A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Griffon Vulture

As a birder, I occasionally get to see a bird that makes my year, not just my day and this is it. I read about them in school biology text books and I've watched them on countless TV wildlife programs. In this case a griffon vulture, one of 300+ individuals on the island of Crete. Now in decline because of roads and disturbance by man, better veterinary care of domestic animals and the decline of the custom of "azati" where carcasses are left out for the birds to eat. Yup, lousy photo, but wow what an experience. Next for the really rare bearded vulture.

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