Dates & Prices


Dates: 18th – 22nd January 2023 (TBC)

Price: £1,195 Places available

Single Room Supplement: £none

Deposit: £150 per person

Price Includes: Accommodation, all meals, ground transport, services of guides

Not Included: International & internal flights, travel insurance, drinks & any other personal items

Conservation Donation: 10% of profits donated to Birdwing

Leader(s): Oliver Wright & local guide

Group Size: Minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 guests plus 2 leaders.

Holiday Highlights

  • Dalmatian Pelicans in their pristine breeding colours
  • Led by professional photographer Oliver Wright
  • Stunning winter landscape of Lake Kerkini against the backdrop of Mount Belles
  • One centre tour in a family run hotel close to the lake
  • Special boat trips on the lake for early morning photo shoots
  • Shore based excursions to add variety of shooting positions, ground level etc
  • Tuition & guidance to suit all levels
  • Small group to ensure a high quality photography experience
  • Great chance to stay for an extra week for our Birdwatching in Northern Greece tour

New for this winter! Dalmatian Pelican Photography tour with professional photographer Oliver Wright!


Holiday Guide

Oliver Wright is is a professional photographer, who left a corporate office job behind him in 2014. Now 47 he works as an arctic landscape/aurora photographic guide during the winter period and then in the summer time completes his own projects and undertakes other photographic guiding and teaching. Oliver is a passionate specialist in macro photography and has developed his own techniques for handheld stacking images, which produce a very unique view into the insect world. The technique is also used in other photographic genres. He is very much an outdoors/wildlife person so is feeling he has definitely made the right career move!

Oliver often gives talks for Canon about his photography and has represented them at some major events, talking on the main stage at ‘The Photography Show 2019’ and at the BirdFair, the largest wildlife event of its kind in the world, in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This year Oliver was also a judge for the BBC Countryfile Photography Calendar Competition and appeared on the program.

Join professional photographer Oliver Wright for a winter photography tour at the stunning location of Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece!

We’re very happy to be able to offer this exciting winter trip to Greece, to photograph the iconic Dalmatian Pelican at their very best, in their vivid breeding colours!

The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is the largest pelican species in the world and is one of the largest birds in the world too. It can grow to an impressive 1.75m length with a huge wingspan of just over 3m.

Our main focus for this photography tour is the pelican and other wildlife on and around Lake Kerkini in the northwestern part of the Serres prefecture, 40km of the town of Serres and about 100km from the city of Thessaloniki. The lake is arguably the best location in the world to photograph Dalmatian Pelicans and offers great opportunities to capture a range of shots, from intimate portraits (they can come close enough for macro!) to wide angle shots featuring stunning landscapes.

You will be led by our photography guide Oliver throughout the holiday. He will offer you as much guidance and advice as you require and help you to develop your photography skills. Oliver is the perfect guide for this holiday as his photography work is as varied as the opportunities that will present themselves by the pelicans – from close up portraits & action shots, to wide angle shots featuring more of the backdrops of the lake and mountain.

Location information

Lake Kerkini, situated in one of the most northern parts of Greece and close to the border with Bulgaria, is rightly renowned as one of the continent’s most important wintering bird sites, where birds number are one of the highest anywhere in Eastern Europe. Its international importance to birds is recognised by its designation as a Ramsar site and the overall beauty and richness of the area for wildlife is why the lake forms the heart of Lake Kerkini National Park.

As well as the serene waters of the lake, there is the imposing backdrop to the north of snow-capped Mount Belles, which rises up into the landscape at over 2,000m. The mountain provides some great compositional opportunities and variation for your photography.

Dalmatian Pelican information and conservation

The Dalmatian pelican is a globally threatened species. Extremely vulnerable across its entire geographical range, it is classified as “Near Threatened” on the IUCN Red List. The species has suffered a huge decline in recent decades, but thankfully conservation efforts at places like Lake Kerkini are making a positive contribution to the global population’s future.

One important thing which sets our tour apart from other companies is our ongoing commitment to conservation. Since 2013 we have been partnering with the local bird charity Birdwing (Bird watching in northern Greece) to support their efforts to protect and conserve the Dalmatian Pelican and numerous other species in the area. Money raised from our tours has helped with the construction costs of pelican breeding platforms, roller nest boxes, and the running costs for an anti-poison dog unit.

You can read more about Birdwings work on their website

A selection of other potential species to photograph: Greater Flamingo, Great White Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Greater Spotted Eagle, Great White Egret and various waterfowl.

Book your places soon on what we expect to be a very popular tour!

Day 1: Arrival

We will meet you at Thessaloniki airport & transfer to our hotel (approx 1h 15m).

If there is time we will have our first excursion around the lake.

Days 2 – 4 Lake Kerkini:

We will spend the next three days focusing on Dalmatian Pelican photography, plus an array of other interesting birds and wildlife that can be found around the lake and the general vicinity.

We will generally be starting with early morning sessions at first light, in a special boat on the lake. We will then take a break for lunch, before heading out again for the afternoon and through to the evening, for shore based photography with changing light conditions.

Day 5: Departure

Transfer to Thessaloniki airport for return flights.

New holiday for 2020 so testimonials will follow later

New holiday so reports will follow later