rather pale beaks change color to a deep orange or red color.

We photograph both from land and from a boat. The sessions where we photograph from the boat, there are a lot of aerial photos on the schedule with experienced boat guides who manage the navigation and the feeding that takes place. The sessions that are carried out from land take on a completely different character where you are more free to move and look for your own compositions based on your own ideas and imagery. In general, there are often many pelicans in one place and we will have to practice a lot on composition to get some sort of photographic harmony in the natural jumble of red beaks and wings that prevail.

We will be out before the sun is up to be able to capture the soft morning light and also during the afternoon session we will shoot in the best possible light. In order to keep inspiration and creativity at its peak, we have set aside time for regular image critiques where we can get inspiration from each other and get tips on what we can possibly do differently to grow as photographers.


Day 1 (14/2) (Dinner)
Arrival in Thessaloniki and transport to Kerkini.

Day 2-4  (15- 17/2) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Morning and afternoon photo with the pelicans from land and from boat.

Day 5 (18/2) (Breakfast – Lunch)
Transfer to Thessaloniki and fly home.

More information

    Our boat trips are carried out in stable and spacious wooden boats. Life jackets are available.

    The focus of the trip is to photograph the Dalmatian pelicans in Lake Kerkini. We will photograph both from land and from the boat. We will also be shooting at different distances so anything from a wide angle to a longer telephoto lens is preferred. Telephoto zoom lenses, e.g. 70-200 mm or 80-400 mm, provide very good conditions for taking varied pictures of the pelicans. To increase the focal length if you have a shorter telephoto or a zoom, you can use a teleconverter. Don’t forget the wide angle lens!

    If you have access to two camera housings, it is good to have these with you. Tripods can be useful in the beach sessions for those of you who prefer tripods.

    The temperature this time of year can be several degrees below zero and can drop to about -10 degrees. Solid winter clothes and winter boots are good to have!

    We stay in hotels of middle standard. Single room is included in the tour.

    The accommodation is not fully accessible in case of reduced mobility. The nature of the trip means that both the boat sessions and the sessions from the beach are not available in case of reduced mobility.

    Single room or share in double room, meals according to itinerary, transportation to and from Thessaloniki airport.
    All activities, photo guide, photo workshops.

    Return flights to Thessaloniki, tips, alcoholic beverages, visas, possible vaccinations and medical tests, insurances and other things of a personal nature.

    The tour starts and ends in Thessaloniki. Transport to and from Thessaloniki airport is included in the price. Transport is carried out by our local guide. Exact time will be announced closer to the departure.

    The registration fee shall be paid after an invoice from us, no later than 14 days after receiving it. The remaining amount shall be paid no later than 60 days before the tour, an invoice will be sent out. Payment will be in Swedish crowns (SEK). Amount in Euro and US dollars mentioned above are just reference amounts.

    If you are an EU citizen travel within the EU or to the Schengen countries Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Lichtenstein, you must always bring your passport or national ID card issued by the police. When checking in for a flight, a passport is required.

    For citizens outside of the EU please check if you need a visa to enter Greece.

    Contact your insurance company to see that you are properly covered for travel insurance and cancellation protection.

    Contact your doctor for advice on vaccinations. Also check any requirements for medical tests for entry into the country.

    Our tours are open to all nationalities, which means that the group is often international.
    Our tour guides speak both Swedish and English, and sometimes also more languages.

    Terms and conditions

Photographic leader

Johan Siggesson, born in 1977, is a freelancing nature photographer from Älvängen, north of Gothenburg, but lives on Malta.

Johan has degree in informatics, leads nature photography courses on Malta and is frequently engaged by local nature organisations for image shows and lectures. Johan also leads private workshops on Malta, mainly focusing on local chameleons and endemic freshwater crabs.

The fairly limited wildlife of Malta has inspired him to look for other destinations. Scotland has a special place in Johan’s heart, and he regularly photographs on the Shetlands and in the Scottish Highlands.

Johan has won awards in many of the major nature photography competitions in Europe and USA. His subtle imagery focuses on close subjects. In 2014 he became Nature Photographer of the Year in Scotland.


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    Dalmatian pelicans of Lake Kerkin, Greece 14th-18th February 2024

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