Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Lesvos - Day 4

This morning a quick look on the salt pans saw a distinct lack of birds compared to previous days. However a nice male Citrine Wagtail made up for this by giving us great close views.
Male Citrine Wagtail
Afyer breakfast we decided to make a quick call in at the Scops OIwl site and unbelievably there were 5 birds all on show.We had great photo opportunities before being distracted by a Middle Spotted Woodpecker that shot into its nest hole and never came out.
Scops Owl
Moving on we arrived at the Ruppell's Warbler site and were greeted with views of Subalpine and Sardinian Warbler but no Ruppell's. After an anxious wait a male flew onto a telephone wire and everyone enjoyed superb views. A little later it showed well on some close bushes.
Male Ruppell's Warbler
Moving on to the North Coast track we found several superb Masked Shrikes, a Common Cuckoo and a flock of 25 Bee-eaters.
After an excellent tavern lunch we made our way down the Napi Valley seeing Roller, 4 species of shrike including 1 Lesser Grey, while an evening look at the salt pans found us a Spoonbill, Kentish Plovers and a flying Stone Curlew. Back on the Kalloni pool outside our hotel there was 2 Purple Herons, 2 Little Bitterns and 10 Glossy Ibis and 5 Squacco Herons.

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