Prespa National Park

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Lake Megali Prespa photograph
Lake Megali Prespa

Lake Megali Prespa

A large freshwater lake shared with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece . The total area of the lake is 27,000 ha. Up until the recent past the lake used to form one lake with Lake Mikri Prespa (IBA 004), but is now separated and 3 m lower in altitude. The Albanian sector of the lake has no marshes or reedbeds. All the surrounding areas are cultivated.
Birds The lake is of high importance for wintering waterbirds. A total of 12,000 individuals were counted in January 1996, including Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus, 171 Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis, 1,268 ducks of six species and over 10,000 Coot ,Fulica atra. The importance of the site for migrating birds is not known. Because of lack of shore vegetation, and disturbance, the Albanian part of the lake is of minor importance for breeding waterbirds but it is part of the foraging area of several species breeding in Macedonian and Greek parts of the lake, including Dalmatian Pelican ,Pelecanus crispus, White Pelican pictured, Pelecanus onocrotalus and Pygmy Cormorant ,Phalacrocorax pygmeus.

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