Sunday, May 06, 2012

Birdwatching in Meteora/Mt Antichasia

The rocks of Meteora are well known to many foreign visitors of Greece. Thousands visit the area to enjoy the fascinating view of the monasteries that are literally clinged to the cliffs. Few, however, know the ornithological importance of this area. 
Several rare birds of prey nest, such as the critically endangered Egyptian Vulture, the Booted and Lesser Spotted Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk and the Lanner. Furthermore, Black Storks, Rollers and Golden Orioles are common, as well as   passerines with a very restricted distribution in Europe, like the Semi-collared Flycatcher and the Sombre Tit

Nightingales are abundant, singing in every bush, tree or even electricity pole!

Semi-collared Flycatchers are quite common in riparian woodland

In addition, one of the very few Rookeries exist, forming a mixed colony with Little Egrets

Rooks are very rare in summer, nesting in very few localities of Central Greece

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