Majestic Swans Make Greek Lake their Home for Winter

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Dozens of migratory swans have arrived from northern Europe to the Kerkini Lake in northern Greece this week for the winter months.

The majestic birds will make the lake, situated about 50 km (31 miles) from the city of Serres, their home for six months.

The general coordinator of the management body of the National Park of Kerkini Theodoros Naziridis told AMNA that three kind of swans have made their appearance in the last days.

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Tundra swans, whose population has significantly risen in Greece in the last years in comparison with the previous decades, as well as five whooper swans and seven or eight mute swans.

“These are small populations and we recognize the birds as they have rings or collars with information on their trip to Kerkini Lake,” he said.

The beautiful wetland is a reference point for birdwatchers and bird-photographers in Greece.

Apart from swans one can spot greater flamingos, Dalmatian pelicans, cormorants, pygmy Cormorants and cranes.

Thousands of ducks from the very common to the more difficult to find red-crested pochards, smews, mergansers and white-headed ducks.

In addition, numerous waders and other birds of prey can be spotted, from the impressive white-tailed to eastern imperial and greater spotted eagles, northern goshawks, sparrow hawks and merlins.