Since the early 1990s, Lesvos has quite rightly established itself as one of the premier birding destinations within the Mediterranean basin. It combines the excitement of migration with several key species which can be otherwise difficult to see elsewhere in Europe. It might not have the large numbers of raptors some other places enjoy, but even raptor passage can be exhilarating.
In January and February the coldest months, but generally bright ,with wetland areas holding , wildfowl numbers are at their highest, The two saltpan areas hold over-wintering Greater Flamingos, herons, egrets and waders. Kingfisher is widespread both at inland freshwater sites and around the coast. The shallow basin of the Gulf of Kalloni holds significant numbers of wintering wildfowl and seabirds including Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes, Black-throated Diver, Great Cormorant and Shag.
But what had happened in Kalloni , when civilization gave birth to the Science of Life ?
Actually biology was there discovered . By Aristotelis , himself
Kalloni (Greek: Καλλονή) is the name of a town, and since the 2011 local government reform the name of a municipal unit of the municipality Lesbos, in the west-central part of the island of Lesbos, Greece. Prior to 2011 the current municipal unit was amunicipality.
It has a land area of 241.946 km². At the 2001 census it had a population of 8,194 inhabitants. The municipal seat was the town of Kalloní (pop. 1,732). The unit's largest other towns are Ágra (990), Parákoila (926), Dáfia (851), Fília (636), Skalochóri (581), Anemótia (534), and Kerámi (524). Kalloni was known as Kalonya during Ottoman rule and was a nahiya (township) center atMolova kaza of Midilli sanjak before Lesbos joined Greece in 1912.
The first nationwide pelican census has been completed, covering 30 wetlands in the country. This was an initiative of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (SPP) and the Greek Ornithological Society (HOS) and involved the two species of pelicans that breed in Greece: the globally endangered Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) and White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus).
A total of 3564 Dalmatians was counted in 16 wetlands across the country together with 684 Whites in 9 wetlands, while the presence of both species was recorded in 8 of the 30 wetlands where the census took place. Of central importance to the protection and conservation of the two species are wetlands where they breed (Lake Prespa, Amvrakikos, Kerkini, Messolonghi Lagoon and Lake Karla) and where, as expected, there were significant numbers.
The Sani company has undertaken an important environmental initiative – studying and protecting the birdlife of the Sani wetlands. The scientific research results till now demonstrate the high biodiversity found in the area, and its great value and importanceRed List of Threatened Species of Greece, or 31% ,four are characterised as critically endangered: the glossy ibis, graylag goose, corn bunting and the montagu’s harrier. bittern, purple heron, black stork, greater spotted eagle, Mediterranean gull, whiskered tern and the black tern more on European Birdwatch Day
Greece like a Paradise
"whatever you do ...flourishes",
says Yiannis Boutaris,
mayor of Thessaloniki
and owner of a successful Greek wine industy
It was when NASA pictured up from the holly top of Meteora Greece, the Perseids shower phenomenon on it's most visible and intense "dance" of the last years. NASA CHOSE THIS PICTURE to show to the World as the picture of the year, reminding to Greeks the Mythology tradition according to which, under the Perseids Shower, Wishes "are heard, and may come true..." It was
Greece's greatest praying and fasting period around the year, the 15th of August, and Virgin Mary, the Protector, was asked to save Greece and the Greeks' lives
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Here are some tips for birdwatching that will help you discover the fascinating world of birds. They have been put together with the help of Jonathan Elphick, editor of the Natural History Museum bookAtlas of Bird Migration.
Birding areas in Greece
The area includes the two freshwater lakes situated in a basin, surrounded by high mountains. The lakes have extensive reedbeds and small areas of wet meadow. Prespa lakes are known as the largest nesting colony of Dalmacian pelicans.
The area of Dadia forest is well known for the breeding and wintering of raptors! With 36 species recorded it is renowned as one of 2 remaining European feeding and breeding grounds for rare raptors such as the black and griffin vultures.
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