Feathered wings on Ikaria?

Finishing up a splendid 2 week vacation on the Greek island of Ikaria (2nd time here), which is simply an enchanted – but very unusual – place.

Tradition has it that Icarus, the son of Daedalus (who created the Labyrinth for Minos), when the two escaped from Crete using wings that Daedalus created, Icarus flew too close to the sun, and he plummeted into the sea near this island – and was buried here. I despite looking all over, I did not see any evidence of his wings…

On the other hand, although there are surprisingly few birds on the island (wonder if this is due to hunting?), I did get to see a very nice Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo – sometimes known as the “Great Cormorant”) sitting on a rock right near the house we were staying in – so I imagined that perhaps those were how Daedalus’ wings looked like…

Cormorant on Ikaria


2 thoughts on “Feathered wings on Ikaria?

  1. Ioannis Vlachos

    Dear professor, I appreciated very much both your photo of …winged Ikaros and your commentary. Do you mind if I send them to some friends of mine in the island to reproduce them in a local magazine?
    Best regards from Arcadia, Greece


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