A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Blog posts July 2017

Audouin's Gull

A rather ragged looking Audouin's gull on Toli beach. This will probably be my last report for the Summer until I return in September, but you never know something spectacular may occur that's worth recording.

Thanks to all of you for following my blog and..... have a good Summer!

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A pair of ravens playing tag with a gecko. The lizard was passed from claw to claw among a group of 12 or so ravens for about 20 minutes until one landed on a rocky outcrop and finally ate its prey.


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The Passenger

This is Dysgonia algira or the strangely named Passenger moth for which I can find no explanation of its name. Mainly found in Southern Europe, North Africa and the near east.

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After a horrible night experiencing earthquakes this morning looked eerily calm. The strongest was at 1.31 am at 6.7 on the richter scale but there were many after shocks some of which are still continuing. Here on Symi there has been few reports of damage. Sadly two lives have been lost on Kos and the island has suffered much damage, not least be…

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House Sparrows

The heat of the last few days has abated and a relatively cool wind off the sea makes moving around easier (the wind brings dust and covers everything in a fine layer, though). There seems to be a good population of house sparrows here on Symi and Rhodes and this photo of a  colourful male blends into the background of a tree where he can chirp …

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Turtle Doves

There seems to be a good showing of turtle doves this year (in contrast to the declining numbers in the UK).


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Common Kestrels

Still looking for the lesser kestrels, but this one is a common kestrel. Under magnification this bird has a dark moustachial stripe which the lesser lacks. It was soaring on the upslope of a hill catching insects on the rising air.

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Alpine Swifts

With temperatures approaching 40c again I have little to report. The alpine swifts are very active in the evenings though.

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A Sea of Yellow

Heavily worked by honey bees as nectar sources become scarce, fennel sits by the road side in a sea of yellow blaze below an olive grove on Rhodes. Foeniculum vulgare.

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Sun Dried Tomatoes

Plum tomatoes drying under the sun at Kritinea, Southern Rhodes. The man was happily singing to himself under the shade of a tree as he worked.

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The old mulberry tree at the little village of Βατί giving plenty of shade at Petrino's taverna on  southern Rhodes. The area used to be afforested but fires have reduced the area to open countryside although there are many olive groves and today the environment looks green enough and if given a chance will recover. A few kilometres down the road i…

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A (Rhodian) starred agama enjoying some sun.

Nightjars and Bats.

No photos today, but a very pleasant hour watching a nightjar flying low over our out of town hotel pool on Rhodes at dusk. Very clear white spot markings on the wings make for a good identification. Plenty of moths and insects to catch over the warm water. Lovely to watch and the date palms that surround us seem to be host a small colony of possib…

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A few pics of marine life at Marathounda and the obligatory goat...




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Sea Fog

A fairly rare event, well for me anyway, was this sea fog over Marathounda forming several hundred feet up the hillside. We viewed it from the road at the top of the hill going down towards Panormitis.

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Eleonora's Falcon

Always stunning to watch; and then a huge steeped dive into the forest below. 

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Bonelli's Eagle

Here's a very poor photo of a large eagle taken after the sun went down over Panormitis. We watched this large bird of prey with a six foot wingspan for about twenty minutes as it hunted over the hills. Justine  got a good view of it in the bins and it's a 2nd year immature Bonelli's eagle in full moult, probably blown in from nearby Bosburun Penin…

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