Looking up are things

(Κοινή) Γερακίνα “Common Buzzard”


Those who spend time out of doors might find themselves focusing or trying to focus their eyes once in once in a while on things in the sky. On warm clear evenings like last night’s there is the starry sky of which Ptolemy wrote:

“I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia” .

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But there is also the busy daytime sky which holds different wonders for those willing to cast their senses upward. The solitary or paired Common Buzzards (“Κοινή” Γερακίνα – koini Gerakina) note their location with a distinctive cry as their long wings keep them aloft in their search for food. (the one in the photo had its eye on FiFi.

At other times the (relative) silence is disturbed as pairs of military jets (F-16s) on training flights blast over the island from somewhere on their way to somewhere. The other day this fairly regular event differed from the usual in that the pair was (clearly with the naked eye) chasing a smaller flying thing. I needed a few extra seconds to shoot a photo and by then the trio was so far away that what you see in the photo was what the camera finally saw. I am assuming that a target drone (manned remotely by someone on the ground) was the third aircraft. Unmanned target drones or decoys are a part of military aviation training elsewhere so why not here since Greece is part of the NATO (US made) arms buying club.

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2 thoughts on “Looking up are things

  1. Ironically the F-16, a small fighter jet and currently the pride of the Hellenic Air Force’s air defenses, has elsewhere been transformed into an “unmanned aerial vehicle” (drone or decoy) used to train people flying newer, better, and more expensive aircraft.

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