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BIRDWATCHING THE KALAMAS DELTA

A flock of egrets is flying low against the hill. Some more Little Egrets, I think and pay no further notice. But, passing numerous Red-backed Shrikes, Western Yellow Wagtails and a herd of sheep among tussocks of long grasses, I remember those egrets. Could they possibly be…? I am checking the grass for any flash of white and soon my suspicion is confirmed: Cattle Egrets! This species is still uncommon in the Balkans and despite the recent spread, Kalamas is the most reliable site for it in Greece...

Recommendation To be properly explored, the Kalamas area requires one full day – or even a day and the next morning, and if you are staying at the island of Corfu (Igoumenitsa is the ferry port for the island) or in the resort town of Parga, further south, it may be worth devoting a day to this area.

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