Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Paphos & Akrotiri 05/04/2019
We set out from Kallepia to Episcopi. Cyprus Scops Owl was a target species and sure enough we saw a pair at a roost providing lovely photo opportunities of both with no obstruction, a perfect start.
After we was satisfied we moved on to Anarita Park. Plenty of Corn Bunting and Eastern Black-eared Wheatear were on show again as were many Spanish Sparrows and an increase in Cyprus Wheatears.
Anarita Masts held little aside many Hoopoes, the Red-throated Pipits were either concealed or had moved on.
Our next stop was Mandria for a quick toilet and coffee break. As we drunk our coffee we watched the many hirundine species above and also a pair of Laughing Doves calling to each other for a lengthy period.
Mandria beach seemed to be pretty devoid of life, we did manage an Isabelline Wheatear here though and a European Shag, many Black Francolin were calling though we didn't manage to see one.
We then set off to the Akrotiri peninsular.
Our first stop was Zakaki marsh where a Eurasian Bittern flew across the road not far from us, a great first bird to see! Many Reed Warbler were showing and in song and we also managed to pick out some Sedge Warbler singing and a Savi's Warbler reeling. A Male Little Crake showed at times and a spotted crake that we flushed. A Black-crowned Night Heron showed very close to us partly concealed in the reeds and a Little Egret flew up. As we was leaving a Little Bittern called and flew up into the reeds.
Across the road we came across a Squacco Heron showing nicely though not fully in breeding plumage. A Wood Sandpiper allowed us to get close views.
Around the port we saw many Northern and Black-eared Wheatears and a small party of Greater Short-toed Larks (Target species). Behind the Restaurant we had Armenian, Caspian and Yellow-legged Gull. Ladies Mile had little on the water aside a few Greater Flamingo and Little Egret. On the shrub side we had a Masked Shrike and a Whinchat but no waders on the concealed pools.
I'd heard about a group of various flycatchers that had been seen the previous day at the entrance to Bishop's Pool. We had a look around but was unsuccessful in finding any. Though we did see Eastern Bonelli's Warbler and a few bits on the lake.
We managed to spot a Blue Rock thrush and Common Redstart at the church side of the Gravel Pits.
The pools at the back didn't have as much as usual. A Greenshank and a few Marsh Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper and Ruff. Yellow Wagtails were feeding on the ground here but in very small numbers. Behind the pool there was a Woodchat shrike and a Marsh Harrier flew overhead.
Western Marsh Harrier
Spotted Crake (fleeting Glimpse)
Little Ringed Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cyprus Scops Owl
Greater Short-toed Lark
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear