Antikythera Pictorial Report
Spring 2009 ÖÖÖ 23rd April Ė 2nd May
We have not visited Antikythera during the springtime before and were looking forward to a greener landscape and some different birds and flowers. Two weeks were booked for us again by Angelos through The Ornithological Society of Greece, who was there to met us when the ferry docked at Potamos harbour. After helping Angelos load up the next weekís food supplies from the ferry, we set off for the guest house where we were introduced to others, Christos from Heraklion University in Crete, Apostilos also from Crete. Simon from Italy who we had briefly met at Chania last spring, Xanthippi and Onoufrios from Athens University, all of whom will be doing the ringing and other research, Apostilos who would at some point be doing raptor watch with us.
Our trip had started on the 23rd April when we set off on the evening ferry from Kastelli Kissamos, this trip would also see us heading for the Peloponnese, then onto the west coast of Greece before catching a ferry from Igoumenitsa to Ancona in Italy through France and then into the UK. Taking in some of the wetlands and birding sites we would be away for a total of eight weeks.
With an hour of daylight left we hoped to spot a few Shearwater on the way, we were not to be disappointed and saw a small group of Mediterranean Shearwater half way into the two hour journey. No other birds were seen and darkness soon came leaving us to sit in the empty lounge for the last hour of the short crossing.
After disembarking the ferry we set of to the centre of the island, entering the valley where the ringing station is situatedÖ.a new location this year, we heard the calls of several Scops Owls.
Everyone was ready for bed when we arrived and we set up our new motorhome outside the accommodation and turned in with thoughts of some good birding in the morning.
Whilst watching for the raptors we also logged the many other species on a daily basis and went in search of wild flowers and insects.
Awake at 6am, Scops Owl calling still and as daylight came we heard the calls nearby of Bee-eater, a flock of fifty plus would wake us for the next few days as they fed before their journey north continued,
Chukar Sparrowhawk Tree Pipit
Yellow-legged Gull Whinchat Eleonoraís Falcon
Pied Flycatcher Redstart Whitethroat
Barn Swallow Subalpine Warbler Spotted Flycatcher
Woodchat Shrike Marsh Harrier Kestrel
Hoopoe Wood Warbler Golden Oriole
Pallid Harrier Montaguís Harrier Hen Harrier
Common Buzzard Peregrine Falcon Quail [heard]
House Martin Sand Martin Collared Flycatcher
Turtle Dove Raven Bee-eater
Montaguís Harrier Barn Swallow Yellow-legged Gull
Whinchat Woodchat Shrike Hoopoe
Bee-eater House Martin Wood Warbler
Whitethroat Yellow-legged Gull Pied Flycatcher
Chukar Tree Pipit Marsh Harrier
Kestrel Barn Swallow Golden Oriole
Common Buzzard Honey Buzzard Pallid Harrier
Eleonoraís Falcon Hobby Booted Eagle dm
Bonelliís Eagle Peregrine Falcon Sparrowhawk
Scops Owl Hoopoe Spanish Sparrow
Raven Long-legged Buzzard
Bee-eater Spotted Flycatcher Spanish Sparrow
Woodchat Shrike Barn Swallow House Martin
Turtle Dove Golden Oriole Scops Owl [12 calling]
Thrush Nightingale Nightingale Great Reed Warbler
Pied Flycatcher Sedge Warbler Wood Warbler
Redstart Garden Warbler Swift
Whinchat Blackcap Tree Pipit
Red-throated Pipit Meadow Pipit Marsh Harrier
Montaguís Harrier Eleonoraís Falcon Hobby
Sparrowhawk Honey Buzzard Common Buzzard
Booted Eagle dm Hoopoe Alpine Swift
Raven Yellow Wagtail Bonelliís Eagle
Yellow-legged Gull Barn Owl
Bee-eater Icterine Warbler Tree Pipit
