Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Paphos + Akrotiri 10/04/201
We started out at Phassouri Marsh where Serins greeted us at the entrance which we later got better views of. The main hide wasn't rich with life, a Great Reed Warbler was singing in the reeds behind and a Squacco Heron and Little Egret plus a Glossy Ibis were feeding in the distance. The center reeds have grown considerably making views of the pool difficult. A few Garganey were moving about but very hard to get a view.
At the last water body there was a very large flock of Glossy Ibis with many Ruff and Wood Sandpiper feeding. Snipes were heard and seen frequently.
The Rabbit Shed pool was full of life. The best birds we had here were two Collared Pratincoles, a pair of Spur-winged Lapwing and a Pair of Marsh Sandpiper. A Spotted Redshank and Greenshank were present too along with many Little Ringed Plovers being very vocal and mobile. A Purple Heron flew in from the reedbed and landed, a welcome sight.
We then headed to the first hide at Phassouri where Simon spotted a male Little Crake which we all got brief views of moving through the dense vegetation.
After a quick stop at the Environmental Center and viewing the Greater Flamingo on the Salt Lake doing their courtship dance we headed to ladies Mile which was very quiet concerning passerines and waders. We didn't spend long here and proceeded to Kensington Cliffs where the Griffon Vultures unfortunately didn't show.
We then returned to Paphos and only Simon stayed on for the other half of the tour. We headed to Agia Varvara and managed to locate all 3 crake species (Little, Spotted and Baillon's Crake). We then had a quick pass through Anarita Park which produced little aside a Blue Rock Thrush, Common and Great Spotted Cuckoo. We passed through Episkopi (seeing many Cyprus Wheatears en route) up to Minthis Hills to get Cretzschmar's Bunting, a target species. Sure enough we found one feeding meters from the car. On our way back down we stopped at a Cyprus Scops Owl roost and got great views of one. We then dropped down and watched the Peregrine Falcon pair feeding.
We managed 87 species for the day and Simon walked away with many lifers.
List of Species:
Little Ringed Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cyprus Scops Owl
(h)Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Eastern Bonelli's Warbler
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear