22 April- SE and Central coast of the Kalloni Gulf

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PHOTO 1: A female Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) in the South fields of the Kalloni Pans.

A rainstorm hit the island (11:30 for the Kalloni Gulf)  and then a halestorm (around 15:30). Here are some highlights of the day:


1 Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus), a male flew just 10 meters over my head just before the rain!


4 drake Garganeys (Anas querquedula)- in the NW corner pool

43 Glossy Ibisses (Plegadis falcinellus), 1 Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)

1 Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), 1 Squacco Heron (Ardeolla ralloides)

7 Grey Plovers (Pluvialis squatarola), 8 Spotted Redshanks (Tringa erythropus)

9 Marsh Sandpipers (Tringa stagnatilis), 45 Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)

4 Gull-billed Terns (Gelohelidon nilotica)

8 Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus)

1 Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)


3 Glossy Ibisses (Plegadis falcinellus), 1 White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

1 Squacco Heron (Ardeolla ralloides)

1 Spotted Redshanks (Tringa erythropus), 7 Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)

12 Wood Sandpipers (Tringa glareola)

1 Marsh Harrier (Circus aeroginosus)

2 Ruddy Shelducks (Tadorna ferruginea)

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PHOTO 2: A White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) together with a Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) in upper Kalami Marsh-Messa.


1 drake Garganey (Anas querquedula)

8 Kentish Plovers (Charadrius alexandrinus) -newely arrived on the newly flooded Polichnitos Pans

170 Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)- heading to the Kalloni Pans

1 Sandwich Tern (Sterna sadwicensis)

1 M.f. flavissima in a mixed flock of Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava)

12 Golden Orioles (Oriolus oriolus)

1 female Marsh Harrier (Circus aeroginosus)

1 Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) – over the beach at 16:00 circling up a little then headed off due N against the wind over the Gulf

PHOTO 3: The Kalloni Gulf at 11:00, photo taken from the coast at Achladeri.
PHOTO 4: The Kalloni Gulf at 12:30 after the end of the First wave of rain, photo taken by Kantri. The mouth of the Gulf visible at the far end.

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