Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Lesbos, Day 13

Thurs. 30th

A lovely sunny day and hot with no wind. We took a drive to the saltpans through the East River and on the way saw black stork, sedge and reed warblers, several cetti's, black-headed bunting, great reed warbler and a wooodchat.

 Black-headed Bunting

 Finished Penduline Tit Nest 

Afterwards took the other route towards Eressos, via Agra with several stops seeing woodchat and masked shrikes, Persian squirrels, a tortoise, orphean warblers and black-eared wheartears.


  Made our way back throught the centre island road and called in at the Limonas Monastry for coffee and a search for the middle spotted woodpecker which was in a out of sight hole behind the cafe.

The woodpecker could only be seen on this pole as it neared its tree nest

Whilst I sat watching for the woodpecker with another photographer our two wives took a tour around the monastry- some lovely peacocks in the grounds. Of note there appeared to be a series of large cages in the grounds involved a breeding programme for the chukars!

Lastly we returned to the saltpans which were pretty empty, nothing new anyway but on our return to the East river and hotel we stopped to hear two quail calling on the track only a feet away but impossible to see.

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