Crete Birding

Updated 31 -10- 2009.

 

The Western most Peninsula [called Tiganis or Gramvousa ]of Crete [where we live] The area  is both coastal and mountainous and is on a  migration route. From the northern tip of the peninsula can be seen Antikythera island where the Hellenic Ornithological Society has their ringing and raptor Spring and Autumn migration observatory, to volunteer see the links page for their website

 

At the end of the peninsula can be found the beautiful Balos Beach. Not many birds visit the beach area at any time of the year, but keep an eye on the high ridges for raptors, we have seen Lammergeier, Bonellis Eagle, Golden Eagle and Griffon Vulture from here. Eleonora's Falcon breed nearby and can be seen throughout the summer. During autumn migration almost anything can turn up, heading fom the mainland and getting some lift from the thermals of Antikythera, which can be seen in the distance top the north, do not confuse with the small rock shaped like a mouse nearby !

       

       

       

       

The road that leads to the end of the peninsula is situated on the eastern side overlooking the bay of Kissamos......there is no route from Falasarna. Part way along there is a small church at the side of the road, an excellent place to observe migrants in the spring, Wryneck, three species of flycatcher, Hoopoe, Redstart, Larks, Pipits, Wheatear  have all been sighted in the shrubs and rocks here also the raptors mentioned earlier along with Accipiters.

             A few images showing the terrain, if walking this route there is no shade.

Gramvousa peninsula from Kissamos harbour, the "rough" road out to Balos beach can be seen in the middle of the picture.

   The steep higher slopes of the peninsula are all rock and scrub, there are very few trees

                                The lower slopes......... a flock of Grey Herons fly past

               The southern end of the peninsula again from Kissamos harbour area