The Quarantine birds

More than a year has passed since the beginning of the restrictive measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Just a few weeks ago things started to slowly return to normal. All this time most of us should stay indoors with minimal opportunities for walks outside the house. Traveling (even nearby) was out of the . . . → Read More: The Quarantine birds

Striated Heron!

It was three weeks ago when some really exciting news suddenly came to upset the relatively small community of bird watchers in the country. It was the first sighting of Striated Heron (Butorides striata) for Greece! A juvenile bird was observed at the city of Chania in Crete. Initially it was thought that it . . . → Read More: Striated Heron!

10 years!

More than 10 years have passed since my first visit to the forests of the Rodopi mountains. In all these visits one of the main target species was Capercaillie. The “emblematic” species of the forest most probably at its southernmost point of existence in Europe. However I always returned with a little disappointment since . . . → Read More: 10 years!

Struggling to survive

In the first days of 2017 I visited again the Gallikos river estuaries in Thessaloniki. This time I was looking for a Pacific Golden Plover that had appeared there. This species is a rare vagrant to Greece and since I was returning to Athens after seasons holidays, I changed my return schedule in order . . . → Read More: Struggling to survive

A (not so…) usual daily excursion

There are some times, when in order to take pictures of species rarely seen in Greece, you are “forced” to make some not so close daily trips. One such case was a few days ago. Near the mouth of the Gallikos river, just outside the city of Thessaloniki, appeared almost simultaneously a Long-tailed Duck . . . → Read More: A (not so…) usual daily excursion

Autumn migration at Messolonghi

It is hard to imagine autumn migration in Greece without at least one visit to the wetlands of Messolonghi. This year I managed to make two visits there, although these were only short daily visits and there was not enough time to search all the hotspots of the vast wetland area in and around . . . → Read More: Autumn migration at Messolonghi

Elatia Forest In June

Last month I visited Elatia forest at Drama prefecture. This forest is unique for Greece and in many cases it is the only place that you can find some species of flora and fauna. It is the south-est spot in Europe where you can find Nutcrackers and Capercaillies and the only place in Greece . . . → Read More: Elatia Forest In June

At Last!

After many years of unsuccessful attempts to find and take pictures of a Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), my quest was completed during the last days of the year just completed, in a place just outside the city of Kastoria.

Just outside the city and in the middle a pretty big slope, inside a natural cave . . . → Read More: At Last!

Antikythera island

This summer I visited the Antikythera island for two weeks participating in the “Raptor migration watch” voluntary program of the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS).

I had a very good time there and the days passed really fast. When you spend several days in such small and remote places you get closer to the people . . . → Read More: Antikythera island

1st Prespa Bird Weekend

The Society for the Protection of Prespa ( in cooperation with the Hellenic Ornithological Society ( organized an event that they hope it will become annual. The event took place during the first days of May.

The “1st Prespa Bird Weekend” therefore included two days filled with walks in the beautiful nature of the . . . → Read More: 1st Prespa Bird Weekend