Showing posts from June, 2019

An eye on Kefalonias Wildlife

Last week I had a family holiday on the Greek island of Kefalonia. It is situated off the coast of mainland Greece in the Ionian sea. Its an absolutely beautiful Island that is surrounded by a stunning sea that is all kinds of shades of blue. At times its quite simply breathtaking.

The Island is very mountainous and dry. Kefalonia lies on a major fault line and has been the subject of some major earthquakes. Notably an earthquake in 1953 practically raised every building to the ground with the exception of a town in the far North of the Island.
This was my second visit to the Greek island and I was hoping to keep an eye out for any wildlife that showed up. 
On my previous visit to Lixouri and Agostoli I was lucky enough to see some Brown and Red-Backed Shrike, Red-Rumped Swallows , a Logger Head Turtle and some great species of insects - most notably cicadas. This year we stayed at Agia Efimea, a small coastal town with its own harbour that is situated in the North-East of the Island.…

The storm brings the manximum number of birds

For the last three years I have been trying to get out on a boat off the Skomer coast to see Manx Shearwaters. Each year I have booked an "evening  seabird spectacular" with Dale Sailing. The trip is a 2 hour boat cruise on the iconic Dale Princess that departs from Martins Haven, Pembrokeshire. Unfortunately in previous years every trip has been cancelled due to extreme weather. Summer storms have caused havoc with my scheduling and caused huge disappointment.
I am not a person that gives up  easily though- neither are my birding pals Nicola Johns and Paul Joy.

Our 2019 birding trip to Pembrokshire had started badly. On Wednesday my car we had been travelling in decided to die on us after a breakfast stop - a suspected cam belt failure resulting in the RAC ( who were great) recovering us back to Gwent. Thankfully Nicola stepped up to the task and took over the driving duties and did us proud. She got us to Pembroke by the evening. Despite the set back the "three amigo…