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Counting the Eleonora’s Falcon

The Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae, Μαυροπετρίτης) is for sure the most abundant breeding species of the island.  In the framework of the «Conservation measures to assist the adaptation of Falco eleonorae to climate change» The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) are to conduct a census of the island breeding population. Thus Angleos, Panos and Costas (the […]

The return of the Aegean’s Ruler!

The r first Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae, Μαυροπετρίτης) has already returned to Antikythira. In a couple of weeks it will be the most common species of raptor seen here are more and more individuals will have returned to their colony.

The first Elonora’s Falcon

The first observation of Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae, Μαυροπετρίτης) for this spring! Few of them visit the colony earlier than the majority of the birds that is foraging over mainland Greece.

First Eleonora..

The first sighting of Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae today, just a few days earlier than last year. Most of the birds will disperse in mainland before their settlement to the colony during the summer.(Photo archive)

Feeding Falcons

Eleonora’s Falcons (Falco eleonorae) feeding on insects very low at dusk.

Eleonora’s Falcons

In a small islet north of Antikythira, Eleonora’s Falcons (Falco eleonorae) defending their colony from 2 Ravens ( Corvus corax).

Eleonora’s falcons are here

Eleonora’s falcons  Falco eleonorae  were observed in small numbers earlier today in the south part of the island, first observation of the year. We didn’t manage to get a picture of the birds. Enjoy the view..

Eleonora’s Falcon

Antikythira hosts one of the largest breeding colonies of Eleonora’s Falcon (F.eleonorae) globally. This medium size falcon breeds in the Mediterranean, adapted to wait for autumn migration flow of small passerines in order to feed the chicks, before departing to the wintering grounds in east Africa and Madagascar. In these photos a dark face Eleonora […]


Situated in the southernmost point of Antikythira, Apolitara’s lighthouse has shown the way for sailors since 1926. It is a very good place for observing Eleonora’s falcon (Falco eleonorae), while the one hour walk takes you through cliffs, old house ruins, and a nice view to the northwestern coast of Crete.