Bird Photography: Shorebirds in Artemis Lagoon, Athens

Bird photography is growing fast worldwide, with the evolution of DSLR cameras, photoprocessing, and social media. On May 3rd 2022, we had the request from a US birder to run a birding tour around Athens, focused on bird photography. 

Curlew Sandpiper at Artemis Lagoon, Athens
Curlew Sandpiper at Artemis Lagoon, Athens

We found a small pond in Artemis Lagoon, were a small flock of Curlew Sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea) was feeding carelessly. Two Little Stints (Calidris minuta) and a Little Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) were also enjoying the fresh water, searching for food in order to continue their migration journey. 


Migration under way

Little Plover at Artemis Lagoon, Athens
Little Plover at Artemis Lagoon, Athens

Little Stint at Artemis Lagoon, Athens
Little Stint at Artemis Lagoon, Athens

All the above photographs were taken handheld, just beside the water pond, with no hide neaded. Birds were not disturbed, no matter the passing by bikes, hikers and bird photgraphers.

We used a Canon 7D MArk II, with Canon 300mm f4 lense. 
Photo processing with Adobe Lightroom


Face to face


Sometime to rest


Working for a good lunch