Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Demoiselle Crane, terek Sandpipers at Porto Lagos, Northern Greece

Autumn migration is in it's peak, it terms of waders activity. This year, Porto Lagos area is rich is rare birds, such as this beautiful Demoiselle Crane, as well as Terek Sandpipers, not to mention plenty of Broad-billed Sandpipers. Birdwatching in the big wetlands of Northern Greece, during August and September can reveal many unexpected sightings.

Demoiselle Crane

Terek Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpipers

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Σταύρακας & Σκαρέας 2015: Τα Πουλιά της Αττικής

Σταύρακας & Σκαρέας 2015: Τα Πουλιά της Αττικής
Σταύρακας & Σκαρέας 2015: Τα Πουλιά της Αττικής. Οδηγός Παρατήρησης πουλιών της Αθήνας και της Αττικής
Τα Πουλιά της Αττικής είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο που παρουσιάζει με λεπτομέρεια την άγνωστη αλλά πλούσια ορνιθοπανίδα της Αθήνας και της Αττικής. Πάνω απο 300 διαφορετικά είδη πουλιών μένουν μόνιμα ή επισκέπτονται την περιοχή, πολλά εκ των οποίων είναι σπάνια και απειλούμενα, όπως η Βαλτόπαπια και ο Σπιζαετός ή έχουν πολύ περιορισμένη εξάπλωση παγκοσμίως όπως ο Αιγαιοτσιροβάκος και το Φρυγανοτσίχλονο.
Μέσα απο 370 φωτογραφίες αλλά και λεπτομερείς χάρτες των πιο σημαντικών περιοχών για τα πουλιά της Αττικής, το βιβλίο αυτό των Λευτέρη Σταύρακα και Σπύρου Σκαρέα φιλοδοξεί να αποτελέσει πολύτιμο βοήθημα σε έμπειρους αλλά και νέους παρατηρητές πουλιών που θέλουν να μάθουν περισσότερα για τους φτερωτούς κατοίκους της πιο πυκνοκατοικημένης περιοχής της Ελλάδας.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Birdwatching at Lake Kerkini: Greece's birding paradise!

Birding at Lake Kerkini in spring is always amazing. Lots of colourful birds, butterflies, reptiles, where wild nature is alive.
Even at a day trip in the area can easily provide more than 100 species. Highlights:
- Masked Shrike, especially close to hills and low vegetation

Masked Shrike with prey in its mouth
Masked Shrike
White Stork with Mt Belles as backround

A couple of Great Crested Grebes is preparing the floating nest!

- Eastern Orphean Warblers
- Levant Sparrowhawk
- Orioles, Olivaceaus Warblers and Nightingales singing non stop
- Dalmatian Pelicans and Pygmy Cormorants 
Typical Kerkini birdscape pic: a tree full of Pygmy Cormorants

Red-backed Shrike
Little Owl

Birdwatching in Athens: June's highlights!

On June 7th we had a splendid day birding around Athens, mainly small wetlands together with Hymettus Mt. Lots of interesting species, together with eating traditional gyros at lunch time.
We started from Hymettus Mt, were we encountered Rueppell's Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, surprisingly missed Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Nuthatch.
We continued in Spata fields, which are still full of water, so this helped us to see a nice Whiskered Tern! Other species were Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Squacco herons, Black-winged Stilts.
Our next stop was Artemis (Loutsa) lagoon, were we heard the monotonous flight song of Zitting Cisticolas. It was only until we reached Vravrona Estuary that we managed to have great looks of this tiny little bird.
Zitting Cisticola at Vravrona fields, performing gymnastics!

The highlights of the day were:
a. Two Rufous Scrub Robins, at their ordinary patch, displaying and singing non stop, at Vravrona fields, close to Athens Airport.
Rufous Scrub Robin at Vravrona fields
 b. A beautiful Hoopoe that was following our car in Spata fields, together with Black-headed Buntings, the typical summer singer in Attica fields.

Black-headed Bunting singing on a thirstle
The full species list of June 7th bird trip:

Little Grebe
Black-winged Stilt
Glossy Ibis
Little Egret
Squacco heron
Purple heron
Common Buzzard
Common Kestrel
Yellow-legged Gull
Whiskered Tern
Common Swift
House Martin
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Crested Lark
Sardinian Warbler
Rueppell's Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Zitting Cisticola
Olivaceous Warbler (heard)
Sedge Warbler (heard)
Reed Warbler (heard) Woodchat Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Rufous Bush Robin
Great Tit
Collared Dove
Hooded Crow
House Sparrow
Black-headed Bunting
Corn Bunting

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Birdwatching in Greece with Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is not just a famous author but also a very keen birdwatcher. His desire was to see a Syrian Woodpecker, the only European woodpecker he hadn't seen so far. So, who is the best to help him find his lifer? Greece Bird Tours of course! We arranged a special tour just to see this bird, but we also got some really good views of the Black Stork as well.

Another succesfull bird trip is over!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Birdwatching in Greece: More migration snapshots

More pics of migrants, on their way to the north.

Barn Swallows are very common in agricultural land

A Turtle Dove resting on a tree stand at the plain of Kopaida, Central Greece
Night Heron in a ditch at the plain of Kopaida

Monday, April 27, 2015

Birwatching in Greece: Bird Migration Snapshots

April is almost done and bird migration is at its peak. This is the time for many interesting species; some are very colourful while others are rather dull.

Bee-eaters are common and widespread passage migrants

The Great Reed Warbler is a widespread passage migrant and summer visitor

Monday, April 20, 2015

Birdwatching in Athens: Arrival of the Red-footed Falcons!

Once again, late April is the best month to look for the Red-footed Falcons in Athens. The first group of 10+ birds was seen at Spata Fields (the best site to look for them in spring). The birds were perching in a vineyard, grounded by strong northern winds.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Birdwatching in Athens: Spata Fields are flooded (with water and birds)!

The plain east of the town of Spata is a very good birdwatching site for those interested in farmalnd birds. However, it is also very important for waterfowl, herons and waders when a part of the plain gets flooded after a very rainy winter season, like this year. Within a few meters you can see Glossy Ibis, Red-throated Pipits and Tawny Pipits!

Flocks of Glossy Ibises forage on flooded vineyards

The Red-throated Pipit is a regular passage migrant 

Tawny Pipits are frequently seen on open areas

Friday, April 10, 2015

Birdwatching in Athens: Spring Migration Update, March 2015 (Part III)

The first Sedge Warblers were heard on the 6th of March, while Great Reed Warblers arrived om the last days of the month.
Sedge Warbler (Schinias National Park)
Ruppel's and Subalpine Warblers were already on their breeding grounds by mid March, while Eastern Bonelli's, Wood and Willow Warblers were seen on the 30th. 

Ruppell's Warbler (Mt Hymettus)

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler (Spata Fiels)
There was also a large wave of Semi-collared and Collared Flycatchers from the 24th to the 30th of March. 
Collared Flycatcher (Spata Fields)

Semi-collared Flycatcher, female (Vravrona Wetland)
Finally, the first Cretzschmar's Buntings showed up on their usual spots on Mt Penteli. 

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