This video is called Lesvos Birds Spring 2012.
In the central mountains, a blue tit and a rock nuthatch.
This is a stellion video.
The nuthatch has company on the rocks. The biggest lizard species of the island, the stellion, is there as well.
The first blackbird that we see on Lesbos.
This spot is famous for raptor migration. Today, however, we see just one sparrowhawk and two short-toed eagles.
We go on to the north coast. A turtle dove on the telephone wire. A black-headed bunting singing on a telephone pole.
A male linnet.
Eurasian crag martins flying around.
Five juvenile shags swimming in the sea below us.
Two ruddy shelducks flying overhead.
Just as we are about to leave, two short-toed eagles come, flying closely to us.
Again, stellion lizards.
Over ten bee-eaters flying around.
Alpine swifts flying near the fortress.
A great tit on a fence.
At our next stop, more to the east along the north coast, a red-backed shrike. A painted lady butterfly.
A lesser spotted eagle overhead.
A chaffinch singing.
Next, to the Petra reservoir.
Many yellow-legged gulls. A couple of ruddy shelducks, with ducklings.
A male subalpine warbler singing.
Then, something special: a rare Eleonora’s falcon flies past.
Back to the south. Back to our first stop of the morning.
In a bush, two linnets, and a red-backed shrike sitting on the branch under them.
Near Skala Kallonis: a greenfinch singing. Marsh frog sounds.
Barn swallows driving a jay away from a swimming pool.
Late in the evening: a European mole-cricket crossing the road.
Here we present the first unequivocal evidence that an individual bird of the Alpine swift (Tachymarptis melba) can stay airborne for migration, foraging and roosting over a period of more than 6 months: here.
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