Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Half day Tour - Paphos 26/03/201
We started out a Timi beach seeing a Common Buzzard enroute. There was plenty of Lesser Whitethroats in every bush and we managed to located a few Ruppell's and Eastern Subalpine Warblers among them. There wasn't much on the water aside a few Little Egrets and a Black-crowned Night Heron flying above being harassed by a hoody.
Eastern Black-eared Wheatears were absolutely everywhere again, enabling some really good views, and more Northern Wheatears had turned up.
Just as we was leaving a Little Ringed Plover flew in and we heard the call of a Spur-winged Lapwing, but was unable to see it.
We then headed to Mandria and did a quick sweep through. It was also teeming with warblers, Eastern Subalpine, Ruppell's Warbler, Lesser and Common Whitethroat and also an Eastern Oprhean Warbler. Tawny Pipit and various Wheatears were in the sand bowl as well as Hoopoe's. We also saw a Crested lark gathering nesting material and being guarded by her mate. A quail called from near us in the dense barley and Black Francolin called too from a distance.
We located a Stone Curlew showing well in the western field and a surprise Northern Lapwing flew over the car.
Next stop was Anarita Park where we got fantastic photo opportunities with a Cyprus Wheatear and also a pair of Little Owls sat next to each other. Cretzschmar's Bunting also showed well next to the car. The Great Spotted Cuckoos showed well also flying around, perching and being very vocal.
So we finished the day watching the Peregrines bring food back to their territory, and also seeing a Cyprus Scops Owl in the foothills...which more than made up for the fact the Cyprus Warblers weren't showing. A super half day tour producing a record breaking 68 species.
Chukar Partridge (a.c.cypriotes)
European Shag (p.a.desmarestii)
Peregrine Falcon (f.p.brookei)
Eurasian Stone Curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cyprus Scops Owl
Great Tit (p.m.aphrodite)
Greater Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark (g.c.cypriaca)
Eastern Orphean Warbler
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
Western Black Redstart
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Yellow Wagtail (Flava))
European Greenfinch (c.c.muehlei)