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!

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!

A Baillon’s Crake in Athens (Rafina)

Several days have passed from the appearance of a Baillon’s Crake at the estuary of the stream of Rafina city near Athens. Since this is a quite difficult bird species to observe in Greece, there were many bird watchers that went to see it.

Baillon’s Crakes are usually passing migrants for Greece and you . . . → Read More: A Baillon’s Crake in Athens (Rafina)

Lake Karla

It is now more than one month since my visit to lake Karla in central Greece near the city of Volos. The lake is in fact a water reserve which was created in recent years to irrigate the area. At the same place in the past there was one of the biggest wetlands in . . . → Read More: Lake Karla


I have to admit that I haven’t posted anything new for a while now but that doesn’t mean my photo excursions have stopped. This year the spring migration appeared to be somewhat sluggish and the birds fewer compared to last year. Perhaps this year’s weather with the constant South winds wasn’t very helpful on . . . → Read More: Spring

A rarity at mount Vardousia

This photo is certainly not one of my best. In fact, normally I would delete it without second thought. The light is from the wrong direction, it is heavily cropped, and I had to remove a number of metal wires beside the bird during post processing. BUT this little bird is a Pine Bunting . . . → Read More: A rarity at mount Vardousia

Target species: Bearded Reedling

Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) is one of my favorite bird species. They can be usually found in marshes having dense reed beds and the most suitable season to see and photograph them is winter. In winter they form large noisy flocks and they keep moving and feeding on the reeds.

Given these facts . . . → Read More: Target species: Bearded Reedling

Spring at mount Vardousia

Last weekend I found myself once again at mount Vardousia. The goal was (again) the “alpine” bird species that can be seen only at high altitude. My companion was once again Giorgos and Michalis but this time another friend and known nature photographer Nikos Petrou joined us. Unfortunately Nikos could not stay for the . . . → Read More: Spring at mount Vardousia


Although I was quite busy lately, I managed to visit “Skala Oropou” (a wetland just outside Athens) twice. Although it is one of the most important wetlands in Attica, there were not many birds there yet. The best observation was a group of shags. It wasn’t easy but finally I managed to get close . . . → Read More: Oropos