Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Birdwatching in Athens: Eleonora's Falcons over Athens!



We may be in July but Eleonora's Falcons' breeding season hasn't started yet. Birds can be still seen flying over the mainland to look for their favourite prey; large insects. Therefore, wandering individuals are often found above the Acropolis, the hill of Lycabettus and other vantage spots of Athens!


The Eleonora's Falcon is an icon of the rocky islets of the Aegean.
However, from April to July it mostly frequent the mainland. 

Apart from the Eleonora's, Alpine Swifts are the most common bird seen flying above your head, if you visit one of the hills of Athens.

It is always a joy to watch the Alpine Swift. A good photo is always a difficult task, however, especially when the summer haze drives the autofocus system crazy!
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