Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Akrotiri 09/09/2019
We started out at the entrance to Phassouri tower hide where Bee-eaters were flying over-head and Lesser Whitethroat were showing in the bushes. A Wood Sandpiper called from a distance.
On the Salt Lake we managed to find an adult Demoiselle Crane at the waters edge and got fantastic views of that. A probable Pallid Harrier was a little way away but spooked as we tried to get in closer to get an accurate ID. We also flushed a few Greater Short-toed Lark here, saw a Hoopoe and heard a Sectacled Warbler nearby.
We then headed round to the run-off. The Curlew wasn't in sight but the Flamingo's were there as usual and the small party of Glossy Ibis. In the distance there was a big line of Grey Heron and a giant mixed flock of little and cattle Egret with a small party of Black-winged Stilt. There was a few Mallard and Garganey on the water as well as a small party of coot. Yellow Wagtail were flitting around and we had a fly-over Montagu's Harrier and many Marsh Harrier.
Next we continued around to ladies mile, seeing a female Black-francolin en-route (A target species). There was plenty of Lesser Grey Shrike here and one had even caught a Scorpion.
A quick drive around the Gravel Pits produced a Tawny Pipit, a few Whinchat, many European Rollers and a few Turtle Doves in flight.
Our next stop was Bishop's Pool and at the entrance we saw a kettle of around 80 Honey Buzzards, mostly adults not too high up.
Western Marsh Harrier
Common Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Lesser Grey Shrike
Greater Short-toed Lark
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava)
Schreiber's Fringe-fingered Lizard
African Grass Blue