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Eleonora’s Falcon

Eleonora's Falcon

I first spotted one of these beautiful creatures when we visited Kos, last year but couldn’t get anywhere near close enough for a halfway decent photograph!

The Eleonora’s Falcon is a migratory species that overwinters in East Africa. It won’t be long now before the adults, along with this years young, are returning to warmer climes like Madagascar.

Just spotting them can be really difficult as they soar on thermals between the rocky peaks of the mountains. I’ve had my eyes on the skies ever since we arrived and after a couple of glimpses we finally found one in range!

I think I may have literally screamed “FALCON” at Simon, who was driving along one of the “not very” paved roads, practically fell from the car to grab the camera and then swore at the bird for flying against the sun!

Thankfully she circled round and I just had a few moments to capture this image before she swept away across Mt Zini.

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Views From Mount Zini

Today is my partner, Simon’s, birthday. This is the first time he’s been away for his birthday so I left today’s activities up to him.

We’d spotted a place on the map, on the side of Mount Zini, that we felt would give us some great views across The Gulf of Kefalos.

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We stopped at several points on route to get photos of a few of our favourite views that we discovered last year.

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The volcanic island of Nisiros, which we’ll be visiting next Saturday, was an ethereal site, wreathed in mist.

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On the map the road leading around the mountain to Panaghia is marked as a “surfaced road”. More like a dirt track that possibly becomes a river in winter! Somehow our little Suzuki Alto made it through and the view really is incredible 🙂

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