Sunday, 1 May 2016

Final days on Lesvos

So our fabulous trip to Lesvos has come to an end. We encourage as many of you as possible to visit this magical island, the birding is spectacular, the scenery is beautiful and the locals must be the friendliest in Europe. Myself and Gina will be leading next years tour for our friends at High Lonesome Birdtours. Check it out and join us in one of Europe's best bird migration hotspots.
Spectacular fields of Poppy's
and beautiful fishing villages where we often stop for lunch
As for the wildlife our last few days proved as good as ever. The islands star birds the Kruper's Nuthatch and Cinereous Buntings all showed well.
Kruper's Nuthatch at its nest hole
Cinereous Bunting singing its heart out
Around the salt pans we saw Pallid and Montagu's Harriers, lots of Bee-eaters, Temminck's Stints, Rufous Bush Robin, Little Bitterns, Great Bittern and even more views of the Baillon's Crake.
European Bee-eaters showing well.
We found this Great Bittern one evening
Plenty of Little Bitterns

Up to 50 Red-footed Falcons appeared in one day
Our second Rufous Bush Robin singing from the top of a bush
Yellow wagtails of several races showed up
Nice looking Curlew Sandpiper
One of many Purple Herons
On other parts of the island we enjoyed great migration with countless Red-backed Shrikes, hundreds of Black-headed Buntings, smart looking Collared Flycatchers, Golden Orioles, Isabelline Wheatears, male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Sombre Tit and more.
Male Collared Flycatcher
Black-headed Bunting
Woodlark with food for its hungry chicks
Male Red-backed Shrike
This Long-legged Buzzard showed well
A few other bits and pieces completed our time on magical Lesvos.
Another shot of the showy Baillon's Crake
Red-rumped Swallow
Scarce Swallowtail
Orbed Red-underwing Skipper
Female Broad-bodied Chaser
Pitcher Plant
Toothed Orchid
Green-winged Orchid
Provence Orchid
Wild Tulip
And finally this tiny little orchid is Ophrys minutula and with no English Name
I've named it Telly Tubby Orchid !!!

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