A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Rodos; Day 2 afternoon

Kalamos Bay

 

 

This is Kalamos Bay between the villages of Katavia and Apolakia, a distance of about 17 kilometers. It is also marked on the map as Anemomylos Bay or windmill bay.

This section is almost completely unspoilt with the foreshore a few hundred yards to the left of the road and fertile fields to the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the fields are these curious range of hills layered with what looks like sand and clay. The fields all have drainage ditches - mostly dry - but these ditches are havens for wild life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There appears to be a healthy population of stonechats on the island. Also in the ditch was a warbler, possibly a sedge warbler judging by its call.

Elsewhere a long legged buzzard was soaring over the hill. Goldfinches and serins were foraging in the crops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the beach and at the top of the foreshore are these very prickly shrubs approprietly known as the prickly juniper!

This is a sub-species of Juniper oxycedrus; J. o. macrocarpus and is confined to sandy beaches of the Mediterranean shores. 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few of the plants on the sandy shore. The silver leafed plant with a yellow flower is a sea medick (Medicago marina) although this a large genus containing many species that are very similar and identification really can only be made by looking at the fruits.

This succulent is a member of the Stonecrop family and if you look carefully it has reddish tinges probably making a Sedum rubens or reddish stonecrop.

The other silver leafed plant I have yet to identify but covers a great area of the mid-shore as far as the eye can see.

 

 

 

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