We are in Vromolimni, at the northern end of Small Prespa Lake, an area of one of the 10 National Parks of Greece, where rare species of birds -pelicans (genus Pelecanus), cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo), herons (Ardea Linnaeus)- nest and breed.
Scientists row across the lake, among the water lilies, approaching islets with bird nests. At that area, they will record and put a ring in the pelican chicks and this action will enable their age and breeding place to be identified, but also for the researchers to form a clear picture of the migratory habits of the birds.
We see groups of Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) who groom each other, protecting the chicks on their nests. One researcher moves ahead with the rings which are going to be worn on the feet of the newborns and the other photographs the process. Afterwards, they depart in their canoe.