Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Paphos + Akrotiri 11/02/2019
Heading through the Sewage Plant we saw many Spur-winged Lapwing with one providing great photo opportunities. The Grey wagtail was showing well too, as was a large group of various finches (chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, serin and spanish sparrow) and a very showy woodlark singing away. We got a single cattle egret on the far western entrance.
Moving on to Anarita Park we located a Peregrine Falcon on a pylon, Little Owl on its nesting boulder and 2 male Finsch's Wheatear, the latter showing well quite close on some Spiny Shrub. We couldn't locate the Blue Rock Thrush but got cracking views of Cyprus Warbler, which showed out in the open often for long periods. There was a few more Cyprus Warblers that had arrived in the area since my last visit. Chukar Partridge were plenty calling away and sitting on nearby rocks throughout the site.
We were quick to find a Laughing Dove and a recently arrive Eurasian Hoopoe ... my first of the year. An Isabelline Wheatear was showing well near the picnic site, another lifer for Jimmy.
Our next site was Zakaki in Akrotiri. En-route we came across a few Common Buzzards along the motorway.
Arriving at Zakaki it seemed very devoid of life and the wind had picked up. I heard a few Eurasian Penduline Tit but we was unable to find them.
We moved on to Ladie Mile quickly where 4 Greater Flamingo were feeding and the large group of gulls were settled. We had quite a few Slender-billed Gulls among the Black-headed Gulls and a pair of young Mediterranean Gulls. Behind the restaurant we found quite a few Armenian Gulls of all ages but no Caspian Gulls this time around.
Our next stop was Phassouri Marsh where we ate our lunch in the hide and watched the Marsh Harriers hunting. I got a fleeting glimpse of a Common Kingfisher here but Jimmy didn't manage to get on it quick enough. A group of 5 Northern lapwings flew in from the east and landed in one of the concealed pools which held some Common Teal that were put up by the Marsh harriers from time to time.
After we finished our lunch we headed to the Kensington Cliffs where a Griffon Vulture was seen on entry. It landed in a pine tree and stripped a branch and carried it back to the nest. The only other bird of note here was some pure Rock Doves.
Western Marsh Harrier
Eurasian Golden Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Eurasian Penduline tit (h)
Cetti's Warbler (h)
European Robin (h)
Western Black Redstart