Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD 8 Day Tour 07-14/04/2018 Lower Paphos, Upper Paphos, Akamas, Paphos Forest, Akrotiri & Limassol X2, Larnaca, Agia Napa & Famasgusta.
We managed 56 species for the day.
Unfortunately the Paphos headland was locked due to Easter which was an unnecessary inconvenience causing a change of plans and reducing our chances of getting some species.
We managed 52 species.
At neo chorio we was treated to Serin quite close with some in display and also Cyprus Wheatear in display. I managed to locate a Creztschmar's Bunting calling which we all had great views of. Androlikou held some waders due to the downpour, common snipe and green sandpiper. Masked Shrike were around as was Common Cuckoo, Roller and a goat giving birth.
Moving on to the Paphos forest we came across a masked shrike that allowed very close observation. In the forest itsely we saw a Mouflon family with a newborn calf.
We managed 53 species for the day.
We managed 76 species for the day.
Heading back in to Larnaca we stopped at Achna Dam which had a Goshawk present being mobbed by Barn Swallow and then at the salt lake to view the Slender-billed Gull incase they migrated before our day in Larnaca.
We managed 75 species.
We managed to get phenomenal views of the rare WP 1st Ocularis White Wagtail at Phassouri which was meters from us in a tree. We got incredible and lengthy views of a male Pallid Harrier hunting on the salt pans, something Mark really wanted to see. On the Salt Lake we got incredible views of the unique part-mellanistic Greater Flamingo as well as enormous numbers of waders including some black-tailed godwit, some breath-taking views of Black Francolin calling out meters from the car for a decent amount of time and a brief view of an Eastern Montpellier Snake dashing infront of the car. We had many Ortolan Bunting, a Common Redstart showed very well as did European Roller, Red-backed Shrike and Woodchat Shrike.
A fantastic day totaling 78 species.
We managed 69 species for the day and brought the total number of species to 131, with much of the island covered with some great scenery and historical sites, some great flora and fauna and great company.
Some species did evade us that I usually have no trouble in finding and put it down to site disturbance (of which it seems there was many groups out this year walking through the sites) i.e Whinchat, Eastern Bonelli's Warbler, Wood Warbler, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Greater Sand Plover, Armenian Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Wryneck, Common Quail, Isabelline Wheatear and Lesser Kestrel.
Chukar Partridge (a.c.cypriotes)
Western Cattle Egret
European Shag (p.a.desmarestii)
Peregrine Falcon (f.p.brookei)
Western Marsh Harrier
(h) Water Rail
(h) Eurasian Stone Curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cyprus Scops Owl
Eurasian Jay (g.g.glaszneri)
Coal Tit (p.a.cypriotes)
Great Tit (p.m.aphrodite)
Greater Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark (g.c.cypriaca)
Barn Swallow (inc. transitiva sb.sp)
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
(h) Willow Warbler
Eurasian Wren (t.t.cypriotes)
Dorothy's (Short-toed) Treecreeper (c.b.dorothye)
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
White Wagtail (inc. Ocularis sbsp.)
Yellow Wagtail (inc flava, thunbergi, feldegg, beema sbsp.)
European Greenfinch (c.c.muehlei)
Red Crossbill (l.c.guillemardi)
*= only seen well enough to ID (or photographed) by the guide.