A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Ierapetra Beach

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 were covered in thousands, if not tens of thousands of painted ladies.











This butterfly represents one of the most wonderful migration stories in the world, migrating from North Africa to the Artic circle and back again. We must have caught them on their return.

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This year looks like a bumper year.












The rock pools provide good pickings for the kingfisher. Elsewhere a little egret was fishing in a distant pool.











On the beach a humble pied wagtail hunts for flies.














A first winter yellow legged gull patrols the shoreline for any morsels.












An anemone sits safe in a rock pool.










And finally a new butterfly for me; the East Bath White, seen feeding on a crucifer.

All meager pickings you may think, not at all like a beach in the UK but often that it is the way it is here.

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