We based ourselves around Plakias in Southern Crete, from 25/4/15- 2/5/15. The week wasn’t specifically about birding but we managed some good species. We hired a car to visit various places, mostly on or around the south coast, although there was ample good birding within easy walking distance of Plakias.
On arriving at Plakias this very confiding Little Bittern flew down to the dirt road beside our accommodation, a good start.
Around Frangokastello fort we found several Great Reed Warblers singing away in the beds. On the beach here we also had a single Greenshank, one of the few waders seen during the week. Other waders included Wood Sand, Common Sand and Little Ringed Plover.
Griffon Vultures and Alpine Swifts were common around the impressive gorges and mountain passes. Also around the gorges we picked out a nice Long-legged Buzzard.
Sardinian Warblers, Blue Rock Thrush and Cetti’s Warblers seemed to be everywhere. The list goes on; Pied Fly, Golden Oriole, Turtle Dove….
|Black-eared Wheatear (singing and displaying everywhere)|
Butterflies included Scarce Swallowtail, Small Copper, Eastern Dappled White, Speckled Wood and a Skipper Sp.
The island had some amazing displays of Mediterranean wildflowers, the Orchids in particular were stunning.
|Italian Man Orchid - Orchis Italica|
|Dragon Arum - Dracunculus vulgaris|
|Spider Orchid Spp.|
|Cretan Ebony - Ebenus cretica|
|Couldn't resist a wall like that... should have taken the climbing gear.|