Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Golf of Nafplio, Peloponese (part I)

Nafplio is situated 140 km south-west of Athens, in Argolida Prefecture (Peloponese). The big golf surrounding the historic city of Nafplio (the first capital of Greece), is excellent for birding, with a long sandy beach of Nea Kios, where the shallow waters become a great place for birds, especially waders. Another good place for birdwatching is Lake Moustos, 20 km south from Nafplio, just after the city of Astros. During a half day birding trip, 60 species were recorded, the highlights being Flamingos, Slender-billed Gulls, Blue Rock Thrush and an active nest of Penduline Tits.

The total bird list from Monday 9th of April is:
Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Squacco Heron, Grey Heron, Garganey, Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Common Kestrel, Moorhen, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringer Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Little Stint, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Skylark, Crested Lark, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Common Swift, Black-eared Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler (heard), Great Tit, Penduline Tit, Nightingale (heard), Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Corn Bunting, Cirl Bunting (heard)

Kentish Plover looking for food in the sand


Cute Common Sandpiper

Hoopoe perching on wire

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