Crete is an island with an amazing flora and fauna. This bird watching tour is an excellent way to live an unforgettable experience in the wild nature of Crete. The tour takes us to places that are regarded as “hidden gems” since they attract very few but sophisticated people that are specialized in birdwatching.
Duration: 9 days
Prices: from 242.00 p.p.
Bird Watching tour description
DAY 1 Arrival
DAY 2 Iraklio – Gouves: Tour starts at the north coast of Crete in the village of Analipsi and more particularly APOSELEMIS river, GOUVES lagoons and the adjacent gorge. Species that can be seen at these places are: Migrants and breeding birds. Species include: Black-eared Wheatear; Black-winged Stilt; Buzzard; Garganey; Greater Flamingo; Griffon Vulture; Kestrel; Little Crake; Little Egret; Little Stint; Northern Wheatear; Purple Heron; Richard`s Pipit; Short-toed Lark; Sociable Plover; Stonechat; Woodchat Shrike; and Wood Sandpiper. Optional visits: Malia arch. Site, Boutari winery, Cretan Aquarium
DAY 3 Lassithi – Ierapetra: This day we will travel to Knossos archeological site and then we will head to Lassithi plateau and the Bramiana reservoir (Ierapetra) where participants can view many varieties including gulls and ducks in winter, migrating waders, birds of prey. Species include: Black-winged Stilt; Eleanora`s Falcon; Garganey; Glossy Ibis; Red-footed Falcon; Green Sandpipers; Wood Sandpipers. Optional visits: Homosapiens museum, Dikti cave, Spinalonga/Elounda
DAY 4 Zaros – Mesara: We will continue our bird watching in the region of Iraklio and more particularly in the mountain of Yiouchtas. Next stop will be the village of Zaros and its beautiful lake, before we head to the lake Faneromeni. The place attracts migratory species from Africa to Europe and vice-versa, which use them as resting places during their migration as well as other local birds. Optional visits: Festos Palace/Gortys, Voroi ethnographic museum, Matala Village
DAY 5 Rethymno – Spili: Today tour continues to the area of Rethymno and the river GEROPOTAMOS (Reed Warblers) and POTAMI dam (Grey Heron; Squacco Heron; Coots). Next stop will be the Kendros fields and the gorges of Kourtaliotiko and Kotsifou, where we can view Blue Rock Thrush; Raven; Chukar; Jackdaw; Rock Dove; Alpine Swift (Apus melba); Griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) ; and Crag Martins, Lammergeiers (Gypaetus barbatus).
DAY 6 Plakias – Preveli: We remain at the area of Rethymno and the river of Petres (Little Bittern; Squacco Heron; and occasionally Griffon Vulture). Then we head south to Plakias (Montagu`s harrier; Short-toed Larks; Spanish Sparrow; and Woodchat Shrike. The rocky places around Plakias attract Rock Doves and the rare Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) Garganey Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Chukar, Wood Pigeon, Cetti’s Warbler). Last stop for today will be Moni Preveli (Nightingales; Flycatchers; Turtle Doves; Golden Orioles; Ortolan Buntings; and Ruppell`s Warbler).
DAY 7 Imbros – Frangokastelo: The tour today start at the gorge of Imbros (2,5 hours walking) where we can view a variety of species including: Griffon Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae), Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush and Raven. After lunch we head to the south coast and the area of Frangokastelo where there is a great variety of birds (Shag, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Montagu’s Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Red footed Falcon, Kestrel, Quail, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Litle Stint, Temmicks Stint, Ruff, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull,White-winged Black Tern, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Alpine Swift, Swift, Pallid Swift, Hoopoe, Short-toed Lark, Sand Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Wood Warbler, Chifchaff, Pied Flycather, Collared Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Woodchat Shrike, Golden Oriole, Raven, Hooded Crow, Spanish Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting).
DAY 8 Agia reservoir – Akrotiri peninsula – Kourna lake: Our tour will start at one of the most important places of Crete regarding bird species, the Agia Reservoir. Over 200 bird species have been recorded at Agia including Eleonora’s Falcon, Marsh Harrier, Garganey, Little Crake, Spotted Crake, Baillon’s Crake, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, Spotted Flycatcher, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Moustached warbler, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Alpine Swift. Red-rumped Swallow, Collared Pratincole, Yellow Wagtail, Pygmy Cormorant, Black-winged Stilt, Pelicans. Next stop will be Akrotiri peninsula (Egretta garzetta, Ardea cinerea, Egretta alba, Tringa tetanus, Haematophus ostralegus, Kingfishers, Greenshank, Oystercatchers, Cormorants, Dippers, Coots) and Kournas lake (Black-necked Grebe, several species of ducks, warblers in the surrounding scrub)
DAY 9 Departure
Check also the book of Mrs Stephanie Coghlan regarding birdwatching in Crete. Click here.