Traveling season

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We were in the UK and Ireland in February then, in April, at Hilary’s father’s 90th birthday party in London.  Pretty well as soon as we got back we took of on the ferry to Kavala, hired a car (with some difficulty, as it was a Sunday and everywhere was shut) and drove straight to Lake Kerkini.

Kerkini village is a delightful place.  On this occasion there was a (very well behaved) school party staying in the hotel so we were treated to three nights in a beautifully restored house.  Beers were taken at our favourite bar in the village and meals at the Oikoperigitis where our friend Vasilis is a guide.

black-kite-2On our first day we traveled around the lake, visiting favourite places and taking photographs of birds.  The next day we went up to the monastery, above which is a small reservoir where we were lucky enough to see a black kite perched, motionless in a tree for about twenty minutes. We went on to a spot near the Bulgarian border where rollers are often found but we can’t honestly say that we found any.  It was only a short drive on some extremely good roads.  We did see a very long line of trucks waiting to cross the border.

We also went out on Vasilis’ boat.  This is always a magical experience and different every time.  This year the level of the lake has been kept low to avoid flooding of the villages.  This has not been a totally good thing for the wildlife.  We were not able to enter the drowned forest (which is, sadly, slowly dying) though we did get quite close.

It was, of course, perfect biking weather (we left the bike at home).  But the next part of the trip was very windy so we were, eventually, glad of the hired car.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Traveling season

  1. Breeding pairs of Great Crested Grebes and Ruddy Shelducks have arrived on the lake up here at the hideaway. There are never going to be a profusion of species due to the nature of the lake (magnesium) and the limited water wildlife. Nice to have your photos.

    • We got very excited when we first saw grebes in Eğidir, then loads in Kerkini. Walking down the Thames path in August 2014, however, was the most grebey experience we have had in recent years. We did see one or two grebe dances on Kerkini this year. Last year we went in June and they all had babies on their backs.
      Kerkini is a place we really, really like. Winters are too cold for us to want to live there!

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