Интересните растения на Беласица
Интересните растения на Беласица
Boat or canoe trips

There are three points where we can start our boat or canoe trip. These points are the three piers of the lake.

Departure from the pier of Lithotopos
The trip lasts about 1 hour and we can mainly see the southern part of the lake. During the trip pelicans, cormorants and ducks can be observed.

Departure from the pier of Kerkini
The trip lasts about 1 ½ hours. We can see pelicans, flamingos, herons, ducks, geese and many species of waders during the winter and herons, cormorants, Pygmy Cormorants and Spoonbills during the spring.

Departure from the pier of Mandraki
This trip is almost the same like the previous one but it lasts only 1 hour (because of the shorter distance). This trip can be done only during the spring and the summer when the level of the water is high enough.
There is also the possibility to take a canoe during the spring and the summer.

Bird watching at Lake Kerkini

If you wish to make a trip around the lake, it is recommended to start from Vyronia and travel southwards and then west as this will keep the sun at your back.

1. Marshes expand on both sides of the road, from Vyronia to the river. All year round it is an exquisite area for observing herons, warblers, pygmy cormorants and different birds of prey. You can see also flycatchers and birds with “cryptic” behavior (birds that tend to hide), such as little crakes and little bitterns.

2. You find river dikes upstream of Vyronia bridge, as well as marshes on the northern side of the river which constitute habitats of unique biodiversity. Pelicans and cormorants are fishing all over the area. You may also observe cranes throughout the year, while in summer you may see lesser spotted eagles, Eleonora’s falcons, lapwings, stone curlews, as well as cattle egrets, if you are lucky. Keep your eyes open for tawny pipits, short-toed larks and black storks. In winter these habitats are used by spotted eagles.

3. There are wetlands between the river and the northeastern end of the lake and access is provided through Megalohori (the lake is to your left). The area shows its exquisite beauty any time of the year, especially in spring and summer. You can observe wading birds, herons, glossy ibises and terns. The area is a significant habitat for eagles, cranes, black storks and pelicans.

4. You see a dike at the northeastern end of the lake. The path of few kilometers gives you the opportunity to observe different bird species at any time of the year. Don’t forget to take a look at the fields behind you!

5. Lithotopos is the area surrounding the dam shaped by the pier and the river bed. It is a splendid area, especially during the winter when it becomesthe best spot to observe ferruginous ducks, as well as overwintering little egrets and black-crowned night herons. In winter the pelicans approach the fishermen, who feed them, and in summer great crested grebes nest by the port.

6. Follow the road along the lake bank from Lithotopos to Koryfoudi. You should always by alert. The mountains to the west are the places where booted eagles, short-toed eagles and lesser spotted eagles make their nests, as well as sparrow hawks, black kites and buzzards. Cranes are frequent visitors during winter and spring. Smaller trees offer a refuge to warblers (especially to subalpine warblers). There are also cirl buntings throughout the year; however rock buntings and sombre tits go higher on the hills as the cold draws back. Follow the path starting to your left, 4 kilometers away from Lithotopos, in order to go higher. There you will be able to observe masked shrikes and lesser grey shrikes. Look at the lake for large flocks of cormorants and pelicans fishing.

7. You see the marshes in Koryfoudi. It is a beautiful spot during spring and summer where you can observe herons, pygmy cormorants, Eurasian spoonbills and pelicans. Great crested grebes, Eurasian coots and moorhens build floating nests. During winter, observe the large flocks of ducks in the lake and look for rare species, but also take a look at the banks for water pipits, snipes and other wading birds, as well as for large flocks of greenfinches.

8. You reach the mouth of river Kerkinitis. This is a good spot for ducks in winter and for herons and pygmy cormorants in summer. Walk along the road to Koryfoudi and observe penduline tits, black-eared wheatears and ortolan buntings.

9. You reach the north end of the western dike. Access is provided through the road Livadia/ Kerkini (towards Livadia) parallel to the irrigation channel. This is a good spot to observe ducks and great egrets in winter and all species of herons and pygmy cormorants in summer. Keep your eyes open for cranes and wading birds throughout the year.

10. You reach the pier of Mandraki. This is a great spot to observe flocks of ducks, wading birds, pelicans and greater flamingos in winter (when the water level is low, a telescope is required). Keep your eyes open for spotted eagles and other birds of prey. In summer you can admire the herons, terns, pygmy cormorants, cormorants and pelicans fishing. Great crested grebes, Eurasian coots and moorhens nest in floating nests. From this spot you can see the nesting platforms of Dalmatian pelicans and the floating platform for the terns.

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