Bird watching at the lakes of Prespa


At the meeting place of the borders of the three Balkan countries, Greece, Albania and Macedonia are located the two Prespa Lakes, these two lakes are tectonic natural lakes and are among the oldest European lakes. The smaller lake is located entirely in Greece, while the bigger lake is divided between the three countries and the biggest part of the lake belongs to Macedonia. The major Prespa Lake is the second popular lake in Macedonia, while Ohrid Lake is the most popular Macedonian lake.

The major Prespa Lake is very significant because of its abundant flora and fauna, both on land and in the water, both of the lakes are famous for the carp, which is a local specialty, and can be tasted in most of the local villages and in the small town of Resen, near the lake.  The area around the lake is offering refuge to many bird species and there are many species of birds here to be seen. There are many hills rising above the lake, with many caves, rocks and cliffs and mountain massifs going higher than 2000 meters, and from here you can see the lakes both Prespa and Ohrid.


The diverse terrain and the water basins made this place heaven for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. The lakes Prespa are home to more than 170 species of birds but most important they offer refuge to many rare and endemic species. If you visit some of the local villages and take a boat tour around the major lake and near the island Golem Grad you will see huge flocks of birds and spectacular sights. Here you can see the Pygmy Cormorant and Dalmatian Pelican, which are still here in big numbers, while they are almost extinct worldwide.

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