Lesvos 2008: Part I
Lump of Petrified Forest - awesome.
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Female Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Male Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
European Pond Terrapin Emys orbicularis
and
Stripe-necked Terrapin
Mauremys rivularis (M. caspica)
Spring was quieter than usual this year on the island, but there was still plenty to see.

Here are a few shots of the landscapes and birds that we came across - in a more or less
random order.

This 10-day trip in mid-April with fellow photographer and ace birder Kit Day - see
Kit's
website for a more detailed photo report - was made all the more memorable thanks to the
banana-custard-yellow Hyundai Atos served up to us as our hire car (hereinafter referred
to as the "the Mighty Atos"). This magnificent piece of modern engineering not only spooked
all the wildlife in sight, but, thanks to its amazingly low ground clearance, also had a
tendency to bottom out and get stuck in the most inconvenient places. On one occasion, it
even drove itself backwards into a metal gate post!
The Mighty Atos:
"Get Your Motor Running......"
Agama Lizard Agama stellio
Night Herons  Nycticorax nycticorax
Courting Black-winged Stilts  Himantopus himantopus
Silhouetted Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Male Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus