Bird Watching in Chania

The island of Crete has an extraordinary reservoir of natural wildlife, including birds. There is no need to visit designated sites in order to observe many species. Spring and autumn are ideal to observe birds on their migratory routes to and from Africa and other parts of Europe, while the rainfall in winter encourages the presence of more species along streams and rivers.

Here’s a list on the birds of Crete and their photos: www.cretewww.com/birds/list.htm


One of only two freshwater lakes on the entire island, Lake Agia is a manmade lake in the Northwest of Crete.
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NGA offers an abundance of various tours and guided holidays – everything from botany walks and bird-watching tours to skydiving and scuba diving. Tailor made itineraries are developed to suit every individual and every outdoor sport.
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Just south of the town of Georgioupolis is the lake of Georgioupolis which is home to a number of different species of birds such as Herons, the Black-winged Stilt, Waders, various species of Ducks and Geese, as well as Coots and the Great Reed Warbler.
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Again regarded specifically as a hiking site, the Imbros Gorge is a fantastic natural habitat for a variety of birds including the Raven, the Griffon Vulture, the Falcon and the Alpine Swift.
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Set amongst a stunning backdrop of mountains Lake Kournas is the only natural freshwater lake in all of Crete and covers an area of approximately 579,000 square meters and is only 22.5 meters at its deepest point. Home to different species including Herons, Cormorants, Ducks, and Warblers.
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Generally regarded for its fantastic hiking, the White Mountains provide an ideal habitat for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts looking for species of large birds like Eagles and Vultures, the Golden Eagle and the Red-Billed Chough.
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