Friday, January 30, 2009

Weekend at Western Greece 23-25 January 2009


The greek twitch: Searching for the raritee at Mesolongi Lagoons, Jan 24th 2009 (Spyros, Nikos, Akis, Gerasimos, Jannet, Felix)


Spanish Sparrows @ Aitoloko Lagoon (Photo by Felix Rehsteiner)


Spoonbill @ Louros (Photo by Felix Rehsteiner)


Black Stork @ Louros (Photo by Felix Rehsteiner)

We had a great time birding in Eastern Greece, including Mesolongi and Etoliko Lagoons, Kleisoura Gorge, Aigio Saltpans, Strofylia Lagoons, Araxos Lagoon. We (Spyros, Nikos, Jannet from Canada and Felix from Switzerland) observed a total of 85 species was more or less satisfactory, since the weather was bad, with rain and wind, especially on the second day. We also met other greek birders in the field (Nikos, Gerasimos, Akis in Mesolongi, Kostas & his team at Araxos), since this was one of the Midwinter Counting weekends
Highlights were a Hoopoe (out of the season), 2 Ospreys, Dalmatian Pelicans, Spoonbills, Great Spotted Eagle, Slender-billed Gull, Spanish Sparrow, Crag Martins, Rock Nuthatch


Slender-billed Gull @ Mesolongi Lagoons (Photo by Felix Rehsteiner)


Cirl Bunting (Photo by Felix Rehsteiner)


Common Buzzard (Photo by Felix Rehsteiner)


Common Sandpiper (Photo by Felix Rehsteiner)
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