Pelicans of Lake Kerkini, Greece, 2018

It all started when I was watching and documenting dalmatian pelicans in my country Kuwait. It is really rare to see dalmatian pelicans in Kuwait. There were only 8 sightings of this bird in my country. This got me interested in exploring this type of bird more and more. I started doing my research online and found that Lake Kerkini in one of the best places to see these beautiful birds, especially in their breeding season, which is when their beaks turn red. I arranged my trip to Kerkini and went on the trip of my life. It was really cold and foggy at the moment of this shot. We were on a boat trip, but unfortunately the photograph wasn’t successful because of the fog. I recommended to the group to take a chance and try to photograph the pelicans from the shore. We went to the shore and we started to photograph the pelicans and waited patiently for the pelicans to align to take this shot. The second reason why I went to see these type of birds is their global status of Near Threatened [IUCN Red List of Threatened Species].

Location: Lake Kerkini, Greece
Photograph Date: 2018
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200
Available Sizes: 40cm & 70cm

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About the Photographer

Omar Al-Sayed Omar

Two of my passions in life are photography and travel, which make for a great combination.

I grew up in the State of Kuwait and became fascinated with wildlife photography, particularly birds. I have also since developed my filmmaking skills. It started when I needed to document migratory birds and some rare species that pass through Kuwait during autumn and spring.

Over the past seven years, I have visited many natural reserves across Europe to capture species of birds in different environments.

I believe that wildlife photography is the most challenging compared to other types of photography. In wildlife, photographers can’t control moments, light and subjects so great photos come with great effort and patience.

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