Saturday, 14 July 2012

More catch-up: Lesvos wildlife

Scarce Swallowtail - not very scarce!
We couldn't resist taking some photos of these butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles etc.

Eastern Dappled White

Eastern Festoon

Cream-spotted Tiger

Starred Agama

Dice Snakes
Small Pincertail Dragonfly
Broad Scarlet Dragonfly

Overdue catch-up - our Birds of Lesvos!

Scop's Owl
At the beginning of May, Gen and ourselves went to Lesvos for a week's birding. Being our first trip to Lesvos we were in exploratory mode,with  the considerable help of Steve Dudley's excellent book and many references to his Blog. We loved the island and it's people but most of all we loved the birds. It wouldn't be a blog - it would be a book if I recounted all the places we visited and we only covered half of the island! That gives us a good reason to return. Hopefully before it is ruined by massive wind farms (see Steve Dudley's blog). Here are just a few of our photo's...........

Black-headed Bunting

Cretzschmar's Bunting

Cirl Bunting

Apart from the wonderful buntings we had sightings of most of the birds that Lesvos is so famous for, including Kruper's Nuthatch feeding young at the nest.

Another treat was a very obliging Ruppell's Warbler....
Ruppell's Warbler

and .....
Rufous Bush Robin


Masked Shrike

and last but not least....... a very elegant Spur-winged Lapwing!