Dec 11, 2008

Chaffinch (Σπίνος - Fringilla coelebs)

Adult male in winter plumage.Very common this time of year.

Nov 4, 2008

Lapwing (Καλημάνα - Vanellus vanellus)

Usually they form flocks but this one was alone.
I don't get to see them very often here and most of the times I couldn't get close enough to get a decent picture. Luckily this time it didn't seem to mind and managed to get fairly close.

Oct 10, 2008

Starling (Ψαρόνι - Sturnus vulgaris)

The first few starlings appeared around Spata a few days ago

Oct 3, 2008

Kestrel (Βραχοκιρκίνεζο - Falco tinnunculus)

Since my camera was out of use for a while I'm posting a picture of a Kestrel taken in June. Currenlty Kestrels are very common around the Spata area.

Sep 13, 2008

Black-Eared Wheatear (Ασπροκωλίνα - Oenanthe hispanica)

Several male ones have been observed the last couple of weeks. The picture bellow is taken in June. At this time of year their plumage is more yellow-ochre rather than white.

Sep 2, 2008

White Stork (Λευκός Πελαργός - Ciconia ciconia)

A spectacular moment today at 08.00 am. 152 migrating white storks observed near Spata moving towards Markopoulo. Probably had stayed the night somewhere in the area and in the morning headed towards the South. It is known that most White Storks when migrating use two basic paths: Gibraltar and Vosporous. However it seems that smaller flocks must pass through the Peloponnese and Crete. Probably this was one of them. More information about White Stork migration at

Unfortunately I wasn't prepared for such a moment and didn't manage to get a picture.

Picture by Lior Kislev

Aug 24, 2008

Wheatear (Σταχτοπετροκλης - Oenanthe oenanthe)

Another bird that is seen in large numbers the last week or so.

Aug 23, 2008

Stonechat (Mαυρολαίμης - Saxicola torquata)

Observed much more frequently the last few days. Picture of a male one bellow

Aug 21, 2008

Lesser Grey Shrike (Σταχτοκεφαλάς - Lanius minor)

I see them fairly frequently the last few days. I think the one bellow is a juvenile due to slightly barred crown and the lack of black on forehead.

Aug 11, 2008

Τσαλαπετεινός (Hoopoe - Upupa epops)

I have tried many times to get a picture of a Hoopoe with its crest erected. However since they only erect it for less than a second when landing and rarely at other moments my attempts always failed. Here is a picture which I finally managed to shoot at an unexpected moment.

Aug 10, 2008

Φιδαετός (Short-toed Eagle - Circaetus gallicus)

Schinias wetland has basically dried out. Not many birds observed at my last visit.

Aug 1, 2008

Κοκκινοκεφαλάς (Woodchat Shrike - Lanious senator)

A male Woodchat Shrike. Plenty of them around Athens. Usually bold and easy to approach

Jul 31, 2008

Καρδερίνα (Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis)

A juvenile Goldfinch drinking water from a small pool

Jul 29, 2008

Βαλτόπαπια (Ferruginous Duck - Aythya nyroca)

Picture of a juvenile Ferruginous Duck observed a few days ago near Athens.

Jul 23, 2008


Πετροτουρλίδα (Stone Curlew - Burhinus oedicnemus) που φώλιασε τον Ιούνιο σε περιοχή κοντά στα Σπάτα. Αναπαράγεται σε περιοχές με αραιή βλάστηση. Δύσκολα τη συναντά κανείς αφού κινείται κυρίως το βράδυ.

Jul 20, 2008


Νεαρά χελιδόνια πετάνε παντού.
Η κοντή ουρά και το χρώμα του λαιμού τα ξεχωρίζει από τα ενήλικα.

Νεαρό Σταβλοχελίδονο (Barn Swallow - Ηirundo rustica)


Jul 16, 2008

Ανεπιθύμητος επισκέπτης

Βραχοκιρκίνεζο (Kestrel- Falco tinnunculus) VS Αετογερακίνα (Long-legged buzzard - Buteo rufinus)
Το μικρό γεράκι επιτίθεται στον ανεπιθύμητο επισκέπτη που εισήλθε στην επικράτεια του

Jul 15, 2008

Τσαλαπετεινός (Hoopoe - Upupa epops)

Ολόκληρη η φωτογραφία του Πανόπτη.΄

Jul 11, 2008

Νέες αφίξεις

Αρκετά πουλιά έχουν ήδη ξεκινήσει να κινούνται νοτιότερα. Οι φωτογραφίες αυτές είναι τραβηγμένες στην Αττική τις τελευταίες μέρες.

Ακτίτης ( Common sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos) 14-07-2008

Πρασινοσκέλης (Greenshank -Tringa nebularia) 11-07-2008

Σταχτοπετροκλής (Wheatear -Oenanthe oenanthe) 06-07-2008

Σαρσέλα (Garganey - Anas querquedula) 11-07-2008

Jul 10, 2008

Χαλκόκοτα (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus)

Μια χαλκόκοτα που εμφανίστηκε στα τέλη του Ιουνίου στην περιοχή των Μεσογείων