Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Akrotiri + Paphos 25/03/2019
As we set off from Paphos to join the Motorway we was greeted with a Great Spotted Cuckoo being chased by a magpie, flying right for the car. Brief but exciting views!
Our first stop was Zakaki marsh. It was fairly quiet as far as marshland birds are concerned though we did have a tamarisk bush full of Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff, with a Cetti's showing briefly too. Around the side we were treated to a Wryneck, a bit distant and concealed at times but still a good sighting. Many Swifts and Swallows were in the Sky. We managed to pick out a few Pallid Swift and Red-rumped Swallow amongst them. A small migrating flock of Great Cormorant were seen over the eucalyptus trees. After we flushed a snipe and had brief views of Sedge Warbler and a singing Reed Warbler at the top of a reed, we moved on.
Ladies Mile was absolutely teeming with Lesser Whitethroat and Common Whitethroat. We had quite a few Ruppell's Warblers, mainly female though and a single female Eastern Subalpine Warbler. Cretzschmar's Bunting and Red-throated Pipit were near the port along with many Eastern Black-eared Wheatear. Tawny Pipit and Greater Short-toed Lark were feeding on the ground showing very close as did quite a few Hoopoes and stunning Woodchat Shrike showing close at the top of a bush.
On the water we had a Greater Flamingo and some Little Egret. But no Gulls.
On a shallow body of water we saw many Kentish Plover, with a Dunlin and some Little Stint among them.
We scouted the Salt Lake with a Black Francolin flying over the car en-route. The salt lake held many Greater Flaming and Slender Billed Gull. A small group of Greater Flamingo were courting, which was great to see.
Phassouri was more rich in life than my previous visit. A newly arrived party of Glossy Ibis were at the far west, many Cattle Egret had arrived feeding around the cattle, and a newly cut field was full of various Yellow Wagtails including a Syke's (Beema).
At the water body at the gravel pits there was many waders, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank and many Little Ringed Plover. Further in to the gravel pits we saw a Collared Flycatcher, my first black and white flycatcher for the year and an instant favourite for the day!
We then headed back to Paphos and tracked down some Laughing Doves at Mandria and some big flocks of Greater Short-toed lark and many Hoopoe and various Wheatears (mainly Black-headed).
Then on to Anarita Park for Cyprus Warbler, which showed well but distant and for brief moments due to the increase in wind. We also saw Chukar, Great Spotted Cuckoo and Little Owl here to wrap up the day managing a total of 86 species!
Little Ringed Plover
Great Spotted Cuckoo
(h)Eurasian Penduline tit
Greater Short-toed Lark
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava)