A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Larking about on Rhodes

Larking about on Rhodes.
The day started at approx 6.21 am on a cold Afandou beach. Plenty of specialist foreshore plants to look at but as I don't have any reference books with me I can't name them. I missed a lesser grey shrike, a common buzzard, a hoopoe on the golf course and more larks than I could shake a stick at plus a few others because of poor light but I had the advantage being the only person on a two mile stoney beach and foreshore. Further along Haraki beach was by 8.30 am warm enough with nothing to report but just as I got in the car I caught this stunning spur-winged lapwing. It is said by Herodotus to be the "Trochilus" bird that cleans the Nile crocodile. None of those about though. Over a field of poppies I missed a female ring-tailed hen harrier, too quick to photo so I settled for a little ringed plover, a crested lark, a northern wheatear and hillside of wild flowers. Just a few of the hundred or so pics I took today. Rain ended play so I retired to a local taverna for beer and a salad.

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