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.

24th

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

Scops Owl


Woodchat Shrike - Photo by and © C&S


Bee-eater
- Photo by and © C&S


Tree Pipit
- Photo by and © C&S


Montaguís Harrier
- Photo by and © C&S


Erodium gruinum
- Photo by and © C&S


Fields full of wild flowers
- Photo by and © C&S


Clover
- Photo by and © C&S

25th

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


Orobanche
- Photo by and © C&S


Wood Warbler
- Photo by and © C&S


Wood Warbler
- Photo by and © C&S


Tree Pipit
- Photo by and © C&S


Orchid
- Photo by and © C&S


Hobby
- Photo by and © C&S


Mia bored with birding
- Photo by and © C&S


Sage-leaved cistus
- Photo by and © C&S

26th

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

 


Montaguís Harrier
- Photo by and © C&S


Bee-eater
- Photo by and © C&S


Honey Buzzard dark male
- Photo by and © C&S


Honey Buzzard common male
- Photo by and © C&S


The new ringing station
- Photo by and © C&S


Papaver argemone ssp. nigrorotinctum
- Photo by and © C&S


Papaver rhoeas
- Photo by and © C&S


Onosma graecum
- Photo by and © C&S

27th

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


Male Golden Orioles were everywhere but difficult to photograph
- Photo by and © C&S


A small number of locations had huge stands of Pyramid Orchid


Pyramid Orchid
- Photo by and © C&S


Phagnalon graecum
- Photo by and © C&S


Kotschy's Gecko
- Photo by and © C&S


Wild Artichoke
- Photo by and © C&S


Seedhead
- Photo by and © C&S

28th

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


Grey Wagtail
- Photo by and © C&S


Matthiola
- Photo by and © C&S


Nigella damascena
- Photo by and © C&S


Pied Flycatcher
- Photo by and © C&S


Potamos Harbour
- Photo by and © C&S


Wild flowers in Potamos
- Photo by and © C&S


Tulipa goulimyi
- Photo by and © C&S


Turtle Doves
- Photo by and © C&S


Yellow-legged Gull
- Photo by and © C&S

29th

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

Scops Owl


Unknown insects
- Photo by and © C&S


Painted Lady
- Photo by and © C&S


Ophrys heldreichii
- Photo by and © C&S


Almond Flower
- Photo by and © C&S


Kermes Oak in flower
- Photo by and © C&S


Kotschyís Gecko
- Photo by and © C&S

30th

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

Scops Owl


Golden Oriole
- Photo by and © C&S


Great Reed Warbler
- Photo by and © C&S


Tulipa goulimyi
- Photo by and © C&S


Tulipa goulimyi
- Photo by and © C&S


Long-legged Buzzard
- Photo by and © C&S


Wood Warbler
- Photo by and © C&S


Wood Warbler
- Photo by and © C&S


Wood Warbler
- Photo by and © C&S

1st May

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


Eleonoraís Falcon with prey
- Photo by and © C&S


Montaguís Harrier f
- Photo by and © C&S


Montaguís Harrier f
- Photo by and © C&S


Montaguís Harrier f
- Photo by and © C&S


Golden Oriole
- Photo by and © C&S


Golden Oriole
- Photo by and © C&S

2nd May

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


Blackcap f
- Photo by and © C&S


Eleonoraís Falcon
- Photo by and © C&S


Garden Warbler
- Photo by and © C&S


Icterine warbler
- Photo by and © C&S


Meadow Crane's-bill
- Photo by and © C&S


Montaguís Harrier
- Photo by and © C&S


Montaguís Harrier
- Photo by and © C&S


Spotted Flycatcher
- Photo by and © C&S


Spotted Flycatcher
- Photo by and © C&S


View from guesthouse towards Kithyera
- Photo by and © C&S


Sunset from the ferry to Gythio
- Photo by and © C&S

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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