Migration in Athens

This Autumn the greatest and most popular wetlands near Athens were either almost dry (like Schinias), or the water level was too high (like Loutsa). As a result it was not easy to find and photograph waders near Athens. Fortunately it was a very good year for watching the passerines migration and I managed to get some good pictures of many migrating bird species.

I often visited my favorite spots at Spata (located near the Athens International Airport) but unfortunately I managed to make only one visit to mount Hymettus during this Autumn. Warblers, Redtarts and Flycatchers were in abundance in all the visited places!

In addition let’s not forget that apart from the passing migrants there are also the local migrants. Thrushes are becoming more and more common lately both at lower and higher altitudes all around Athens. The first Blackcaps, Robins, Serins, Chaffinches, Black Redstarts etc. appeared and the fields around Athens that were almost empty during the summer, are now full of life.

The pictures shown here are only a small sample of the pictures I made during this Autumn. Don’t forget to click on the pictures to view them in larger (and sharper) versions with their Exif Data.

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