Bird Watching - Wetlands
On the steep cliffs of mount “Kochylas” and to the nearest small islands make nests the Mavropetritis (Falco eleonorae), a migratory hawk, which is globally the specie of endangered.
Skyrosis the largest colony of Eleonora worldwide with more than 1,000 couples of them. This hawk comes in Skyros in April and late of October.
The wetlands of the island, as “Kalamitsa” and “Palamari”, are important places for aquatic migratory birds like:
- The Kalamokirkos (marsh harrier),
- Mavrokirkinezo (red-footed falcon),
- The purple heron,
- The squacco heron
- The niktokokoras
Also the wetlands offer valuable habitat once for other native animals such as water- turtles, etc.
On the uninhabited small-islands around Skyros and Skyropoula- island protected seabirds live and reproduce such as:
- Artemis (Calonectrisdiomedea),
- Mychos (Puffinusyelkouan),
- Aigaioglaros (Larus audouinii) and
- Thalassokorakas (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii).
Bird watching Tours in Skyros
The first organized group of visitors for the observation of Skyros bird watching come from Great Britain and together with Phil Knott who specialises in creating ecotourism routes, visited Skyros from 27 April to 4 May 2013. Mavropetritis (Falcons), seabirds, herons, egrets, Black-winged Stilt, kestrels, bee-eater, and dentrospourgitia are some of the many species recorded.The visitors left with the best impressions regarding the species of birds observe. They also wishes Skyros to remain as it is, to maintain its natural wealth and be an important ecotourism destination.