This video is called Birds & Wildlife encountered on the Greek Island of Lesvos, in April/May 2015.
After the early morning of 8 May, we went to the west of Lesbos island.
Conditions are drier there, and vegetation more sparse than in the east.
Near Ypsilou monastery, an Isabelline wheatear.
A male red-footed falcon flying overhead.
A black-eared wheatear, sitting on a rock.
Then, a really rare bird, which lives just in Lesbos and Turkey: a cinereous bunting. See the photo from Lesbos here.
It sits first on a rock; later on a bush, cleaning its feathers and, later, eating.
A black-headed bunting on a fence.
Many spotted flycatchers, sitting on leafless branches, flying away to catch insects, then returning.
We hear the golden oriole, both the male and the female; but, as usually, we cannot see them.
A small copper butterfly.
A rock nuthatch on, indeed, a rock.
Near the highest point of the road around the monastery, a Mediterranean praying mantis.
A singing woodlark.
A female chaffinch in a bush.
Bladder campion flowers.
A rock nuthatch with an insect in its bill and a male blue rockthrush, together on a rock.
A beautiful scarce swallowtail butterfly.
We go further to the west. A dead European legless lizard: roadkill.
We arrive at the petrified forest. Twenty million years ago, a volcanic eruption petrified tree trunks here. Also, fossils of deinotheriums, an early elephant species, have been discovered.
A stellion on a rock.
East of Sigri village, many bee-eaters.
A kestrel. A long-legged buzzard.
A black-headed bunting, singing in a tree.
Ruddy shelducks and yellow-legged gulls in a meadow.
A female red-backed shrike sitting on a farmer’s vehicle.
A woodchat shrike on a telephone wire.
Spreading pellitory growing at a wall.
As we go back, a little owl on a roof.
A Cretzschmar’s bunting (see the photo from Lesbos here) on a wall.
A black-headed bunting. Sombre tits.
Bee-eaters flying and calling.
We arrive at a marsh near the river. A squacco heron. And little bitterns, both male and female. A male little bittern climbing through a shrub near the water.
This is a video of female and male little bitterns in Spain.
Cetti’s warbler warbling.
Many Persian meadow brown butterflies attracted by flowers’ nectar.
On an oleander shrub, a stonechat with an insect in its bill.
Then, another male little bittern? or a black-crowned night heron? It does not have a white breast, like an adult night heron. That makes it an immature night heron.
As a fine final note to a beautiful day, a hoopoe flying across the road.
Isabelline shrike in the Netherlands: here.
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