A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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A short walk out of the harbour along the cliff slopes on an old stone path towards the most Northerly point on Megiste there is, just a mile or two from the Turkish shore, an old neglected and sheltered olive grove nestled between two hills. I sat on an ancient tree stump at the edge of the wood, in the shade, for about an hour and and soon discovered I wasn't alone. A small show included a striking woodchat shrike with its red head, a female northern wheatear, a black-eared wheatear foraging from a gorse bush and a first for me was a collared flycatcher that showed only its back to me.

The View from the wood and below a woodchat shrike.

A Northern wheatear and below a black-eared wheatear.

A collared flycatcher.

An old enclosing wall and the walk home with a view of the old castle at the harbour entrance.


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