A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Gadouras Reservoir, Rhodes

A half day at Gadouras reservoir on Rhodes turned up a few surprises for me not least a white pelican (probably on its way to the Danube estuary in Romania where a declining population breeds), a squacco heron and a nice eagle, which now looks like a sub adult white tailed sea eagle (also on migration) scaring all of the wildfowl on the water and a buzzard being mobbed by a kestrel. Coots galore, swallows a-roosting, house martins, the usual little ringed plover, great crested grebes a-courting, dabchicks, ducks various, two common sandpipers, a little egret and surprisingly for Rhodes a mute swan. Oh, and as usual I nearly stepped on a couple of hoopoes before I could get a shot at them. One of these days.

Above the white pelican and the sub adult white tailed sea eagle.

Coots galore, and a little ringed plover.

A mute swan and a cracking squacco heron.

Swallows roosting a kingfisher

A nice common buzzard and the fisherman.....

And because they are so unusual here the swan again.


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