Thursday, 23 April 2015

Lesvos Magic

Myself and Gina have just arrived in Lesvos, Greece a couple of days before our trip is due to start and as ever this wonderful island has many great birds to see whatever the weather. Its actually bright blue sky but chilly.
 
A quick look out side our hotel the 'Kalloni 2' and a Great Bittern showed itself off just 10ft away. Also lots of Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern and Garganey. A drive to the sheep fields rewarded us with the acti9ve nest of a pair of Penduline Tits, followed by 3 Spoonbills, 9 Ruddy Shelduck, 6 Greater Short-toed Larks, 6 Tawny Pipits, 10 Garganey, 9 Gull-billed Terns, 2 Black Storks, 11 Sort-toed Eagles, 6 Red-footed Falcons, a Hobby and a few Red-rumped Swallows. Moving on to the Salt Pond we found 15 Spotted Redshanks, a bunch of Ruff, 1 White-winged and 1 Whiskered Terns, 1 Temminck's Stint, Flamingos and hundreds of Avocets.

 
A quick look for the resident Scops Owls soon had us looking at two of these tiny owls roosting in a Eucalyptus tree together.
 
On to another site, this time for Kruper's Nuthatch and we soon located the nest hole of a pair of these sought after birds. They were feeding young so as soon as our group arrive on the weekend we will be revisiting this site.
 
On the way back to our hotel in the afternoon we spotted a nice male Montagu's Harrier, 6 Black Storks, 19 Glossy Ibis and right outside our hotel the Great Bittern gave an amazing performance.
 
Male Montagu's Harrier
 
Almost tame Great Bittern
 

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