Friday, November 24, 2006

Antikythera island: Europe's hot spot for migration

The reasearch station on Antikythera island (South Peloponese, south of Mani Peninsula) announced the records for 2006 autumn migrations of raptors species. The results are astonishing, proving the importance of such station.
Islands of Kythera and Antikythera are highly recommmended for those who want to get a close view at raptors migrations. Numbers below will leave you speachless.

Beyond birds of prey, other european rarities joined the "parade", such as the White Throated Robin, the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, and much more!
The recording was carried out from Aug 18th until October 8th. It reached its peak on September 23th, when 854 individuals from 18 species of raptors were seen!

The species listed are only birds of prey, accompanied by the number of individuals observed.
Honey Buzzard 1091
Black Kite 117
Red Kite 6
Short-toed Eagle 13
Marsh Harrier 1081
Pallid Harrier 17
Montagu's Harrier 26
Sparrowhawk 42
Goshawk 10
Levant Sparrowhawk 88
Common Buzzard 480
Long-legged Buzzard 18
Imperial Eagle 2
Lesser Spotted Eagle 23
Booted Eagle 125
Bonelli's Eagle 3
Osprey 5
Lesser Kestrel 285
Kestrel 116
Red-footed Falcon 24
Hobby 43
Lanner Falcon 3
Peregrine Falcon 25

All recordings are available upon request. Special thanks to Theodoris Kominos, the ornithologist responsible for the research station, for all the available data.
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