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Renowned as one of the finest wetland sites in Europe, lake Kerkini attracts a few dozens of thousands of water birds each winter. Dalmatian Pelicans gain full breeding plumage in late winter, one to two dozens of Greater Spotted Eagles winter regularly and other birds to look at include Lesser White-fronted Geese, thousands of Flamingoes, waterfowl and Pygmy Cormorants, Golden and White-tailed Eagle, Rock Nuthatch, woodpeckers or Eagle Owl.
Experience one of the best raptor watching in Europe including a vulture feeding place, a fantastic pelican show at Prespa lake and a great selection of Mediterranean passerines in the wonderful scenery of South Macedonia and at Prespa lake in Greece. We will hope to find such delights as Lanner, Imperial Eagle, Dalmatian Pelican or Masked Shrike.
Millions of birds pass through Cyprus every year during the spring migration and many of them can be seen along the coast and rivers. Two local endemics, Cyprus Wheatear and Cyprus Warbler, are then joined by many other species that are difficult to see elsewhere in Europe like Chukar, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Spectacled Warbler, Spur-winged and Greater Sand Plover, Cretzschmar´s Bunting, Desert Wheatear, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Demoiselle Crane, Bimaculated Lark or Pied Kingfisher.
Belarus has recently become one of the prime birding destinations in Europe. The variety of birds includes several highlight species very rarely seen in other parts of Europe. It is truly an unbeatable paradise remaining intact and wild with huge populations of Bison, Lynx and Wolf as well as Azure Tit, Greater Spotted Eagle, Great Snipe, Terek Sandpiper, Three-toed Woodpecker, Citrine Wagtail or Aquatic Warbler.
Varied landscapes and the position of Macedonia at the crossroads of the Balkans combine with traditional land management to create the right ingredients for abundant and diverse wildlife. Stunning butterflies and a great range of birds are an obvious focus, but flowers and other insects also abound and promise plenty of Balkan specialities, not to mention variety of lizards, snakes and turtles and flowers.
.. your natural choice in Eastern Europe
Water birds are on the move northwards in Europe. They will be soon replaced by other species and many water bodies like this gravel pit in the east of Czech Republic will remain empty.
Vodní ptáci už táhnou na sever. Některá místa jako toto jezero s postupujícím jarem značně osiří.
Cirl Bunting that posed only a few seconds. Gordon Small, lake Kerkini (www.wildlifeimagesgs.com)
Strnad cvrčivý od jezera Kerkini. Velice pohotový záběr, tento samec poseděl jenom pár sekund (www.wildlifeimagesgs.com).
Male (and a female) Sardinian Warbler was a lucky find near lake Kerkini in January. And Gordon Small (wildlifeimagesgs.com) was fast enough to take a shot of this very skulking and restless individual.
Pěnice bělohrdlá zřejmě nezimuje u jezera Kerkini pravidelně. Měli jsme štěstí a viděli celý, i když velmi plachý pár.