NORTHERN GREECE ALBUM

 

 

 

 

 

May 2017

 

This year we ran a spring tour to beautiful Lake Kerkini for members of the East Yorkshire RSPB Group. Here are a few of Ian Smith's superb photographs.

 

First light on our first morning at Lake Kerkini, seen from the balcony of the leaders' room. Every morning we were greeted by the same sight, with lovely weather from start to finish, save for a single short-lived thunder storm on the last day.

 

 

 

This White pelican feeding frenzy was witnessed on the afternoon of our first day.

 

White Pelicans are a regular sight

 

This Water Rail showed beautifully, albeit briefly

 

A collection of summer-plumaged waders at Kalochori including Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Turnstone, Ruff and a rare Terek Sandpiper.

 

A Squacco heron is fine breeding condition.

 

Spoonbills are common around the lake, and breed in small numbers.

 

The  sought-after Semi-collared Flycatcher was the highlight of our visit to the Kerkini Mountains.

 

Early May marks the end of the spring passage of Red-footed Falcons through Northern Greece, and we were thrilled to see several flocks. This male (above) and female (below) gave particularly good views.

 

The Pygmy Cormorant is nowhere more common than at Lake Kerkini.

 

Penduline Tits, such as this male, are easily found around the lake, by listening for their distinctive call.

 

A mixed feeding flock of White and Dalmatian Pelicans and Great Cormornats.

 

Eastern Orphean Warblers are common in suitable habitat. This one looks to have a particularly large bill, helping to distinguish it from the smaller Lesser Whitethroat.

 

The only rain of the trip coincided with our boat trip. It didn't seem to deter this Night Heron from hunting.

 

Little Bitterns, sich as this lovely male, were a fairly regular sight.

 

A White Stork hunts in the shallows near Kerkini village.

 

This Lesser Grey Shrike was one for four species of shrike we saw.

 

The views we got of Great Reed Warbler were incredible!

 

A Dalmatian Pelican soars over the lake.

 

 

 

Southern White Admiral

 

 

Black Woodpeckers can be elusive, but a pair put on a good show for our group on the last day.

 

A colony of Bee-eaters allowed fantastic photographic opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2015

 

In 2015 our Greece trip proved very popular so we ran two tours, here are a couple of photographs taken by the leader Roger Barnes:

      

White Storks breed in high numbers especially in the villages near our hotel; and Spanish Sparrows use the stork's nests for their own breeding colonies

 

     

This Little Ringed Plover's nest was right beside a track near the lake             Both Long-legged Buzzard and Peregrine were nesting on this crag

 

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These photographs were taken on our Greece tour by Mark Newsome

Eagle Owl

 

Masked Shrike

 

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

 

Squacco Heron

 

Night Heron

 

Bee-eater

 

Black-headed Bunting

 

Thread-wing Antlion

 

Spanish Sparrow

 

Stone Curlew

 

Spoonbill

 

Roller

 

Red-footed Falcon

 

Little Terns

 

Male Levant Sparrowhawk

 

 

Glossy Ibis

 

Dalmatian Pelican

 

Calandra Lark

 

Black-winged Stilt

 

Black-headed Wagtail

Black Stork

A view of Lake Kerkini from the hotel.

A picnic in the mountains.

 

 

 

Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.

 

 

 

 

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