ΙΟΥΝΙΟΣ June 2006
 
5th: Decided to investigate the streams which flow under the main highway, east of Georgioupoli, for dragonflies etc. The first stream crossed under a rather narrow bridge on the old road which runs parallel to the new highway. Crocothemis erythraea Scarlet Dragonfly & Anax imperator Emperor Dragonfly were present, together with many young Balkan Terrapins. More species at the next stream which ran through an underpass. Here were Crocothemis erythraea Scarlet Dragonfly, Anax imperator Emperor Dragonfly, Orthetrum brunneum Southern Skimmer, Anax parthenope - Lesser Emperor, Ischnura elegans - Blue-tailed Damselfly and Calopteryx splendens - Banded Demoiselle.

Scarlet Dragonfly with Southern Skimmer about to land on same perch.
 

We had lunch at Lake Kournas and we were not the only ones keen to identify the caller in the lake. One young lady waded in to see what was making the rather loud call and spotted the culprit as photographed below.

Rana cretensis - Cretan Water Frog
Seen here calling from an offshore rock with vocal sacs inflated, and right, more were calling further along the shore
 

I photographed a damselfly which I later identified as a Cercion lindeni - Goblet-marked Damselfly. A black-winged Stilt waded in the shallows. We had sightings of two Griffon Vultures, one quite low to the east, and one high over the mountains to the south.
 
10th: Report from A&M of 3 Bee-eaters over Exopoli

11th:
Walk along from Stylos Church stream. In the stream several Orthetrum brunneum - Southern Skimmer and Calopteryx splendens - Banded Demoiselle. Further on along the river many Calopteryx splendens - Banded Demoiselle and one male Anax imperator - Emperor Dragonfly. An immature Little Bittern was the most interesting bird sighting.

12th: Praying Mantis are up to 75mm this baby was tiny, see photo below:

Provarma garden


16th:
Below a photo of a Cicada - Cicada orni which we are starting to hear and which will shatter the silence for some time to come! Live on tree sap!


21st:
Trip to Ayia Reservoir, we explored the area near the church where there is access to some pools and an EEC funded picnic area. But our most interesting sightings were from the dam. Birds included a Little Egret, two Squacco Herons and perhaps most interesting a summer plumage Great Crested Grebe, see photo below.


I had first seen Small Redeye - Erythromma viridulum on Crete in September 2004. This species of damselfly has in the last few years colonised part of the UK and has perhaps also expanded its range south-east to Crete? This was my first photo though, see below:


This was to be a good day dragonfly wise as I also saw my first Violet Dropwing - Trithemis annulata, which I dismissed at the time as a strange Broad Scarlet -Crocothemis erythraea, note violet tinge and black markings on tail section.
Photo below:


25th:
Trip to Petres Gorge lots of dragonflies and other insects present, such as this bug - Graphosoma italicum, see photo below:


30th:
A Buzzard family came over the house, the young with a more plaintive call than the usual Buzzard call. We hear them early each morning, to date 2.7.06, obviously urging their parents to provide breakfast.

Above breakfast on its way, looks like Balkan Green Lizard again!


More down to earth it was great to find a Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar in the garden on its food plant Fennel, photo below:


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