GREECE - LAKE KERKINI
Friday 8th – Monday 11th September 2017
Tour cost excluding flights per person sharing a room 510 Euros (single supplement 50 Euros)
Return flights with Easyjet from Gatwick to Thessaloniki about £190 or to Sofia (from where it is also possible to start the trip) about £100
For this tour will shall be using Neophron, our old friends in Bulgaria, as ground agents.
Nestled picturesquely between two separate mountain ranges, Lake Kerkini is one of the true jewels of European birding and the core of a nature reserve that is a relatively unexplored wonderland of beauty and biological diversity.
Kerkini Lake National Park has a lot to offer throughout the year. Plenty of White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, herons, ducks and storks, Rollers and Bee-eaters, riverside forests, water-lilies and fantastic panoramic views from the mountains of Belasitsa and Krousia give it a characteristic atmosphere year round.
Key species of birds to be seen in the area of Lake Kerkini include Ferruginous Duck, Pygmy Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, White Pelican, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Golden Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Black Kite, Long-legged Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk, Stone Curlew, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern, Little Owl, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Roller, European Bee-eater, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear (ssp. melanoleuca), Eastern Orphean Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Olive-tree Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Sombre Tit, Eurasian Penduline Tit, Western Rock Nuthatch, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Masked Shrike, Common Rock Sparrow, Black-headed Bunting, etc., while on passage one can expect to see Red-footed Falcon, Eleonora’s Falcon, Montagu’s Harrier, and many species of passerines as well.
The forests around hold Black, Grey-headed, Middle Spotted and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Short-toed Treecreeper, Sombre Tit, Hawfinch, etc.
One of the days we shall do a boat trip in the lake and get closer to pelicans and flamingos.
The combination of wildfowl, flora and fauna, good weather for a large part of the year and a virtually traffic-free track around the lake make it ideal for birding.
The price includes:
Ground transport by van or small bus (depending on the group-size), including the transfers from / to Thessaloniki or Sofia Airport;
Accommodation in a family-run middle-standard hotel in twin-bedded en-suite room;
All breakfasts, lunches and 3-course dinners
English speaking expert guide during the whole trip;
Boat trip in Kerkini Lake;
Entrance fees to the protected areas.