Birdwatching, Kimolos

On the coastal cliffs of Polyaigos, Eleonora’s falcons (Falco eleonorae) build their nests. This falcon winters in Madagascar, while in the spring it migrates to the Mediterranean in order to breed. The young birds leave their nest at the beginning of August. It is estimated that 75% of the world population nests in the islands of the Aegean. The fate of this threatened bird of prey, therefore, is in our hands!

On the cliffs along the coasts of the two islands, nests of the shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis), known also as “kalikatsou” are common. You may see this bird standing on the rocks in the sun with open wings to dry itself, or plunging into the sea, its long neck extended, to catch fish.

A rare species of eagle, the Bonelli’s Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus) nests on the heights of Polyaigos. While not classified as endangered on a world scale, its population is decreasing continuously and in Greece the number of recorded nesting pairs does not exceed 100. The Peregrine (falco peregrinus) and the Long legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) are also common on the two islands. Finally, particularly during the spring migration, several species of aquatic birds can be seen in small wetland areas.

Source: Kimolos High school environmental team (http://gym-kimol.kyk.sch.gr/english/index.htm)

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