Sunday, July 29, 2012

Summer Gulls of Greece

Summer time in Greece brings in mind views of the blue sea, the white houses and gulls flying close to boats. Apart from the infamous Yellow-legged, there are another three species found in summer, most of them having a restricted range in Europe.

First of all, the Audouin's Gull; restricted in the Aegean Sea, this gull is found in uninhabited islets with a population of no more than 700 pairs (latest censuses claim that its numbers are even lower). Threatened by depletion of fish stocks, disturbance and competition by Yellow-legged.

Mediterranean Gulls are quite common in several coastal sites of Northern Greece, forming large colonies. They are also threatened by disturbance at their nesting sites.

Slender-billed Gulls are found in scattered colonies of northern and western Greece. Particularly common in the Messolonghi lagoons. 
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