A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Blog posts November 2015

Fish for Dinner

December 1, 2015

Autumn on Karpathos

November 30, 2015

Considering that this is the end of the dry season I am amazed at the wealth of flowers and the greenness of the island. From virgin's bower to a spider's web and heather the later of which I have not seen on Symi, here are a few of the delights of Karpathos!

 

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Karpathos

November 29, 2015

A few images of Karpathos starting with Karpathos town and ending with sunset over Kasos.

 

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Sitia

November 25, 2015

Sitia is a large sprawling town on the north east coast of Crete and served as a convenient overnight stop on our journey to Karpathos.

There is still an old town to explore and above it there is a quaint but small Byzantine castle which offers good views of the surrounding area. The archeology museum is worth a visit too.

 

 

 

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The Kolechto Hills

November 24, 2015

Myrtos is a small fishing village about 10 miles west of Ierapetra on Crete and there is some seriously good walking to be had there. This notice board gives you a good idea what's to be had but maps are less forthcoming. Still a good GPS system will keep you on track.

There is a good bus service there too.

I am told that Myrtos was once the…

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The Death of an Old Friend

November 23, 2015

I returned from visiting a friend in Rhodes yesterday to find this once old magnificent cypress tree being cut down. It is now just a shadow of its former self and tomorrow it will be no longer. No reason has been given and as far as I can see it is not rotten nor damaged. You will have to ask the caretaker or God.

From our balcony I have w…

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Profitis Ilias

November 20, 2015

 

 

 

The area around Profitis Ilias is a mixture of cypress woodland and open garrigue with contoured terraces on every level.

There are no footpaths here and it is just a matter of following old goat tracks and stumbling across man made staircases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This terrace has a level with dressed…

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Black Redstart

November 19, 2015

Crete Nature Blog

November 18, 2015

An informative and amusing nature blog by Steve Daniels. Definitely worth a look!

http://cretenature.blogspot.gr

Golden Samphire

November 18, 2015

Limbarda crithmoides or golden samphire is found all over the Mediterranean and in the UK where in Essex it is at its most northerly range.

The other name is Inula crithmoides and is connected with Helen of Troy who, it is said, held a bunch of Inula helenium when she was abducted by Paris. Helen of Troy had a large armful of these flowers when …

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Ravens

November 17, 2015

These ravens seemed to be having a great time on a warm rising breeze. We had a great a view of some aerial displays including flying upside down, formation flying and high speed dive bombing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Golden Samphire

November 16, 2015

Limbarda crithmoides or golden samphire is found all over the Mediterranean and in the UK where in Essex it is at its most northerly range.

The other name is Inula crithmoides and is connected with Helen of Troy who, it is said, held a bunch of Inula helenium when she was abducted by Paris. Helen of Troy had a large armful of these flowers w…

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Autumn crocus

November 16, 2015

Sternbergia lutea or the autumn daffodil here seen on the cataractus. Beautiful.

Autumn Crocus

November 15, 2015

Crocus Tournefortii. The only known crocus to stay open at night, not that I'm going to check that out!   

                         

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Butterflies

November 14, 2015

Some of the butterflies and moths I have found on Symi and nearby islands. Full list here.

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Raptors

November 13, 2015

A sparrowhawk (left) and a long legged buzzard catching the thermals over the village this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ierapetra Beach

November 13, 2015

The beach at Ierapetra is sandwiched between miles of  tamarisk trees lining the top of the shore and rock pools at the low tide mark. The tide is only a few centimetres  in height and more influenced by the weather than anything else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trees were in full flower when we visited the  beach and wer…

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Ierapetra

November 12, 2015

Ierapetra is the southern most city in Crete and Europe and has many influences from North Africa, Byzantine, and elsewhere. The climate is sub tropical and has more sunny days a year than anywhere else in Europe. Despite its dry climate it is a huge vegetable growing area, mostly under greenhouses and the shops are filled with fresh vegetables…

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Kremasti

November 11, 2015

 

Always a good place to start is the Kremasti river just at the end of the runway at the Diagoras airport on Rhodes.

Here seen full of water I only had a few hours to explore but it seemed a butterfly day after a day of torrential rain the day before. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small copper....

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Black Redstarts

November 10, 2015

We returned to Symi late Sunday night but at Panormitis where the the big yearly festival was in process. 

I've had a few days to return to normal and the first thing I noticed was the return of the black redstarts back into the village. they never go far away but they seem to be absent in the village during the summer months.

 

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