Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Akrotiri 12/02/2019
Moving on to Ladies Mile we had great views of a small group of Greater Flamingo, they were sleeping at first but were woken up by a helicopter passing over. There was hundreds of Black-headed Gulls on show but we couldn't find any slender-billed gulls among them, which was odd as there was an increase in numbers of them the previous day. Behind the restaurant we had great close views of Armenian and Caspian Gull plus a single Yellow-legged Gull.
Moving closer to the salt lake an Isabelline Wheatear showed well and a small group of Serin and Linnet were feeding on the ground next to it.
Species were thin on the lake, only Ferruginous Duck, Common Teal, Common Coot, Little Grebe and a few Mallard. A Water rail called and climbed up the bank showing very briefly. Reed Warbler and Moustached Warbler were moving in the reeds here.
A quick check of the gravel pits didn't produce any birds but we did see many Himantoglossum Robertianum and Ophrys Iricolor here.
We decided to eat our lunch at the Phassouri Marsh hide as it was raining quite heavily at this point. There we saw many Teal and a Ferruginous duck as well as a Marsh Harrier and fleeting glimpse of a Common Kingfisher. Penduline Tits were calling but we couldn't manage to see any.
As we left the area we had a Common Buzzard perched eye level on a fence meters from the car which surprisingly didn't fly off straight away.
Our next destination was the Kensington Cliffs. As we arrived, a migrating flock of Great Cormorant were passing overhead. Shags were on the rocks and we managed scoped views of Griffon Vultures perched on the cliffs which were not flying much, probably due to the weather. We tried our luck going in land for Cyprus Warbler and hopefully some early migrants but the weather wasn't very accommodating and nothing was showing.
We finished the day with 56 species.
Western Marsh Harrier
Water Rail (h)
Eurasian Penduline tit
European Robin (h)
Western Black Redstart