A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Osprey?

February 22, 2014

I took this photo a few days ago around the North of the island. I watched the raptor fly from one headland to another and back again. It had a very majestic flight only flapping its wings when the updraft from the hillside failed it. On a previous day I watched the bird of prey drop several hundred feet with its wings folded only to pull out at the last moment. This it did over land a couple of times and then disappeared down the Pedi valley. Visible with the naked eye (for I did not have my binoculars with me!) it had a lighter patch under its neck area. At first I thought it was a long legged buzzard, but after a conversation with a friend who saw the same bird, he believed it was an osprey, and I am inclined to agree (perhaps a snake eagle!), although large raptors can be notoriously difficult to identify. 

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