Pied Flycatcher Barn Swallow Yellow-legged Gull
Eleonoraís Falcon House Martin Whinchat
Marsh Harrier Alpine Swift Meadow Pipit
Spotted Flycatcher Yellow-legged Gull Golden Oriole
Hoopoe Redstart Spanish Sparrow
Wood Warbler Raven Nightingale
Turtle Dove Red-rumped Swallow Whitethroat
Woodchat Shrike Kestrel Black Kite
Montaguís Harrier Scops Owl
Spotted Flycatcher Golden Oriole Eleonoraís Falcon
Wood Warbler Bee-eater Pied Flycatcher
Woodchat Shrike Yellow-legged Gull Whinchat
Tree Pipit Kestrel Sedge Warbler
Spanish Sparrow Marsh Harrier Barn Swallow
Montaguís Harrier Peregrine Falcon House Martin
Northern Wheatear Willow Warbler White Wagtail
Chiffchaff Common Buzzard Grey Heron 2
Redstart Booted Eagle dm Yellow Wagtail
Grey Wagtail Scops Owl
Bee-eater Swift Yellow-legged Gull
Kestrel Montaguís Harrier House Martin
Crag Martin Golden Oriole Woodchat Shrike
Turtle Dove Tree Pipit Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher Eleonoraís Falcon Peregrine Falcon
Alpine Swift Icterine Warbler Garden Warbler
Corn Bunting Yellow Wagtail Hoopoe
Bee-eater 30+ Turtle Dove Booted Eagle dm
Pied Flycatcher Eleonoraís Falcon Barn Swallow
Yellow-legged Gull Kestrel Great Reed Warbler
Montaguís Harrier House Martin Wood Warbler
Common Buzzard Golden Oriole Whinchat
Meadow Pipit Marsh Harrier Pied Flycatcher
Black-eared Wheatear Spotted Flycatcher Raven
Hooded Crow 2 Woodchat Shrike Long-legged Buzzard
Bonelliís Eagle Peregrine Falcon Hobby
Yellow-legged Gull Kestrel Bee-eater
Wood Warbler Pied Flycatcher Montaguís Harrier
Marsh Harrier Barn Swallow Alpine Swift
House Martin Long-legged Buzzard Raven
Tree Pipit Yellow Wagtail Whinchat
Peregrine Falcon Turtle Dove Spotted Flycatcher
Golden Oriole Scops Owl
With bad weather forecast for the rest of the week and migrants limited to the few that were staying over on the island we decided to leave on the evening ferry a week early. This would also give us the opportunity to see the other sites that we planned to visit at a more leisurely pace.
There were many smaller birds touching down and keeping the ringers happy with lots of Garden and Wood Warblers, Spotted and Pied Flycatcher seen in many of the shrubs, giving some really great close up views.
So, on our last day here we hadÖ..
Scops Owl Kestrel Spotted Flycatcher
Montaguís Harrier Bonelliís Eagle Garden Warbler
Wood Warbler Great Reed Warbler Pied Flycatcher
Bee-eater Barn Swallow Red-rumped Swallow
Eleonoraís Falcon Golden Oriole Raven
Turtle Dove House Martin Blackcap
Icterine Warbler Alpine Swift Swift
Sparrowhawk Yellow Wagtail Whinchat
After our ferry tickets were booked 15 Common Buzzard flew through as if to taunt us.
Down at the port shortly before the ferry arrived we spotted a Semi-collared Flycatcher and a few moments after we departed Antikythera we spotted a couple of Coryís Shearwater and a group of six Mediterranean Shearwater.
We settled in for the four hour trip to Gythio as night fell and joined crew and passengers in the lounge watching the Greek football cup final. AEK v Olympiakos, after extra time the score was 5 all and the game went to penalties which ended with Olympiakos winning 15-14 the ferry having slowed so no one would miss the game we eventually arrived half hour late at 00.30hrs onto the Peloponnese.
We parked up with several other campers on the harbour front to get some sleep before we headed west towards Kalamata and our next nights stop at Gialova.
Continued in the separate report, ďPELEPONESE
AND WEST COAST GREECE 2009Ē
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