Thursday, September 27, 2018

Birdwatching in Greece: Summer birding 2018

The first things that come to everyone's mind regarding summer in Greece are sea and sun. Birding is supposed to be not as pleasant or productive during the June-August period. Is this, however, the case?

Well, certainly not! Greece Bird tours can plan a trip you will never forget no matter the season. This summer, we travelled to Lake Dystos, Messolonghi Lagoon, Mts Parnassos, Dirfy and Parnonas and all around Athens and made a lot of birders from all over the world happy! 

We managed to see many breeding specialties of Greece like the Ruppell's Warbler, the Cretzschmar's Bunting, the Olive-tree Warbler, the Sombre Tit, the Rock Nuthatch and the Rufous Bush Robin.


Rufous Bush Robin (or RB Chat), Messolonghi Lagoon
Cretzschmar's Bunting@Mt Penteli
We also had the pleasure of seeing really impresive birds like the Dalmatian Pelican, the Pygmy Cormorant, the Golden Eagle, the Eleonora's Falcon, the Black Woodpecker and the Eagle Owl. 

Dalmatian Pelican@Messolonghi Lagoon
Black Woodpecker@Mt Parnassos
Eleonora's Falcon@Lake Dystos
We even managed to see both Mediterranean marine specialties; the Yelkouan and the Scopoli's Shearwaters. 

Yelkouan Shearwater@South Evoikos Gulf

Scopoli's Shearwater@South Evoikos Gulf


These were just a few from the total of c.200 species we had the chance to see during the summer birding tours. But the best sight for us was the happy face of the people who chose us for their Greek birding experience. We are looking forward to seeing them all again!




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