Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Tour - Paphos + Akrotiri 19/05/2019
We started in the Foothills of Paphos for Black-headed Bunting of which we got many singing and some low down over the vin yards.
We dropped down to Minthis where a Hoopoe had a large Mole cricket in its beak on an olive tree presumably about to feed young but alerted to our prescense so we moved on so-as not to disturb its important duty.
On the Minthis track we had a nice male Cretzschmar's Bunting in song and calling close by in a shrub but sadly an unfavourable light angle for great photos.
Next we dropped down to Episkopi where we had a single young Peregrine Falcon sitting high on the rocks. In the valley we had great views and photo opportunities of Eastern Olivaceous Warbler that were flycatching on the tracks grassy edges and a very inquisitive Sardinian Warbler that was at times on the ground right next to the car. Here we also had Turtle Doves, Rollers, Cyprus Wheatear and a Spotted Flycatcher as well as many finch species.
Our last stop in Paphos was Anarita Park for Little Owl. One was sitting above a boulder which we got great photo ops with and a pair of Red-rumped swallows flew low and close.
We then headed to Akrotiri with Little Bittern in mind. We went to an area of the salt lake where Little Bittern are presumed to be nesting and sat nearby in the car. After a lengthy wait both the male and female showed well catching fish. Eleonora's Falcon showed above the car briefly and Serin, Goldfinch and Reed Warbler came down to the water with chaffinch and bee-eater calling nearby.
Ladies Mile had Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover and a few Curlew Sandpiper but no sign of the Broad-billed Sandpipers that were present recently. Little Tern were still plenty.
Our last stop was Kensington Cliffs where we had lengthy views of a Griffon Vulture on the cliff edge, Alpine Swifts, a 2nd year Peregrine Falcon and Eleonora's Falcons both flying at eye level and a few Shags on the far rocks bringing our day total to 56 species and all attainable targets met.
Chukar Partridge (A.c.cypriotes)
Peregrine Falcon (F.p.brookei)
Common Ringed Plover
Great Tit (P.m.aphrodite)
Crested Lark (G.c.cypriaca)
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
European Greenfinch (C.c.muehlei)