These are photos of two different Ospreys taken last April at the vast wetlands of northern Greece,
Dadia national park is laying at Evros perfecture at the SE edge of Europe. This area in addition with Evros estuaries are maybe the best areas in our continent to observe raptors (and not only), as nearly all of the European species (diurnal and nocturnal) can be observed there during a year.
Aquila (clanga) pomarina (Κραυγαετός) is a summer visitor, breeding in Dadia and although declining still in Least concern category.
This species breeds in the most representative Mediterranean coastal environment.
Mountain slopes with low vegetation are usually his preference.
The males are impressively colored with this bold azure blue.
Female Marsh Harriers are the most common raptors of greek wetlands. In winter in vast wetlands there can be found dozens of them.
This is a female individual except if it’s a case of a “homosexual” male. In this species sometimes males could be very similar to females as to have an advantage by accessing the females more easily without “fighting” with the other males.
One of the more spectacular birds to watch and photograph are the Terns !
Unlike Sterna Terns, Chlidonias (here Chlidonias leucopterus-Αργυρογλάρονο) genre prefer to hunt insects or small fishes, flying smoothly with sudden changes of direction. Sometimes they dive vertically from low height above water.
Jynx torquilla (Στραβολαίμης) it’s a very distinctive Woodpecker species, as instead of the other European woodpeckers, it makes a long distance migration, coming from Africa every spring. Although it’s not a rarity, it’s always a great observation in the field and much more in an urban area.