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Easter and 1st of May in Greece. Happy Easter to all. Black-headed bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) taken in Taka Lake today.
Just arrived from a 10-days birding trip in Northern Greece. We visited all the major wetlands birds use every year for wintering. Kerkini Lake is the most important area for birds in this region. This area is one the two wintering grounds of the Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus). When we arrived to the lake the first birds we spotted were Pelicans. You can see both species here, White and Dalmatian Pelican. You can always schedule your trip with us.
After a short trip, we celebrated Eurobirdwatch 2014 with many raptors:
- Falco vespertinus
- Falco naumanni
- Falco tinnunculus
- Falco columbarius
- Falco subbuteo
- Buteo buteo
We are leaving Norway. We visited this lovely country with it’s autumn colors in early October and we are leaving with snow cover everywhere. The trip was long, from Tromsø to Enontekiö, about 4 hours according to our GPS, but we spent about 7 hours in the road due to a blizzard near Kilpisjärvi.
After crossing Kilpisjärvi we stopped for rest near a frozen lake. The weather was better to the other side of the Finnish mountains. It was bitter cold, near -12C, temperatures we were not accustomed, but with no wind chills it was bearable to stay for about an hour outside to eat something and stretch for a while.
Suddenly, everything was magic: a pale sun with no power to warm us, giving us the signal that winter is finally here, a complete silence. You could not hear anything, no birds singing, no animals moving, only a car every hour or so breaking the complete silence. And then, we could here them: a flock of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus), the last migratory birds in the area, were leaving for warmer places, going south. In this silent place the sound of them was absolutely amazing (http://www.xeno-canto.org/169299). Something to remember for life!
A lovely male Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula), during our 3rd day in Finnish Lapland. He was so close to us!!