Thursday 1 August 2019


Myrtos Beach on the north-western coast of the Island.
A week's family break on the Ionian Greek Island of Kefalonia - a beautiful place and brilliant family destination, but only 29 bird species seen so not recommended for birding. Loved it all the same, as did Lu and the kids.

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

3cy Yellow-legged Gull

Violet Dropwing - by far the most fantastic dragonfly I've ever seen, and a constant companion in the resort swimming pool.

Juvenile Red-rumped Swallow.

'Continental' Swallowtail - other species seen on the Island - Scarce Swallowtail, Wall Brown, Orbed Red Underwing Skipper, Mallow Skipper, Common Blue, Painted Lady, Southern Comma, Large White, Eastern Bath White, Eastern Wood White, Clouded Yellow, Geranium Bronze, Cleopatra, Long-tailed Blue and Southern White Admiral.
Scarce Swallowtail

Spotted Flycatcher

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Mallow Skipper

Orbed Red Underwing Skipper
Showing underside of underwing.

Geranium Bronze on Geranium.

Cicada - providing a constant background noise on Kefalonia and occasionally mistaking me for a tree.

Juvenile Woodchat Shrike.

Alpine Swift

Pallid and Alpine Swifts.

Red-veined Darter

Southern Comma - a tatty individual.

Juvenile Eastern Black-eared Wheatear.

Eastern Wood White

Red-veined Darter (female)

Red-veined Darter (male).

Eastern Subalpine Warbler

Pale Shoulder

Eastern Bath White

Clouded Yellow


Graphosoma semipunctata

Short-toed Eagle being harangued by a Sparrowhawk.

Long-tailed Blue minus the long tails.

Woodchat Shrike


Cetti's Warbler

Red-rumped Swallow

Painted Ladies were numerous on the island - this one a strikingly pale one.

Wall Brown

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

2cy Yellow-legged Gull

Codophila varia

Sardinian Warbler - female above, male below. Very common everywhere we went but a nightmare to photograph.

Woodchat Shrike

Metacrambus carectellus

Dolicharthria metasialis

Jay - pretty much the only 'corvids' we saw except for a tiny number of Hooded Crows. Otherwise it was Collared Doves and House Sparrows that predominated.


Gleaming Wave Idaea obsoletaria

Loggerhead Turtle - several of these watched in Argostoli Harbour - a famous site that attracts the crowds. One of the holiday highlights was watching these huge animals cruising around the fishing boats at point blank range. The kids loved these too.

Juvenile Bee-eater.
Assos Village


  1. Some nice stuff there. The shieldbugs are Graphosoma semipunctata + Codopjila varia.

  2. Sorry a typo- should be Codophila!

  3. Magic - thank you so much 'conehead54'! I've amended the blog. Thought C.varia was particularly smart - incredible, haunting skull pattern on back. Thanks again, your help is really appreciated.
    All the best.