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The Following Reports are available from the Dodecanese Islands, Greece:
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Mainland Greece
Ionian Islands: (Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakinthos)
Cyclades: (Naxos, Delphi, Santorini, Folegandros)
Dodecanese Islands: (Samos, Kos, Rhodes, Halki)
Northern Aegean: (Thasos)


Samos September 2008

  • Anne and I made a September visit to Samos to experience autumn on a Greek island. We were not disappointed with good weather, delicious food, friendly people and an interesting range of birds and butterflies....Alan Miller reports

Bee Eaters and Black Headed Buntings in Samos May 2005

  • At the beginning of the walk you see a sheer cliff face ahead and I might have hesitated if I had realised where the Convent was! We climbed up largely on a track seeing a Peregrine, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle and more Eleanora's Falcons on the way....Elaine Gathercole reports.

Samos, The valley of the Nightingales. 17 - 31 July 2003

  • More exciting were a pair of Short-toed Eagles seen displaying together.They would fly at each other,extending their talons towards each other and briefly grappling before breaking away, leaving their legs still dangling...Keith Heaven reports.

Samos June 2002

  • We have just returned from a two week holiday on Samos, we are not experts just keen birdwatchers when we have the time. This is a list of what we saw on our travels around Samos which I hope will be of some interest to you. We stayed at the Dionysos studios which was close to the Zeus appartments in Ireon...Doug and Lynda Haynes report.

Samos, Greece 3 – 10 May 2001

  • May is probably too late for the main migration but this is the earliest available date with British Tour Operators Some birds - ie. Warblers - were hard to see as they were not displaying. However some birds were just arriving - ie -Flamingos, Bee Eaters. Shrikes were very scarce compared to some reports as were raptors. This friendly island warrants further observation...John and Monica Kirby report.


Kos August 2002

  • A short report from Helen Graham

Kos 1st-12th September '96

  • Though the Island is relatively small, some fifty three different species were seen. There were many of significant interest to a birder making their first trip to this area of the Eastern Mediterranean.


Naturalist Trip to Rhodes 7th to 27th April 2003

  • The more widespread species are Crested Lark, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Hooded Crow and Sardinian Warbler. We saw 140 species of which some rarities (White-tailed Lapwing, Lesser Short-toed Lark and Trumpeter Finch, and also Spur-winged Lapwing, Little and Baillon's Crakes.....Georges Olioso reports.

Rhodes, Greece 4 to 18th May 2002

  • Despite being a family holiday I managed to get excellent views and songs of several species I'm not familiar with. We stayed at the Atrium Palace Hotel in Kalathos, just 3km north of Lindos. This was a first class hotel situated 2km south of the river Gaidouras in a very quiet location and 100m from the beach....Peter Edwards reports

Rhodes 18th – 31st October 2001

  • Late October is an ideal time to visit Rhodes. The crowds have gone, the weather (certainly while we were there ) is very pleasant and there are excellent late deals to be had. The downside from a birdwatching perspective proved to be the low number of bird species present. We certainly expected to see a reasonable number of birds we assumed to be resident. We also hoped to perhaps catch late autumn migration. We were disappointed on both counts save that in retrospect we probably caught the tail end of some migration on our first day .....John and Sue Roberts report

Rhodes May 2000

  • The first impression on the island is of numerous House Sparrows everywhere, whilst screaming Common Swifts circle at various locations. Hooded Crows will be seen with little difficulty, as will Yellow-Legged Gulls around the coastline... Nick Moss reports

Rhodes 21st - 28th April 1999

  • Despite not having any birding gen on the island I feel we did quite well, particularly as we were all suffering from hangovers most mornings! We were based in Faliraki, which is a busy resort in the northeast. We hired a car for 4 days, which cost about 40 each. Our holiday cost a mere 159 each in a 2 bedroom self-catering apartment, which was very good...Andy Wraithmell reports


Bird watching on Halki, Greece August 2005

  • Halki is a small Island Approximately 10 miles long and 5 miles wide. It is about an hour and a quarter from Rhodes...Mark Graham reports




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Some Useful bird books for the Dodecanese Islands, Greece:
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Collins Bird Guide
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  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Birding on the Greek Island of Lesvos
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  • I found this book invaluable on my visit.....The systematic list is comprehensive, listing every bird recorded on Lesvos together with detailed information on status, distribution, and occurence. The book contains a useful index to the bird species, and contains some stunning photographs taken by the author to wet the appetite.

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The Rough Guide to Greek Islands
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  • A thoroughly functional guide to the Greek Islands. There is a small section on the natural history of the Greek Islands included

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Greek Islands:
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  • This quide is not only stunningly beautiful but full of general info as well: along with the Rough Guide, DK's is absolutely essential. No other guide has so much to show you - visually. It seems incredible that so many finely rendered photographs have been included - but they have! This book is a triumph over mediocrity: it bristles with colour and light and we can only get lost in the splendour of it all.

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