We had booked two days out (Monday & Thursday) with Steve Dudley a Lesvos birding expert! More about that in a bit. However once we checked the location and weather forecast and found that the village of Skala Kalloni had no public transport and no local taxis and that Tuesday and Wednesday looked very dodgy (wet and cold) we decide to hire a car for those two days and explore.
Don't get me wrong the location was fantastic, the hotel pool was great, we ventured in on the Sunday and shall we say the water was a tad cool, which is an understatement to say the least. There was lots of birding on the door step all within walking distance.
Steve turned out to be a great character and we got in well, our kind of Birder, not too intense. The trips were fantastic, the first covered the Kalloni Bay area and the second the mountains and the coast on the west of the island. On both occasions Steve treated us to a great lunch at Tavernas that he uses regularly. His birding knowledge was superb and he found us some great sightings. I will put a link to his website at the end of this post.
So on to the birds, photography wasn't easy as we are talking about a lot of small migrants heading north from Africa and getting close to some wasn't an option. We were very conscious of not disturbing the birds and not encroaching on private land, so you will have to make do with quite a few, 'for the record' shots, or quite simply rubbish shots.
So I'll start of with Kalloni;
Hooded Crows were a regular visitor to our Hotel:
There were plenty of Black-winged Stilts about
So after a good lunch we headed out again.
Short-toed Snake Eagle:
Part 2 will cover what birds we did see on our days out on our own and the west of the island trip with Steve. For more about Steve Dudley, go to:
This is our full list of birds for the first time out with Steve:
|Eastern Olivaceous Warbler|
|Great White Egret|
|Yellow Wagtail (feldegg)|
|Yellow Wagtail (flava)|