A local day that started pre-dawn at Metochi Lake where the first rays of the day illuminated seven creeping Little Crakes including two slaty males and six Little Bitterns along with giggling Little Grebes and boisterous Coots and Moorhens.
Great Reed Warblers gurked from the tall reeds and Common Swifts were coming down to drink. However it was the trio of male Golden Orioles that perched high in their chosen oak and serenaded the morning with gusto that brought the most smiles. They were magnificent. A Middle Spotted Woodpecker briefly showed much to my relief and we returned to breakfast fully satiated by our morning excursion.
|Golden O' - through the scope they were magnificent|
From here we ventured back through Lotzaria adding two Black-necked and three Great created Grebes at the Tsiknias river mouth and the regular Long-legged Buzzard on a telegraph pole.
Ominous cloud probably 20 miles away over Turkey to the North-west
|The new look lower Tsiknia ford looking north|
The fields and pans were quiet and especially so with Chinook military manoeuvres going on but they did help us add Spoonbill and 11 Black Storks and get ridiculous views of Little Owl and Red-throated Pipit.
We made our way to the eastern end and shared Kevin's 14 male Garganey as they paddled up and down the channel. Temminck's Stint was new for the trip and a couple of Marsh Sands were noted along with 16 Ruddy Shelduck and a now perched Spoonbill.
|Allium sphaerocephalon var. aegaeum|
|Dark Spreadwing - Lestes macrostigma|
A huge female Peregrine attacked the Avocets and eventually caught one which was quite spectacular.
|In for the kill...|
The Raptor Watchpoint above Kalloni provided the usual species but nothing out of the ordinary so we broke for an early lunch at the Pela before doing the Potamia circuit but it was now seriously hot and even the insects were keeping low.
|The view from the KRWP...|
A Dwarf Mantis and a huge Huntsman spider were the non avian highlights and a pair of Crag Martins around the bridge were the first I have seen this close to town.
|Eusparassus walckenaeri - The huge Huntsman|
|European Dwarf Mantis - Ameles spallanzania|
|Orbed Underwing Skipper|
|Syrian Thistle - Notobasis syriaca|
A brief siesta and then down to Lotzaria where a male Little Bittern and female Red-backed Shrike showed well at the Ford and four Collared Pratincoles and a pair of Stone Curlews put on a great show at the Big Barn Corner while a Little Owl watched on.
The mossies were out and ravenous so we packed up and headed for the Dionysis for the evening.