Friday, 4 October 2013

FROM OUZO TO OUZELS

Last week was spent under glorious blue skies in Santorini,a Greek volcanic island north of Crete,there was prescious little bird life as there is no natural water and little vegetation but what was seen was pretty good,including long legged,honey and common buzzards,marsh harrier,eleonoras falcon,kestrel and an osprey,red rumped swallows,spotted flycatcher,chiff chaff,red backed shrike and blue rock thrush.Hooded crows,collared dove, house sparrow,and yellow legged gull were fairly common,and pulses of migrating swallows and sand martins were seen daily.Sorry no bird photographs but a few butterflies :-
 LANGS SHORT TAILED BLUE

 FEMALE LANGS SHORT TAILED BLUE


 RED VEINED DARTER

 SWALLOWTAIL
SWALLOWTAIL IN FLIGHT
There were not many butterflies, but in one vegetable garden we passed there were lots of long tailed blues no doubt being a nuisance to the owner.
So not a place for a birdwatching holiday but geologically and archaeologically superb,the weather was warm and sunny and it was just beginning to rain as we left,perfect.
Back home, yesterday it was Langdon Hole catching up with the ring ouzels,and messrs Ray,Ashton ,and Gould.
Estimates ranged between 15 and 25 birds in all but they were very mobile and not very co operative .


 RING OUZEL
RING OUZEL
At least these two stayed still long enough to capture their unusual feeding behaviour

1 comment:

  1. Phil I feel like David Beckham, my boat race seems to be plastered all over the internet lol. Good to catch up and I thought Steve's talking a lot comment was a bit harsh, you only spoke when Steve stopped for air, which was not very often. See you again no doubt.

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