Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Paphos & Akrotiri 11/03/2018
We had fantastic views of Spur-winged Lapwings feeding in the freshly cut field and also one in the road. Plus there was huge numbers of Red-throated Pipits present, with one calling in a group on the wires overhead. A newly arrived Eurasian Hoopoe provided superb views, sometimes less than 4 meters close to the car. A nice surprise here was a male Ruppell's Warbler sitting in the top of a bramble bush, spotted by Rosy. It was very showy, sitting very close to the car for over 4 minutes.
Next stop was Anarita Park where the Corn Buntings were in song, some meters from the car. A Blue Rock Thrush provided good scoped views for over 10 minutes and the Little Owl was on show also. A pair of Cyprus Warblers stole the show here, a male and female drying off after a bath in close proximity. We also managed to locate 2 more Male Cyprus Warblers, one was in display flight briefly. Many Endemic Paphos Blue butterflies were on the wing here as well as Wall Brown, Large White, Small White, Eastern Dappled White, Painted Lady, Swallowtail, Clouded Yellow and Orange Tip. We also saw a few an Endemic Chamomile (Tristhemis Tricolor) in flower too.
There was quite a few Isabelline and Northern Wheatears present around the sand pit, as well as quite a few Tawny Pipit and the huge flock of Greenfinch that has been around for some time. A Bluethroat had been seen at the picnic site just before our arrival as well as an Eastern Subalpine Warbler, but unfortunately neither would show for us. A lone Shag was on the rocks out at sea and some Yellow-legged Gulls in the distance.
We then had a quick drive around Timi beach which had little to offer considering how busy it was with locals. A few Skylark were seen flying over as well as a Greater Short-toed Lark...plus a few yellow-legged Gull on rocks out at sea accompanied by a Caspian Gull.
On the other side we were treated to another Hoopoe and another Greater Short-toed Lark flew over. Sadly no raptors on the ground here this time around.
The Gravel Pits held very little, though we did not cover much of it due to time management. We did have a quick look at the orchid patch which had our Endemic Ophrys Kotshyi, Endemic Ophrys Astarte, Ophrys Iricolor, Orchis Morio, Ophrys Umbilicata, Himantoglossum Robertinum and also some freshly emerging Orchis Fragrans.
We then moved on to Lady's Mile stopping on the salt flats on the way to see a small party of Kentish plover and a quick scope through the Greater Flamingos. Again there was not much on the lakes aside a small party of Black-winged Stilts. Near the port we was lucky that the gulls decided to land from the fish farm, a nice assortment of Black-headed Gulls, Caspian, Armenian, yellow-legged and a few juvenile and adult Slender-billed Gulls. We was rudely disturbed here by some locals who walked to the waters edge and flushed the gulls and so we did not stick around .. like the gulls. An unfortunate common occurrence here. A Hen Harrier was hunting near the salt lake and a few small flocks of Linnet and Greenfinch were feeding on the outskirts.
Zakaki marsh held very little so we did not spend much time here, as we departed the area back to Paphos we had some great views of a Marsh Harrier in flight.
A great tour with some superb views totaling 62 species.
Black francolin (h)
Western Marsh harrier
Common Wood pigeon
Eurasian Collared dove
Greater short-toed lark
Common house martin
Blue rock thrush
European robin (h)
Western Black redstart
Eurasian penduline tit (h)
Spanish sparrow (h)