The Wildlife of the Islet of Moni -Aegina

Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Greece  , Saronic Gulf Islands,
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Permanent residents of the islet!In just a stone's throw away from Perdika and only about 3 nautical miles the small islet of Moni is a challenge.

I walk on the jetty trying to spot somebody who would drop me off to the islet and I come across the right person.

"I have to go in 20 minutes to get some tourists whom I left on the islet 2 hours ago" the boatman says.

“Wonderful then, I am coming along.  I can wait and when you are ready call me”

I return to Yianni who is already sitting at a nice restaurant.

“I am not hungry right now….I am off to Moni and I shall have something when I get back is it ok?”

“Certainly, take your time. It is so beautiful out here I can wait”

The boatman signals me and I run down the steps, and jump in the boat. I am the only passenger so I have the opportunity for some chatting.

The trip is less than 10 minutes to my relief and Andrea tells me that very soon I will see a different picture. You see, the part of the islet opposite Perdika seems dry and rocky but on the other side there is a thick pine forest.

It is great that it is so easily accessible and Andrea tells me that it has become tourists’ favourite spot. In the summer there are a few more boats doing the same route. Usually those who come here spend the whole day out here and they leave late in the afternoon after sunset. –I only wish I had the time to do this!

Splashes of water drop on my face and hands and I protect the camera. It is the only thing I have on me –not even a bag or anything. As the boat gets closer and closer I wonder if I will be lucky to see any animals at all. This is my only concern. I arrange that I will wait for an hour and then I will leave back when Andrea comes to take the other group.

As we approach we see clearly the people who are waiting for the boat standing by the coast greeting us with a wave and calling Andrea’s name. As I step off I ask them if they have seen some animals today.

“Yes, we have seen some deer earlier but they are in the wood now” somebody replies.

I step off and hurry towards the wood. I don’t have any time to lose. There are a few people here and there we exchange a few words and a group of friends sitting under the shade of some pine trees enjoy their lunch. Seeing me all alone they ask me to have a drink with them, I thank them and I explain that I have only an hour so I am off to spot some deer. I love deer and truly it is them I care to see and nothing else.

Some peacocks, which I am not very fond of –I hate their cry, is what I come across first, and then one or two other birds….like wild partridge. Not any wild goats (I think I might be scared coming across one such).  I keep walking a bit deeper in the wood although I don’t want to get too far and I have to consider the way back. If I delay I will certainly miss the boat. I am a bit scared walking all alone now but this excitement is nice and intriguing…..and suddenly I spot the first deer. I don’t want to scare it but it does not move even when I try to come closer.

What a wonderful picture.  In minutes I notice that I am surrounded by a few. What a feeling!!  

I wont write more….see the photos.

Yes, I was very lucky Andrea admitted because there are times when people coming to the islet who stay 4 and 5 hours don’t see even a single deer. I guess they are the ones who spend all their time by the beach….while I was out searching for them. Getting so close to these beautiful animals without protective walls or wires is really something.

The waters in the bay are quiet and clear while on the two sides they are rocky -they are the ones I like best. Ideal for snorkeling is the western part also and there is a pathway leading to the other side where I walked in seconds. The canteen serves drinks and snacks and offers an organized beach with umbrellas and deck chairs.

The islet retains the untamed beauty of a pristine landscape particularly as one wanders inland away from the coast to climb its rocky peaks.

I am happy that I did not need to walk too far in the wood to see what you see in the photos!

I can’t wait to return, I am SOooo Excited to tell Yianni all about it.

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