A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Blog posts September 2014

Calabrian Pine

September 30, 2014

This years pine cone in the making.

Pinus brutia, the Turkish pine, is a pine native to the eastern Mediterranean region. The bulk of its range is in Turkey, but it also extends to the East Aegean Islands of Greece, the Crimea, Iran, Georgia, Azerbaijan, northern Iraq, Western Syria, Israel, Lebanon, andCyprus. It generally occurs at low altitudes…

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Marathounda

September 29, 2014

Possible 6 long legged buzzards flying over Marathounda south-east on migration.

Black Kite

September 28, 2014

Once again I was caught out with not having my camera ready. On the way down to Panormitis working the slopes just 30 yards away was this magnificent bird. Here is a good link to birds of Greece and specifically the black kite.

http://bird-guide.l-studio.gr/sp.php?ln=en&sp_id=82

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Slowly, Slowly

September 28, 2014

I'm camera shy.....

Mmm.......

Exit stage left......

Going.......

Going.......

 

Gone!

(spur thighed tortoise)

 

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A Thunderstorm

September 27, 2014

Not a lot to report on today due to the rain. Ended with a nice thunderstorm!

Pine Processionary Moth

September 26, 2014

The nests of the pine processionary moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) are often seen hanging from the calabrian pines all over Symi. Beware! The spines of these caterpillars can cause a severe rash and if you are unfortunate enough to come into contact with them go and and see a pharmacist who will give you a cream to help the irritation.

More info …

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Anemoi

September 25, 2014

Today is a no hunting day. Hunting on Symi happens on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first day of hunting was on the 16th September and happened to be a no hunting day. It lasts for one month, and as far as I am aware only the shooting of chukars or red legged partridges is allowed. We have had strong winds nearly everyday since the 16…

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An Ocean of Sea Squill

September 21, 2014

Stymphalian Birds

September 18, 2014

It occured  to me after doing some research into an earlier post on tesserae  in Kos that the mosaics surrounding the main floor may well be depicting the 12 labours of Heracles. The man on horse back pursuing a large bird could be a Stymphalian bird and Heracles's sixth labour. The information board was bare. The Stymphalian birds were also kn…

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Nanou gorge

September 18, 2014

 

To walk the Nanou gorge you need a car or a bus to take you to the start near Panagia Strateri. It's about two and a half kilometres from top to bottom and about a 1500 feet descent. I think it is one of the most spectacular walks on Symi. Mostly covered in calabrian pines the path winds its way down the gorge until you arrive at boulder landsc…

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Jon Ryan

September 18, 2014

An interesting review of Jon Ryan's visit to Symi can be found here!

Pie in the sky.....

September 16, 2014

Over the Acropolis high in the sky soar eight majestic birds of prey. Round and round they go making use of the rising air in a thermal to gain height. Occasionally one would peel off at speed to look for the next thermal. Away south and on to Rodos and thence to Africa. Difficult to tell at this distance but probably long legged buzzards. These wo…

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Autumn on Symi

September 16, 2014

A walk through the wine presses yesterday produced lots of birds. The usual suspects of chaffinches and serins were to be seen low in the branches of cypress trees, a black redstart and high in the sky 50+ bee eaters made their presence known from their distinctive calls. A good fall of chiffchaffs showed also. At Marathouda sea squills are now in …

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Petaloudes

September 12, 2014

There are butterflies in the valley that is called "Petaloudes" on Rodos but this is a moth, Euplagia quadripunctaria rhodosensis, or a close relative of the Jersey tiger moth. Even at this late date in the summer the water still flows down the ravine and every shaded tree and rock is covered in moths.

Definitely worth a visit but sadly I only ha…

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Migration and Bee Eaters

September 8, 2014

As I write this today (11th  Sept) a small group of 20+ bee eaters are flying over the village. I was lucky to get this pic as they were flying high and fast. Earlier in the week while out walking near the wine presses with a small group another flock of bee eaters circled over head. This time they were accompanied by various hirundines making up t…

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Stymphalian Birds

September 1, 2014

It occured  to me after doing some research into the previous post on tesserae that the mosaics surrounding the main floor may well be depicting the 12 labours of Heracles. The man on horse back pursuing a large bird could be a Stymphalian bird and Heracles's sixth labour. The information board was bare. The Stymphalian birds were also known as the…

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