Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD 5 day Tour 23-27/03/2018
The weather was dusty (Sands of Egypt and the Middle East) for most of the days with some high winds, making much of it quite a challenge.
Day one was situated in the lower Paphos sites. The highlights of the day included a large group of Spur-winged lapwings singing and displaying with a Eurasian Stone Curlew not too far away possibly sitting on an egg.
A male and female Desert Wheatear were still lingering around allowing close views and photo opportunities, and a lone injured Woodlark was present.
We was treated to a migrating flock of Garganey closely followed by a mixed flock of little and cattle egret and a lone juvenile Pallas' Gull.
The Laughing Dove were displaying/in song. Great photo opportunities were to be had with Red-throated Pipit and Red-rumped Swallow were coming down for nesting clay. But the star bird was a Cream-coloured Courser spotted earlier in the day by a local birder which showed well allowing decent photo opportunities from a coastal path.
We managed 55 species of bird, 7 species of butterfly including Eastern Dappled White and our Endemic Paphos Blue, 9 species of notable flora and 3 lizards, 2 of which are endemic.
We also had Garganey nearby on the ground and some Glossy Ibis feeding. There seemed to have been a fall of wheatears, Northern, Isabelline and Eastern Black-eared were everywhere.
The day was quite overcast and there was periods of rain and strong winds making the day a little bit difficult. Due to this the Salt Lake was not accessible and another site was closed and so we missed out on some species.
Though we still managed 61 species of bird, 18 species of notable flora of which 7 are endemic and 5 orchids. 2 Butterfly species and 1 Dragonfly.
The star bird of the day was a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater sat nearby for a very long period of time. We managed 79 species of bird, 3 Dragonfly species and an Arum.
encounter with a Cretzschmar's Bunting singing and feeding just meters from us. Due to the platform it was feeding pretty much eye level with us.
We encountered a male Grey Wagtail singing, Dorothy's Short-toed Treecreepers provided fairly decent views as did the Coal Tits. The star birds here was a pair of Masked Shrikes that welcomed our presence close by as they went about
feeding and interacting. A surprise bird was a Hen Harrier flying over, and we also picked out quite a few Pallid Swift among the Commons. A male Goshawk provided decent but brief views flying over a dam and into some dense woodland.
We spent some time around the Botanical Garden also for some flora. Then with time left over we returned to the Akrotiri Salt lake and attempted to access the area again which had thankfully dried enough.
We managed 54 species of bird for the day and an incredible amount of notable flora which included many endemics. 5 Butterfly species including the Eastern Baton Blue, a very hard-to-find species in Cyprus that was predated by a Jumping Spider
right infront of us.
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Western Marsh harrier
Eurasian Stone curlew
Little ringed plover
Common Wood pigeon
Eurasian Collared dove
Great spotted cuckoo (h)
Greater short-toed lark
Common house martin
Eurasian reed warbler
Eastern olivaceous warbler (h)
Eastern Bonelli's warbler
Blue rock thrush
Eastern Black-eared wheatear
Dorothy's (Short-toed) treecreeper
Reed bunting (h)
Blue Hounds Tongue
Lesser Star of bethlehem
Parentucellia latifolia subsp. flaviflora
Purple rock cress
Will's Wild Onion
Spiny Golden Star
Dwarf Pansey (Viola kitaibeliana)
Chamomile (Anthemis tomentosa)
Cyprus Donkey Thistle
Shrubby Golden Drop
Sage (various species)
cyprus chamomile (Anthemis Tricolor)
Leopoldia comosa (Tassel hyacinth)
Orobanche Alba Cuprea
Banded orb weever
Jumping spider (Mogrus neglectus)
Jewel Beetles (Anthaxia (Melanthaxia) griseocuprea)
Eastern Dappled White
Eastern Baton blue
Langs short-taile blue
Schreiber's Fringe-fingered Lizard
Sling-tailed Agama Lizard
Snake eyed Lizard
Large Black Whipsnake
Egyptian Fruit Bat