|Hellenic Ornithological Society Information Kiosk on the Pier, Pylos area, Peloponnese|
|The view from the hide|
The photo above shows our first view of this magnificent lagoon. There were Little Egret in abundance. I think one may be 'touching down' in the water to the left of the photo.
|You can just see the hide on stilts (look below the mountain)|
The guided walk took us along the banks of the lagoon to the hide on stilts.
|The Old Pumping Station - a wildlife H.Q. and Information centre|
We returned to our starting point, here at the Old Pumping Station, just as the sun set, casting a fiery glow over the scene. I will post my sunset pictures on another occasion.
|A Black Stork over the lagoon, taken by David|
The lagoon often has flamingos, but they were not around during the week we were there. We were thrilled, however, to see a Black Stork flying overhead - and glad to have the H.O.S. volunteers to confirm the identification. I had seen Storks in Turkey a long time ago, but it was a real thrill to see this bird in such a stunning setting. I'm wondering if it was on its hibernation route to tropical Africa.
We were on the mainland in the western Peloponnese, but there are other amazing areas for birds, such as the island of Lesvos. I wonder if you saw the repeat of a fascinating programme, 'Aristotle's Lagoon' (and here - but 11 hours left to view at the time of writing), the other night on UK television, about the bio-diversity of this wildlife-rich habitat that had so inspired the early philosopher-naturalist-scientist, Aristotle?
- Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) - with recent UK sightings
- Black Stork - useful facts (British Trust for Ornithology)