Jeffrey Van Daele Photography | TRAVEL :: Dalmatian Pelicans at Lake Kerkini

TRAVEL :: Dalmatian Pelicans at Lake Kerkini

May 19, 2018  •  1 Comment

Last February I was co-guiding a group with STARLING colleague Yves Adams ( The idea is to be a substitute guide every other year, so next year Yves will still be guiding this trip, in 2020 I'll be guiding, in 2021 Yves and so on... But, and this is not a sponsored message :), 'Oh my God' lovely are those animals and what a diversity of images you can get from just one day shooting! From close-ups to, what I prefer, habitat shots, to pannings, backlit images, fly shots and so on.

Portrait of a Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)Portrait of a Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)Lake Kerkini, Greece But, actually, I was really looking forward to take some more creative shots. 

For the first image I needed a wide angle lens. Now, I do have a Nikon 14-24mm but the glass is a sphere and as we would come close to the birds and get very wet, it's not so easy to wipe it dry in a second. So I contacted Nikon Belgium and they've lended me the 16-35mm for which I'm very grateful. The idea was to come that close to the birds so the wide angle would distort the bills. I didn't really came out the way I wanted to, mainly because I didn't want to come too close and disturb the other participants, but I'm rather happy with the resulting image.

Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) catching fishDalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) catching fishLake Kerkini, Greece And for the images with the slower shutter speed, it's just trial and error...

Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)Lake Kerkini, Greece Working with a slow shutter, you'll get more sharpness using a flash. The next image really shows the chaos during the feeding frenzy.

Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) with creative shutterDalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) with creative shutterLake Kerkini, Greece But my favourite image is probably this one:

Highkey of Dalmatian pelicans jumping (Pelecanus crispus)Highkey of Dalmatian pelicans jumping (Pelecanus crispus)Lake Kerkini, Greece I love the lack of color, the serenity, the minimalism and the repetition of the bills.

Would you like to see more? Why not head over to my Dalmatian Pelicans Collection >>



Vanlerberghe Patrick(non-registered)
Gewoonweg prachtig, dit is oog hebben voor beeld.
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