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The village and the beach of Skala Polichnitos on the island of Lesbos in Greece

Skala Polichnitos is village situated in a wetland area a little north of Vatera Beach in the Bay of Kalloni, in the south of Lesbos. It is also an area where you can find salt pans, and big white mountains of salt rise up from the ground. Skala Polichnitos attracts great numbers of birds, even during the winter time. It is a good spot to look for the Greater Flamingo (noted to be very tame here), Great White Egret, Avocet, Black Stork, Pintail and Black-necked Grebe and many others. In addition they are the main stronghold for Redshank in Lesvos. The surrounding area can be very good for Rollers, Golden Orioles, Purple Heron, and Golden & Spur Winged Plover. On the 10th of April 2001 a concentration of more than fifty Red-throated Pipits here was impressive in a fairly poor year for the species on the island. It is also worth noting that on the 1st of May 2001 a party of more than thirty Red-footed Falcon were seen here. Nevertheless it is a fact that this area has not yet been checked out thoroughly, so it is safe to say that you could have sightings of birds that have not yet been recorded. At the centre of Polichnitos town you can view and photograph the White Stork's nest on the tall chimney of the old olive press (now converted to a theatre / conference facility). For many years now a pair of White Storks has taken up residence on the chimney, staying over even in the winter. Skala Polichnitos is a quiet village with a couple of tavernas in the harbour, colourful kaiks in the water, a couple of ramshackle houses and a beach.

Hans Huisman, 2014
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