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Bird Watching

Prespa National Park over the beautiful landscape and great value to the mammals that live there, is one of the most important areas in Greece and in SEE in terms of ornithological interest.

Rare species are famous bird watchers is the Argiropelekanos or Dalmatian Pelican or Pelacanus crispus, as they are known in English ororlogia, has recovered thanks to successful bird protection programs in the region and now reproduced in Prespa a significant proportion of the world population. Also in Prespa it has established the mixed colony with Rodopelakano or Great White Pelican or Pelacanus onocrotalus English terminology.

Notable is the small colony or Goosander Goosander & Mergus merganser, the southernmost european colony for this species, since it occurs primarily in northern countries. The greylag goose or Greylag Goose & Anser anser and duck or Ferruginous Duck - Aythya nyroca are two more species breeding largely in Lake Prespa.

In Prespa lake also found:

  • many species of herons (other passing on immigration and other breeding)
  • Grey Herons (Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea)
  • Porfyrotsikniades (Purple Heron - Purple Heron)
  • Egrets (Little Egret - Egretta garzetta)
  • Egrets (Great White Egret - Casmerodius albus)
  • Kryptotsikniades (Squacco Heron - Ardeolla ralloides)
  • Bitterns (Little Bittern -Ixobrychus minutus)
  • Owl (Night Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax)
  • Bittern (Bittern - Botaurus stellaris)
  • Glossy (Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus)
  • Spoonbills (Eurasian Spoonbill- Platalea leucorodia)
  • The Glossy indeed reproduced again in Prespa

The Pygmy Cormorant (Pygmy cormorant - Phalacrocorax pygmeus) is another important and numerous species.

In the reed beds of the lakes one can find the beautiful Moustakali (Bearded Reedling - Panurus biarmicus) and the difficult Valtopotamida (Marsh warbler - Acrocephalus palustris).

Regional lake and the villages and agrotodasikes areas around them, interest remains very high. From spring until late summer, Golden Oriole (Golden oriole - Oriolus oriolus) hiding in dense clusters of trees and the Bee eaters (Bee Eater - Merops apiaster) are much more easily understood with their exotic colors and a distinctive voice. Here the most special kind is Gerakotsirovakos (Barred Warbler - Sylvia nisoria) in one of the few places that played in Greece. In the rivers of the area with permanent flow is not missing the dunlin (Dipper - Cinclus cinclus).

Needless to say, around the lake and with so much food available live many species of predators, which vary depending on the season. The most important of these is the Peregrine (Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus), o Short-toed Eagle (Short toed Eagle - Circaetus gallicus), Saint (Levant Sparrowhawk - Accipiter brevipes), and of course immigration Circe as the Montagu's harrier (Montagou Harrrier - Circus pygargus).

Going higher up in the mountains of regional lakes basin, to more than 2000 meters Varnounta and Wasp (Triklario), we find other very interesting species, forest and alpine areas. Initially at low altitudes in mixed forests, remarkable is the presence of Vounofylloskopou (Eastern Bonelli "s Warbler - Phylloscopus orientalis) and  (Ficedula semitorquata). More high in konoforon woods, woodpeckers are present, including Mavros (Black Woodpecker - Dryocopus martius) and the harder Lefkonotis (White Backed Woodpecker - Dendrocopos leucotos). Important forest species passerine is Vounopapaditsa (Willow tit - Poecile montanus) and Vounodendrovatis (Certhia familiaris - Treecreeper). Above the tree line, the Pyrrokotsyfes (Rock Thrush - Monticola saxatilis), the Chrysotsichlono (Yellowhammer - Emberiza citrinella) and Vlachotsichlono (Emberiza hortulana) is probable observations. in the forest and above the tree line, with a little luck one can observe, European Honey Buzzard (Honey Buzzard - Pernis apivorus ), goshawk (goshawk - Accipiter gentilis) and the famous golden eagles (Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos).

For those who like to thoroughly explore the possible presence Dasokota (Hazel Grouse - Tetrastes Bonasia) is another incentive to visit Prespa.

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