I thought it time to catch up on my blog with several trips away to record I am going to have to go backwards.
21st September as we fly over Corfu our destination lies below the small resort of Agios St George South and Lake Korission
As I say this was never a birding holiday but the area could have potential ,I never got down to the lake early morning ,but if the price is right it's worth a look , not a great deal other than a small harbour and lots of restaurants along the very long coast road of St Georges , and insect where rather a pain Carol getting some nasty bites which needed antibiotics, you needs some good insect repellent.
22nd We had a walk along to the Lake it was not early and the sun well up and very hot, the sand is hard in places and other areas are soft and hard to walk , plenty of Dragonflies at a small disgusting looking pool , with other Darters perched along the trackside . Whinchats where in small groups and also a few Spotted Flycatchers and distant Red Backed Shrikes also two wood Warblers and numerous Stonechats , but all flew ahead of us and with plenty cover they soon disappeared. This was never meant to be a birding holiday just a few days away in the sun there is always something to find when the sun shines
23rd and a walk up to Argrirades with some nice habitat along the way before the steep climb to the small town , numerous Butterflies along the way the vast majority did not settle which was rather frustrating , I saw a large Fritillary on flowers in someone's garden but all to briefly it was gone further in and with no viewing , I was however lucky to catch sight of a Two Tailed Pasha as it zoomed overhead I had no idea at the time of what it was but it settled High in a tree and I got some shots it also dropped down somewhat giving better views but no open wing .
We decided to do the circular walk along the main road and back to St George but its not worth the effort as the road is busy for most of it .
The Night of the 24th a storm raged from about 5 in the afternoon till the early hours of the morning and did it rain it poured down , this would have been the day to get out early but we had booked to go on a trip to Albania to the port of Sarande for my birthday seemed like a good idea at the time.
Short video with some heavy rain
We tried to walk out of town but the rain was just relentless and I only got four birds on my Albanian list which will never increase , this small harbour has a crane that has toppled and just been left , most of the town is modern but there is still some old parts around a house we saw was built of bricks but no mortar and the weight of a concrete roof keeping it all in place , I did not like too photograph it as the owners where outside , Two Cows wandered down the street , a shoe shop comprised of Hundreds of used shoes tied together in a pile even odd shoes tied together ,, sort yourself out a pair .
26th Early morn looking from the balcony a very large flock of Hirundines feeding nearby and the distinctive calls of Bee-eaters drifted over occasionally for about an hour but I never did see them, most nights Bats could be seen giving fantastic flying shows nice to watch with a glass of wine or beer ( I have both) .Another day along the lake and I was puzzled by a distant cloud of birds feeding in the air as some neared they turned out to be Alpine Swifts I estimated up to a thousand birds wheeling around they must have been displaced by the storm again it was late morning so god knows what I could have missed , there is a sand dune with good views over the lake so I watched from here far a couple of hours in total , A Hobby flashed overhead circled catching Dragonflies as it went then shot out over the lake as the Swifts came nearer , again in the distance some larger birds where mobbing what turned out to be a small raptor , these where Hooded Crows the only ones I saw , the Swifts drifted off and where later replaced with swallows and Martins as they fed over the lower level . On the lake Great White Egret , Little Egrets about six, numerous Grey Heron ,two Kingfishers and the Hobby buzzed us again giving stunning views with the strong light behind us . we walked on looking for other vantage points but did not find any it's a huge lake to walk it's entire length, we could see a lone Flamingo at the edge and two very distant waders which I thought where Greenshank but I only had bins with me save my super zoom SX50
27th Another walk back up to Agrirades but only what I thought was an Iberian Chiffchaff heard apart from the numerous raucous Jays , even the likes of Great Tits and Blue Tits are very hard to see .
Long Tailed Blue ? i have not checked anything out yet this just to show how small they are next to a Bee