Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini,Winter wildlife workshop
The Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini,February workshop,6 days 5 nights
Winter wildlife special ,7th to the 12th of February 2016, 1700.00 all inclusive plus flights
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 Lake Kerkini is the premier location to shoot Dalmatian Pelicans.The second biggest bird in the world after the Great Albatross,The big males can reach a wingspan of allmost 11 feet.From the middle of January to the middle of march they change into their mating colours,the workshop is well timed for that .The shoot takes place from hired fishing boats twice a day,near sunrise and sunset plus shooting from the shore.There is also other birds to shoot in the lake,flamingos,midget cormorants etc.The fishermen also in their distinct boats plus sunrises and sunsets
The group
2 to 5 photographers of any ability plus the leader,if group larger than 5 an assistant leader will join for extra help.The leader will be assisting the photographers during photo shoot.
Transportation
Transportation is by peoples carrier or minibus,all shooting locations are within walking distance from minibus.
Daily schedule
Early wake up at 6.00 am,after tea or coffe we move to a shooting location near the fishing boat pick up area.Morning twilight and sunrise photography till 7.20 am then move for fishing boat pick up for sunrise pelican photography.One hour shoot from a fishing boat manned by a fisherman feeding the pelicans.After fishing boat shoot we photograph birds by the shore or other birds in the area.Back to the hotel for breakfast by 9.30 am.After breakfast we review the morning's shoot and some photo processing.Rest till 2.30 pm then move to the lake shore for more bird shooting ,late afternoon boat trip again shooting the pelicans as the morning shoot,After shoot we position ourselves to photograph the fishermen in the evening light as they return or tidy up their boats.back to the hotel and then a out for an evening meal.Preparation for next day's shoot and in bed by 10.00 pm
The above schedule is mainly for fair sunny weather,if weather different the day's schedule will change accordingly and with the groups approval.
2 manned boatrips a day are included plus 2 trips on a larger boat to shoot the flamingos (if present in the lake)and to see the pelicans nesting platforms and other birds nest in the submerged forest.
Eguipment
Any DSLR with good high ISO performance,leader is NIKON user but very familiar with CANON.Good tripod and head,a monopod for bird photography.Lenses,a wideangle for large vistas and landscapes,standard zoom 18-55 or longer,range of primes if the client prefers them,medium telephoto 70-300,long telephoto 150-500 or equivalent for bird photography,cable release or remote.Filters,a good polarizer for wideangle and short zoom,a P filter holder for short zoom ,an 1 stop hard grad,1stop soft grad,2 stop hard grad,2 stop soft grad.Plenty of fast cards,a netbook,laptop or Ipad for viewing and storing photos.
Clothing
Greece is not beaches and sunshine in February,temperatures can be very low early in the morning ( as low as -5 C) so appropriate clothing is nessesary. Very worm fleece hut or similar,heavily padded waterproof jacket,fleece jacket for next layer,another fleece top or cotton t-shirts for last layers.2 pairs of fleece lined trousers,waterproof over trousers.Well insulated boots or trainers,worm socks .Fingerless gloves for the shooting hand and worm fleece insulated glove with a rubber grip in the inside for the other hand.yoga matt for laying on the shore for close ups of pelicans feeding by the shore
The hotel
3 star accomodation 100 metres from the lake,en suite bathrooms and balconies,free wifi ,restaurant and cafeteria.Free tea and coffe making facilities in dining room,Meals at the hotel or if group wishes in local restaurant ,Lunch at local restaurant or picnik type if we are out for the day.
What is included in the workshop
Airport pick up and drop off from designated flight,all tranportation during workshop,hotel accomodation ,breakfast,lunch and dinner.Services of bilingual leader,tuition by leader including processing,after workshop help.Double-click here to edit the text.
What is NOT included
Flights,alcoholic drinks.If clients arrive on different than designated flight MUST arrive earlier than group pick up from airport.Travel insurance is a must and must be arranged by all participants
Cost
1700.00 all inclusive plus flights,a 200.00 not refundable deposit (refundable if another client takes the place) rest of money 2 months before departure date,late bookings,all fees paid upon booking
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