In winter the wetlands of Northern Greece hold huge numbersof birds that have escaped from the harsh weather in Centraland Eastern Europe. Join us for a great birding experience withopportunities to see a variety of highly sought-after species!
This tour starts from Thessaloniki on the Aegean Sea. If time allowswe visit Kalohori Lagoon in the vicinity of Thessaloniki, which is avery good site for waterfowl and shore-birds in winter.
The first couple of days we will explore the area of Kerkini Lake NationalPark, which hosts big flocks of waterfowl and waders in winter.Among the target species that we are expected to see here are theDalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Whooper Swan, Tundra Swan(ssp. bewickii), Ferruginous Duck, Greater Flamingo, Greater SpottedEagle, Moustached Warbler. The Lesser White-frontedGooseis amongst the site’s highlights, as its whole European populationcomes to spend the winter in the wetlands of Northern Greece. Theforests around the lake hold Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker,Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Short-toed Treecreeper, SombreTit, etc. The Wallcreeper is another specialty in the area, as thismagnificent bird can be found wintering on some of the local cliffs.
The Nestos Delta is the next main birding site we visit on this trip.It hosts a big variety of wintering gulls, including Audouin’s andCaspian Gull. Other target species here include Mediterranean Gull,Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, VelvetScoter. We will also check the hills in the Nestos Gorge for RockPartridge, Rock Bunting, Cirl Bunting and Sombre Tit.
Then we will head east, where we will spend the day at the Vistonidaand Ismarida lakes, looking for the White-headed Duck, GreatBittern, Smew, Little Bustard, White-tailed Eagle, Short-eared Owl, Slender-billedGull, Calandra Lark.
Another major birding area which we will visit is the Dadia ForestNational Park, hosting the only breeding population of the EurasianBlack Vulture in Greece. At the feeding station we can also expect the Eurasian Griffon Vulture, Black Kite, Golden Eagle, EasternImperial Eagle. Other interesting species of birds in the areainclude the Long-legged Buzzard, Syrian Woodpecker, Middle SpottedWoodpecker, Sombre Tit, Rock Bunting and Cirl Bunting.
The final part of our holiday is dedicated to the Evros Delta, wherewe will be searching for the Greater Flamingo, Great Bittern, DalmatianPelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Ruddy Shelduck, Little Bustard, Greater Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, as well as plenty of ducks, gullsand waders. In cold winters some big numbers of geese come inthe area from the north, including the Red-breasted Goose andTundra Bean Goose.
The price includes:
– The ground transport by van or small bus (depending on the group-size), including the transfers from / to Thessaloniki Airport;
– Accommodation in family-run 2/3* hotels in twin-bedded en-suite rooms;
– All breakfasts, lunches and 3-course dinners;
– English speaking expert guide during the whole trip;
– Entrance fees in the protected areas