Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kalispera

Good Afternoon. Sorry I haven’t been posting much but Sue and I are not at home. We are still in Greece, staying on the island of Skiathos to be precise. 

This is mainly a sun holiday for Sue and I although regular readers of this blog will know that binoculars and camera always go on holiday with us. 

Skopelos

I’m home in a day or two and will post news and pictures of our trip, birds and views of the beautiful Sporades islands of Skiathos and Skopelos. In the meantime here are a few photographs from the same place in 2014 and 2015. It’s so good we decided to return. 

Flying Cat at Alonissos 

One of the highlights of our stay is day exploring Kastro in the north of Skiathos where Eleanora’s Falcons are guaranteed during the month of September, a time when the falcons feed on the millions of small birds migrating through the Greek islands. It’s a fair old bumpy journey to get to Kastro and then a trek over the rocks to reach the Greek flagged promontory. It’s well worth the effort to watch the magical and acrobatic Eleanoras in action. 

Eleanora's Falcon

Jimny
  
Kastro, Skiathos

There are lots of Alpine Swifts here and in fact all over the island where they tear across the sky at breakneck speed. There’s a good number of Bee Eaters around too and they often feed up high in amongst swifts, swallows and martins.

Alpine Swift

Bee Eater

Skiathos

We’re staying on the south coast where there’s often scrubby habitat, reeds and remnants of pine forest just yards from the tourist beaches. They make good spots for shrikes, wagtails, pipits and chats.

Red-backed Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

That's all for now, it's time to head off for our evening meal.

Taverna - Skiathos

I'm not blogging for a day or two so apologies if I don't catch up with everyone.  We are back home soon and I promise to do so then. 

Log in later for more news, views and photographs from Another Bird Blog in Greece.



11 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

You're on holiday! You're not even supposed to blog at all:) But I know you are enjoying it. Excellent birds and I know you love visiting that island. Have fun and hope it's an enjoyable time so far. Looks like it:)

David Gascoigne said...

If I saw but one Eleonora's Falcon it would already be a perfect vacation for me. And by the way it should "a vacation for Sue and me" not "a vacation for Sue and I." Just thought I'd throw that in!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love the views and scenery from Greece. Lovely birds and post. Have a happy day and week ahead!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Exceptionally beautiful images of gorgeous birds, so detailed.
Loving the eye on your sparrowhawk!!!
What happened to the hard top jimny, did you decide to take a can opener to it!!
Enjoy the remainder of your holiday :)

Linda said...

Hi Phil, like Eileen, I also love the views and scenery of Greece, and your photos make me feel as though I am also visiting there, so thank you so much for sharing them! I love the facade of the taverna/restaurant! I, of course, love your bird photos and the Flying Cat is amazing!

Margaret Adamson said...

i do not know how you have etime to blog on holiday, get out into that lovely sun with Sue!!! grat to see you have not negelected the birds and all wonderful birds to have seen

Vandana Sharma said...

Birding while holidaying! sure those birds are putting up a great show.

Lowcarb team member said...

Doesn't time go so quickly.
Hope you've had a brilliant holiday.

I've enjoyed reading and looking at both of your holiday posts ... with more photo's to come when you get back!

All the best Jan

Marie C said...

Oh a trip to Greece! I am so jealous!!! :-) Love that Eleanora's Falcon. Great shots of the other birds as well. Can't wait to see more of your trip! LOVE your header shot, by the way! Thank you for your sweet comment on my last hummingbird post!

Stuart Price said...

Looking good Phil............

Mary Cromer said...

More gorgeous views and the birds are wonderful!

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