A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

header photo

Hoopoe and Irises


Up in the mountains about half an hour's walk from the dirt road is an old monastery called Sotiris Mikros. The monastery which is well cared for still, and its grounds sit on a gentle sloping hillside with old terraces along with a disused threshing circle, a possible dried pond and various buildings. In a number of corners irises flourish and are seen today in full flower. 




However the highlight of yesterday was a hoopoe bathing in the dust on the track in front of us while driving down to Panormitis. My camera was in the boot along with with my bins! Such was my luck although my friend managed to get a shot of it before it flew off into the woods! I will post the pic as soon as he sends it to me. A first for me in 45 years chasing around bits of England looking for one! Photo: Neil Gosling.


Go Back