Greenwings’ trip to Lake Kerkini in Winter, running in January 2015 (http://www.greenwings.co/page/birds-of-lake-kerkini-in-winter-4259), offers the opportunity to see Dalmatian Pelicans close-up – it’s the best site in the world for this species. Other highlights are likely to include Ferruginous Duck, Pygmy Cormorant, Greater Flamingo, Black Stork, White-headed Duck, Greater Spotted Eagle, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Black, Syrian, Middle Spotted and White-backed Woodpeckers, Great Grey Shrike, Rock Nuthatch, Rock Bunting, Hawfinch, Sombre Tit and Eagle Owl.
If you fancy exploring this bird-rich area yourself, you can win one of five copies of Birdwatching in Northern Greece - a Site Guide, by Steve Mills.
Now in its second edition, it is the most detailed and up-to-date guide available for the area, including revised and extended sections on Lake Kerkini, Evros Delta, Porto Lagos, Nestos, Lake Ismarida and Dadia Forest, new sites such as the Amvrakikos Gulf, Kalamas Delta, Prespa Lakes and Mount Paggeo, detailed maps and descriptions of the areas around Thessaloniki,, eight more sites in the Kerkini area and new sites in the Evros Hills, and general information on lots of other sites, including Mount Olympus, Lake Karla, the Rodopi and Pindos Mountains.
There are detailed maps and directions throughout, plus GPS data. There’s also a current status list for birds of the region, a checklist of birds of Greece and colour photos of the region's speciality species.
To be in with a chance of winning a copy, click here. (Closing date 16 July 2014)
Greenwings also has a number of other tours, including this (http://www.greenwings.co/page/raptor-migration-on-the-strait-of-gibraltar-20) trip to the Straits of Gibraltar in September – there are still places left, ifyou hurry.
Greenwings Wildlife Holidays work with BirdWING (BirdWatching in Northern Greece) to run tours that see great birds and other wildlife, but also raise awareness of the conservation issues facing species and habitats, as well as donating some of the proceeds to BirdWING to help fund their conservation efforts.
The company also works with local businesses that support eco-tourism – for example, hoteliers who used to deal with house hunters but have now switched totally to catering for wildlife-watching.