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Raptor count. Day 20. Booted Eagles.

After a few days of great passage, the migration has slowed down. Probably we have seen the peak of the honey buzzards on the island. From now on, less and less adults are expected to pass while the juvenile passage is going to increase.

Male Honey Buzzard, flying over our head. Photo by Petros Petrou.

Male Honey Buzzard, flying over our head. Photo by Petros Petrou.

We had today the first spotting of booted eagles: one dark and one light. Both have been seen hunting during the day and will probably roost here.

A juvenile black kite, exhausted, landed in the first afternoon only to take off a few minutes later.

Some honey buzzards showed a strange behavior, flying alone in the direction opposite to that of migration, and a juvenile has done a flyabout around the island before (apparently) leaving. Although the count has been poor, the day has been interesting.