Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Wildlife around Lake Kerkini, Greece.

A few days ago we returned from a wildlife watching holiday in northern Greece.

About 100km from Thessaloniki our base for the week was the family run Limneo Guest House situated in the rural village of Hrisohorafa (Chryssohorafa) on the south east side of Lake Kerkini where the inhabitants are mainly employed in fishing, farming and breeding buffalo.

Very close to the Bulgarian border Lake Kerniki, an irrigation reservoir, is contained by the natural barriers of the Kerkini (Belles) Mountains to the north and the Mavrovouni Mountains in the south and is an important Ramsar wetland site for its breeding Dalmatian Pelicans and Pygmy Cormorants plus host to many other diverse species. I will explain more about the lakes' history in a future post

Our week here was mainly centered around the wildlife on and around Lake Kerkini plus an excursion into the mountains and further afield.

So here are some images as a introduction for follow up posts.

Water Buffalo feeding on the spring grasses. During our stay we enjoyed various culinary delights including their meat cooked in the traditional way.

Our first foray during the afternoon on day one with a visit to two areas around the dam produced a taster for the week ahead. Large flocks of Pelicans, White Stock (also a very local nester in the village), Blue Chaser, the first of many Odonata and the delicately woven nest of a Penduline Tit.

One of the numerous sub-adult Dalmatian Pelican (above) encountered during the week.

A Squacco Heron (above) and a [Black-crowned] Night Heron (below).

Linking to:
Nature Notes
Wild Bird Wednesday


  1. You saw more on holiday than I saw in nearly 3 years in the Med. Good one Frank.

    1. Thanks Mike. My total tally was 130 species in 7 leisurely days!

  2. You have quite a selection of birds here. Nice series!

  3. you found some lovely wildlife. wonderful images.

  4. You have shown us parts of Greece I haven't seen before. Thank you Frank.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  5. Hello Frank!:) I usually am prevented from commenting on your blog, but I hope my comment goes through this time. I enjoyed seeing all your great captures of the Greek wildlife. Lovely shots of everything, especially the Herons.

  6. I do approve of the technique and method of showing some of the environment around the bird as in the two heron shots - great Frank

  7. Amazing pictures, hard to think of water buffalo in Greece!

  8. Absolutely beautiful images Frank. I had no idea they had water buffalo in Greece. Wow. Can't wait to see more.

  9. Belle série ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

  10. How wonderful Frank...a trip to Greece and the wildlife did not disappoint...Michelle


I hope you enjoyed your visit and I always appreciate your comments and feedback.


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