Posted by Andy Whitney at 12:58 pm
Pre-breakfast visits to the saltpan always produced a good variety of waders.
|Blue Rock Thrush|
A hybrid Ring-necked/Tufted Duck was discovered by PM on his WEBS count today. The enlarged (rather poor) images indicate an obvious tuft, white nail on bill and greyish-white band around face. The flank is grey, but is surrounded by a white border and thhe head is purple-greenish depending on angle.
We chose Kos as a birding holiday destination not because it would provide many new birds for us (in the event there were none), but to get away from the 'zoo' that places such as Lesvos have become. There was rather scant information about the islands' avifauna on the internet, but enough to know what to expect, that is, rather similar to Lesvos in fact.
Mt Dikaios foothills
Gwd's Waxwings of yesterday were still around Sandhouse Lane. They were difficult to count, but around 70-100 birds. Nice to see them on trees with foliage for a change! They fed on a cherry tree and a large patch of Ivy on a Scots Pine.
The local patch continues to throw up suprises - this time a Greater Flamingo. Sporting a blue and white leg ring, this bird's origins was soon discovered to be Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire. They differ from the only other old world flamingo by a less extensive black bill. The oldest known bird is in Adelaide Zoo, Australia, and is at least 77 years old !
Here's a slightly better shot of Greater Flamingo taken in May, 2006 on Lesvos.