Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lake Dystos Winter Trip

Lake Dystos is one of the best places for birdwatching in Evia island. A half-day trip in late January yielded 57 species, among them birds of prey like Long-legged Buzzard and Merlin.

(The lake seen from the south)

Among other species seen was one White Stork foraging on the surrounding fields. White Storks are rather regularly found in Dystos every winter, usually single birds. They have also been recorded in summer, although no nest has been found yet.

As mentioned before, Dystos is also important for birds of prey. Peregrines are resident breeders, while juvenile birds (like this one) come in fall and winter.

One of the "specialties" of Lake Dystos is the Sombre Tit. Widespread and fairly common, it is usually found in the west hillsides, in olive groves or oak stands.

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