Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Akrotiri, Paphos, Famagusta + North, Troodos 4 Day Tour 29+30/09 + 01+3/10/2019
The first day we set out to Akrotiri, at Phassouri Marsh where we got great views of Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Little Egret, Common Kingfisher and also brief views of Common Snipe and Black Francolin. Many ducks were flying in and out and I managed to spot an odd one in the crowd which turned out to be a female wood duck! Obviously an escapee.
The salt lake held great numbers of Greater Flamingo and the Eleonora's Falcons were hunting here again. Slender-billed Gulls were showing again too.
Ladies Mile held small numbers of waders, Little Stint and Ringed Plover.
Bishop's Pool was unfortunately locked being a Sunday and so we ventured to the tower hide which was fairly quiet aside some groups of Honey Buzzard flying over and a lone Steppe Buzzard.
We managed 61 species for the day.
Our next stop was Mandria where we saw some Stone Curlew and a Black Francolin. We also got great views of Laughing Dove.
Next we went up to Arodes where we saw Long-legged Buzzard. We searched this site for Levantine Leopard though was unsuccessful in finding this rare butterfly. Our last stop was to see Egyptian Fruit bats at a secret cave.
We got 50 species for the day.
We managed 76 species for the day.
Prodromos was quite dissapointing for both birds and Butterflies, though we did get a Hobby here.
We then headed to Livadi tou passia where we ate our lunch. Sadly there was a group of motorcross people here and very little wildlife.
At the next picnic site we had a small group of Crossbill in a tree but flushed due to a car going past fast, we also had a single one sitting high in a tree. Willow Warbler were showing and we had fleeting glimpses of Wren and a Sylvia warbler type that went down as unknown but likely a lesser whitethroat. A tree pipit showed quite well in a tree for a decent period.
We visited the Botanical Garden where we had great views and photo ops with many Hummingbird Hawkmoths.
Our day total was a low count of 30 species. Bringing our 4 day tour to 112 Species.
Chukar Partridge (a.c.cypriotes)
Great Crested Grebe
European Shag (p.a.desmarestii)
Peregrine Falcon (f.p.brookei)
Western Marsh Harrier
Eurasian Stone Curlew
Common Ringed Plover
Eurasian Golden Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Eurasian Jay (g.g.glaszneri)
Great Tit (p.m.aphrodite)
Coal Tit (p.a.cypriotes)
Greater Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark (g.c.cypriaca)
Eurasian Wren (t.t.cypriotes)
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava)
Dorothy's Short-toed Treecreeper (c.b.dorothea)
European Greenfinch (c.c.muehlei)
Red Crossbill (c.c.guillemardi)
Slender Skimmer (copula)
Lesser Emperor (copula)
Small Grass Blue
African Grass Blue
Small Desert Blue
Lesser Fiery Copper
Cyprus Meadow Brown
Oriental Meadow Brown
Eastern Rock Grayling
Hummingbird Hawk Moth
Tiger beetle - Calomera littoralis winkleri
Large Marsh Horsefly
Deerfly - Chrysops relictus
Oriental Hornet Cannibalism
Large Black Whip Snake
Sling-tailed Agama Lizard
Schreiber's Fringe-fingered Lizard