Aegean Rainbow

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by Rebecca Nason on April 14, 2011 · 6 comments

in Birding Western Palearctic

Phil and I have been leading birdwatching trips to the Greek Aegean Island of Lesvos for 7 years now on behalf of the Travelling Naturalist, a wildlife tour company based in Dorset, UK (www.naturalist.co.uk). As we head into April we really start to look forward to what Lesvos 2011 might bring us as every year is so different but always packed with an excellent range and quality of stunning birdlife. Last year we stayed on for an extra week after the tour had finished so I could utilise some of the enormous photographic potential the Island has to offer and explore new areas and options for future tours. Below is a little gallery of one of Europe’s most beautiful birds, the European Bee-eater. Early one morning along the East River, numerous Bee-eaters were hawking over fields and feeding up before the heat of the day kicked in. Using the hire car as a hide I was able to take many pleasing shots both on the wing and on strategically placed twigs and branches. I hope you enjoy looking at the colourful selection . . . . next week – other Lesvos highlights!!

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