A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Blog posts July 2016

Young Kestrels

Although the pair of youngsters have flown the nest they are still waiting to be fed and sheltering from the heat of the midday sun.

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A Small Beach on Lipsoi


A tiny beach on the North coast of Lipsoi with a surprise. Through the gate....

Very Small......

A small collection of containers and a bath conceal a fresh water well on the beach.


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Both juvenile kestrels are out now but still demanding food. Here a rather large starred agama is providing a meal.

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Cory's Shearwater

The Cory's shearwater (Calonectris borealis) is a large shearwater in the seabird family Procellariidae. The genus name Calonectris comes from Ancient Greek kalos, "good" and nectris, "swimmer", and borealis is Latin for "northern". The English name is for the American ornithologist Charles B. Cory. Here it is seen off Kos along …

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Some pics of Lipsoi. A view across the olive groves to the harbour; vineyards; a bee farm; a moth eaten scarce swallowtail and Eeyore all make for a very gentle way of life on Lipsoi.



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Scops Owl

Thanks to Rene for this photo of a scops owl. It is nocturnal (unlike the little owl that is diurnal) and makes the "ping" noise at night. A rare photograph indeed.


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Symi Spider or look away now.

While we are on the subject of juveniles here's a young Symi spider in my bath towel!

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Spot the Flatfish Competition

Photo by Justine Marsh. Best viewed full screen.

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