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It is true that lovely Crete has still a plentiful and wide variety of beautiful birds. Crete is located at the crossroads of three continents (Europe, Asia, Africa) therefore Crete hosts thousands of migratory and rare birds in its wetlands and other areas every year.

Crete is one of the main flypast routes for species they wintered in East Africa, but breed in eastern and northern Europe.

They migrate every spring up the Nile Valley, and then move across the eastern Mediterranean, often in huge numbers. This happens from mid-March to mid-May, depending on the species and the weather. The return migration in autumn is less spectacular because it is less concentrated in time, but still worth watching out for.

Moreover, more than 412 different bird species have been identified in Crete to date, most migratory, thus birding in Crete is one of the most common activities. There are a few endemics that breed on the island. 

The great thing about birdwatching in Crete is that, if you pick your time right, you can see both resident and migratory species.

In addition, the inaccessible mountains of Crete create a paradise for birds of prey, including healthy populations of Griffon and Bearded vulture, Golden eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, Booted eagle and Eleonora’s falcon, as well as a variety of many other birds.

 

Itinerary

Our trip … typically starts at around 08.00 am and will be back around 17.00 pm. 

Depending on the season and the weather conditions we will choose to head towards:

Kamares and the Potamon dam – option A : Through this route we visit the southern foothill of Psiloritis passing by the Amari valley. The high cliffs above Kamares are home to Bearded vultures, Griffon vulture colonies, as well as a variety of eagles and falcons. The Potamon dam, at the estuary of Patsos gorge, creates a rich wetland for aquatic birds and raptors.

- Kourtaliotis gorge and the coast of Triopetra – option B : Kourtaliotis river works its way through a long gorge to Preveli beach, meeting the endemic palm forest, whilst the Kotsifos river crosses a parallel gorge to connect with the south coast at Plakias. Triopetra is a coastal habitat comprised of big sand dunes, rocky cliffs and a river wetland, making its way through olive groves and reed clusters. During the day we’ll explore the different habitats and there will be a possibility for swimming and relaxation by the sea.

 

Price 

135.00 Euros per person

 

Duration 

Total duration : 7 hours 

 

Walking Distance

short walks

 

Ascent / descent

max 100m / 100m

 

Difficulty

no difficulty

 

Book

For more info and reservations please contact us: reservations@cretetravel.com

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