Friday, 22 April 2016

Lesvos Magic

Back on the fabulous island of Lesvos for our annual Sunrise Birding spring tour and just scouting a few places to see what's around before our group arrive on Saturday.
Some nice Red-footed Falcons were seen early morning yesterday.
On the Tsiknias River we watched three crake species all in the exact same spot.
Male Baillon's Crake
Male Little Crake
Spotted Crake
On the salt pans we have seen plenty of shorebirds including Marsh Sandpipers, Spotted Redshanks. 2,000 Ruff, Temminck's Stint, lots of Wood Sandpipers, and Terns including White-winged and Gull-billed, a Slender-billed Gull, good numbers of Black Storks, Glossy Ibis and Flamingos. Avocets and Black-winged Stilts were everywhere.

 Around the edge of the Salt Pans the Bee-eaters showed well, while the Metochi Lake gave us fabulous views of a Pallid Swift amongst a group of Common Swifts.

At the regular spot for Scops Owl we managed to find 3 during the middle of the day.
Apart from the birds we also saw plenty of other wildlife including dragonflies such as this

Blue Emperor
We also saw plenty of butterflies including this
Orbed Red-underwing Skipper

And damselflies such as this Robust Spreadwing

More tomorrow

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