Tuesday, July 05, 2011

One day in the land of the Vultures

It's almost impossible to be in Crete and not see at least one Griffon Vulture. These guys are virtually everywhere and, fortunately, they are not shy at all. This bird was seen near Xarakas village in Asterousia mountain range in South Crete. Asterousia is a haven for birds of prey, holding healthy populations of Griffons, Golden Eagles, Bonelli's Eagles, Lanners and Peregrines, while it's one of the last refuges of the Lammergeier. Furthermore, Choughs are numerous, as well as Ravens and Rock Doves. Being only an hour or so away from Herakleion, it's definitely a must for summer birding in Crete!
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