A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Raptor identified!

Many thanks to Mike Langman for this identification. He says "The raptor is a Short Toed Eagle check out primary shape and grey / brown head down to throat". 

They are also referred to as Snake Eagles and as such hunt snakes up to one and a half metres long, often wrestling with them on the ground. They will take venomous snakes and swallow them whole usually head first. They will also take lizards and occasionally small birds. These eagles spend the winter in the sub Saharan region of North Africa returning to Southern Europe in the early spring. It is estimated that there are between 8500 and 13000 breeding pairs in this part of the world with other resident populations in India and beyond. I would guess this chap was just passing through the region.


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