Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January arrivals with some nice videos!

Some juveniles in the big flock

Such a beautiful sighting just a few minites from Athens

Pintails (Anas acuta) - Ψαλίδα are one of my favorite species of waterfowl

Hundreds of Black-headed Gulls (Larus rindibundus) and a few Yellow-legged (Larus michahelis) ones

Lonely Black-necked Grebe

Chaffinches invade Greece in winter
Part of a small flock of about 30 Shelducks

Melancholic Stonechat

This Reed Bunting did not want to cooparate with the camera

A few Little Egrets here and there

Winter has finally come to Greece!
During most of January we had temperature up to 20 degrees Celsius, but the last 5 days we finally got our first snow if the year and the first freezing temperatures. Oranges are now ready to be harvested, but this is also an ideal period for birdwatching, especially these chilling days, when there is no wind blowing. Lots of waterfowl come from northern europe, in order to take advantage of the warmer climate and start moving north again in spring.

Oropos Estuary is the perfect place for winter birding around Athens. After about an hour of driving north from the center of the city, and just 1 km from the port of Oropos, you one have a great birdwatching day in a place where the birds are not very far from you to watch, and they are also gathered in two-three ponds. A good pair of binoculars is all you need, while a spotting scope you give you move detailed looks.

This year, it seems that lots of Flamingos arrived in the area. Today there was a big flock of around 60 of them, together with a few juveniles. Other birds that you can check on your bird list these days in Oropos are:
Cormorant, Black-necked Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Pintail, Little Stint, Dunlin, Curlew, Grey Plover, Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Stonechat, Blackbird, Water Pipit, Meadod Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Crested Lark, Black Redstart, Hooded Crow, Magpie, Cetti's Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Penduline Tit, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting

The flock of Flamingos over the seashore

The flock is almost ready to land on the water. Magnificent sighting

More pics to come during the next days!
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