Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Half day Tour - Paphos 08/03/2019
We started at the Paphos Headland for Greater Sand Plover, seeing a very smart adult male Wheatear in the car park en-route. We arrived at the corner point, and spotted a Little Ringed Plover near the sea. The Greater Sand Plover were on the south side of the point and all in a line. Their plumage had advanced quite a bit since last seeing them, they were looking very smart. One of them seemed quite small in comparison to the others and also had a bit of an odd white eye ring, maybe a different race. A Golden Plover was staying close to them with some black on the breast starting to show. They got rattled and flew further back along the coast and joined a single Turnstone. As we walked back we was treated to great close views of Red-throated Pipit, some with great plumage, and also a Corn Bunting landed next to us and foraged through the vegetation some meters away. I heard a Great Spotted Cuckoo call from the archaeological grounds, and soon enough I managed to locate it and get it on the scope. Then a Red-rumped Swallow flew low over us providing great views, result!
Our last site was anarita park for Finsch's Wheatear, which we got great views of and also the Little Owl posed nicely on the rocks and we had another fly by infront of us. We got some great views of Cyprus Warbler, both male and female, though we couldn't locate the chukar that were calling. We did get a great view of a Sling-tailed agama sunning itself on a rock.
A very productive half day tour totaling 51 Species.
(h) Chukar Partridge
Eurasian Golden Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Western Black Redstart