The Lake of Beasts: Kerkini, Greece

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The Kerkini Lake. This will be the first time I find myself in Greece in winter. During the last decade, the numbers in Greece were “mostly stable”, fluctuating from 35 up to 75 birds – representing the total European Fennoscandian population.

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The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One

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While crossing Gramos Mountain in northern Greece, a Dendrocopos woodpecker flew over the road and landed in a pine tree. So, I wrote to my friend Giorgos Spiridakis, a bird guide living by Kerkini Lake , further east, if he could help me with this elusive woodpecker.

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What is killing birds at Karla Lake (Greece)?

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There should be thousands of birds at this time of the year, Dimitris Michalakis from the Karla Lake management authority told me. In early August this year, I saw 77 species here (69 on the lake, plus 8 more in the surrounding areas) but barely more than a thousand individuals.

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Pelican Lake (Greece): Magic Revisited

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The sun rises over the village of Chrysochorafa, by Kerkini Lake in the north of Greece, not far from the triple border with Bulgaria and FYRO Macedonia. Before this trip, I asked Steve Mills, the author of ‘ Birdwatching in Northern Greece ’, which sites would he recommend at this time of the year. The origin of the lake dates back to the 1920s, when the River Strymonas was dammed for irrigation purposes. Trips Europe Greece pelicans Early September morning.

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Greece: Pelicans galore at Lake Kerkini

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It is an early April morning and we are in the hills surrounding Lake Kerkini in the north of Greece. Hoopoes … Red-rumped Swallow … panorama of the lake… and we turn back to the lakeshore, where we have booked a boat tour. Above the lake is another raptor, a Black Kite chased away by several aggressive Yellow-legged Gulls. The Lake Kerkini chapter starts with page 48. My Lake Kerkini eBird list. Trips Europe Greece pelicans

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Prespa Lakes National Park, Greece: the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world

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The Prespa Lakes National Park in Greece is well hidden among the mountains at the triple border with Albania in the west and the FYRO Macedonia in the north. The mountains are more than 2300 metres high, while the lakes lie at the lowest point of the park, at 850 m a.s.l. I was crossing the mountain pass against the setting Sun and when I saw it for the first time, the waters of the smaller of two lakes, the Mikri Prespa, were painted in gold. The Megali Prespa Lake.

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Birding in Greece – birdfinder book review

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Since I live not very far from Greece, I have often combined my vacation there with birding. I have a handful of Greece travel guides (not that I am happy with any of them), but what I always missed was a specialised bird-finding guide. Greece is visited by millions of tourists every year (over 19.5 Yet, as far as I know, there was no birdfinder guide for Greece. Have I already mentioned that Birding in Greece is a luxurious book?

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Birding on Steroids or the Kerkini Lake in 10 Pictures

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This time I was lucky enough to join a fam trip organised by Natural Greece, an ecotourism company from Athens, and spend a few days at my favourite Kerkini Lake, which you already birded through my bins ( April and September ). The northeastern part of the lake, where the river Strymonas flows into. Beside Andrea Bonetti, the guide from Natural Greece, there were four more bird guides coming from some of the leading tour operators in the industry.

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The Greek Strategy

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Have you read my blogs on birding Greece ? Presuming that you live somewhere in Europe and plan a car trip to Greece, let me suggest a couple of routes that will increase your tour list. A – the Prespa Lakes National Park (Google Maps).

The top-5 birds of 2018

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Birds 2018 Greece SerbiaWhat qualifies a bird to be included in the top-5? My first criterion was that I observed it only once during the year 2018. eBird doesn’t offer such an option, so I used the second best: the species was observed in one month only.

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Birding the Cyclades: My my, how can I resist you?

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We are in the village of Finikas on the island of Syros in the Cyclades archipelago of Greece. Tha dropping numbers are suspected in Greece and Croatia, and confirmed in Italy, France and Malta. I was on a new sailing birdwatch tour well organised by Natural Greece and accompanied by their bird guide Andrea Bonetti. The BirdLife Greece has recently published the Greek bird finder, available online as pdf and downloadable as an android smartphone application.

The Six Good Birds of Christmas

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I observed my first GS eagles in India some 8 years ago, then the first for Europe in Greece only last December , and finally I have them in my home country list. 2018 is about to end. Checking my annual list, I am where I usually am at this time of year: several species short of 200.

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We are Just Money Grubbers

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I dipped it once before and only this autumn found them in Greece. They do breed in the Balkans, in Montenegro and Greece where I observed them, as well as in Bulgaria and Romania. Out of just under 200 bird species I observed this year in SE Europe, there are 6 threatened species.

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Coming soon: sensual green in the Maldives

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A few clicks to book car hire Greece and you are set for a holiday where you can be in control of where you go and what you do.

Beaten by an Angry Bird

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A few years back, I birded northern Greece with a couple from Namibia. Noisy wing beats, heavy landing behind the stern, water splashing everywhere and then, a hit of a heavy wing on my upper arm…. It had been a while since I saw Greater Flamingoes and was thrilled to see them again.

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My Top 12 Wildlife Watching Moments

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Here go those moments of curiosity, in no particular order: Europe: And so, I was driving from Greece to Serbia… in central FYRO Macedonia, two birds were circling not far from the motorway… black and white… perhaps White Storks on migration? Europe: Some 40 km north of Belgrade, Serbia, I am driving to the very end of an oxbow lake with the intention of looking for the Ruddy Shelducks that were found here the day before.

Eating organic in Kathmandu

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The future of travel: green value

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Green hotel in Greece? Home About What and who we are Staff Awards Press Tips Why travel green Green traveler’s to do’s Carbon Offsets Travel secrets of frequent fliers Buy Deals Photos Wine Green wine: what is it?

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Welcome to the Blue Heart of Europe

Conservancy Talk

Pristine beaches can be found a short distance from karst meadows, lakes and mountains blanketed in mixed forests of beech, black pine, oak, walnut and maple.

San Miguel de Allende: leading Mexico's green revolution

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Ancient pollen tells story from under the Sea of Galilee

Green Prophet

New pollen samples dug out of the bottom of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) by an Israeli scientific team suggest that a regional drought seems to have been the reason why prosperous societies –– Egyptian, Hittite and Mycenaean –– collapsed more than 3,000 years ago.

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The Eco Army of Cyprus

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Cyprus, a small EU island off the coast of Greece and Turkey is the latest army to join the trend. In an example in Israel’s Negev desert region, recycled waste water is being diverted to provide water for a small lake in a nature park. :: Cyprus Mail.

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano: The Gift of Calamity

The Alien Next Door

From our home base in Merlischachen, Toulouse and I explored the roads, mountains and lakes of Switzerland for the next few days in blissful ignorance. km); into Italy via Lugano along the Lago Maggiore ; and all around the Vierwaldstatter See ( Lake Lucerne ).

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Best Bird of the Year for 2015

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This year, up at the lake, one of the two Common Loons that always nest across the bay behind the point, next to the marsh, was missing. This of course raises questions of what happens when all of the inland nesting grounds of all the loons becomes covered with glacial ice during ice ages, then later, the ice melts and the lakes return.

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Collaborative List – August 2017

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9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico. Belmont Lake SP. Belmont Lake SP. Lake Ronkonkoma. Lake Constance–overlook just east of Sweden. Belmont Lake SP.

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There is Only One Side to the Nuclear Debate

Green Prophet

Instead of being restricted to the Ukraine, radiation was propelled into the stratosphere by Chernobyl’s massive explosion, where it was picked up by the wind and swept throughout the Northern Hemisphere to Greece, Austria, Turkey, and elsewhere.