A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Maralia Beach


1st November

To the west of Chania is a length of sand dunes about a mile long. Over a bridge beyond the new town lies an interesting area much degraded by man. Rubbish tipped here and there, four wheel drive paradise and off road bikes abound but today - end of October - relative peace and quite. There are areas of fragmites or reeds and lots of interesting sand dune plants, more of which later. Lots of stonechats and in this shot a sardinian warbler makes itself known.





undefinedA nice male stonechat here.







undefinedLots of greenfinches too!







undefined A hooded crow with a few friends molesting or mobbing...............







undefined............a booted eagle! Indeed two of them; we watched them for about an hour over the sand dunes, swooping low occasionally for some morsel or other.  

It breeds in southern Europe, North Africa and across Asia. It is migratory, wintering in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This eagle lays 1-2 eggs in a tree or crag nest.

Showing the white marking on the wings termed as "Landing Lights"

This is a species of wooded, often hilly countryside with some open areas. It hunts small mammals, reptiles and birds up to 5 times its own weight.

The booted is a small eagle, comparable to the common buzzard in size though more eagle-like in shape. Males grow to about 510–770 grams (1.12–1.70 lb) in weight, with females about 950–1,000 grams (2.09–2.20 lb). There are two relatively distinct plumage forms. Pale birds are mainly light grey with a darker head and flight feathers. The other form has mid-brown plumage with dark grey flight feather. The call is a shrill kli-kli-kli.

I feel lucky today! And then it rained and rained.

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