According to an announcement of the Hellenic Ornithological Society a female falcon has, for the third consecutive year, returned to the Greek island of Antikythira from her wintering area in Madagascar!
Departing from the northwest of Madagascar, the falcon crosses the ocean non-stop to the coast of continental Africa, landing either in Mozambique or, if the tailwinds are favourable, further up on Zanzibar Island.
The route continues towards the north, passing over Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, crossing then the Red Sea.
The 26- days-journey then continues above the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula and once the latitude of the Aegean Sea is reached, the falcon makes her final turn westward, landing then on the Greek island of Antikythira.
Antikythira, 20.43 square km is a Greek island between Crete and Peloponnese, lying about 35 km southeast of Kythira. During the tourist season there is a ferry route from Kissamos, West Crete, to Kythira and Antikythira.