Discover one of Europe’s most interesting birding sites with an expert nature guide on this Kerkini Birding escape! Stunning Lake Kerkini is located just an hours drive from Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. It is a true birding paradise. During this all-inclusive birding escape, you can marvel at:
- the magical Lake Kerkini and its surroundings with a bird list of over 300 species (!)
- pelicans, egrets, and herons, as well as other waders and waterfowl in close range
- the Nightingale, Golden Oriole and Great Reed Warbler, Penduline Tit, and Black Kite.
- six Woodpecker species present on the slopes of Mount Belles
Encircled by a river, marshes, riparian forest, flooded fields as well as cultivations and montane habitats, the Kerkini lake has a rich avifauna all year round. During this trip, you can enjoy birdwatching all day long, and discover many different species year-round.
Check out the trip report for Kerkini Lake on the 10.000 Birds blog and the bird list of that trip by bird blogger Dragan Simic.
An expert bird guide will make all the difference on this trip.
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Arrival at Thessaloniki airport. Transfer to Kerkini Lake and spend the night at your Hotel near the stunning Kerkini Lake. First opportunity to discover the lake with your knowledgeable and friendly local bird guide! Your guide will show you the best bird-spotting spots and will share with you myths and stories that link Greek history with your surroundings.
Birdwatching at the lake and the surrounding area. The Kerkini area is home to some 300 bird species and offers wonderful opportunities in spring to view breeding Dalmatian Pelican, Great White Pelican and Pygmy Cormorant. This day, you will have a boat tour through the lake in order to view the Pelican colonies from up close and get amazing shots of their contrasting colours. Such amazing colours are also offered by the Bee-eaters flying about, the Rollers, the Kingfishers and many more..
Last day of birding with your expert local bird guide at the Lake Kerkini and the surrounding area (mountains near Bulgarian border) with a wonderful diversity of Warblers, including Eastern Orphean, Sardinian, Subalpine, Olivaceous, and Eastern Bonelli’s, as well as Common and Lesser Whitethroats. Common Nightingale and Common Cuckoo are never too far away. The surrounding forest is home to six Woodpecker species, including Syrian, Grey-headed, and Middle-Spotted.
Unfortunately, your holiday has come to an end. But you leave full of beautiful images and many new species on your list. Transfer to the airport (1 hour drive).