Saturday, April 27, 2013

The wonder-pond οf Loutsa

The small wetrland of Loutsa in the east coast of Athens, has offered quite a few amazing sightings for its size. Kittlitz's Plover and Pectoral Sandpiper have been observed (the former being the only record for Greece). Among the more regular visitors, Red Knots and Broad-billed Sandpipers are very important, along with Temmink's Stints. The aforementioned birds are usually seen from a distance of 20-50 meters, not offering close-up photos. There is, however, a very small brackish pool just in front of the wetland, where birds can be seen and photographed (when been inside a car) from a distance of no more than 5 meters!

Wood Sandpipers are most probably the most common passage waders in April 

A Sanderling is not common at all in spring, being also rather scarce in winter

Marsh Sandpipers are regular, though scarce, in spring

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