Cyprus Bird Watching Tours - BIRD is the WORD - Akrotiri 25/09/2019
We started at Phassouri Marsh car park where quite a bit was flying over, Garganey, Mallard, Grey Heron, Bee-eaters, Whiskered and White-winged Tern and various Egrets. A Whinchat was showing on the reeds nearby. We then ventured to the main hide, seeing a pair of Black Francolin crossing the road infront of us nice and slowly, providing great lengthy views.
We then checked out a Eucalyptus woodland for roosting raptors and only managed to see a single Honey Buzzard in the trees. Blackcap were calling and showing in the small bushes and plenty of Bee-eaters were perched in the trees.
We then ventured to the Salt Lake, seeing the many Flamingos and some Eleonora's Falcons hunting with some even sitting in some trees. We had a small party of Yellow Wagtail on a puddle and a juvenile Citrine Wagtail was among them. Plenty of Spectacled Warbler were showing in the bushes.
Next stop was Kensington Cliffs, we was lucky to get a good kettle of Honey Buzzard as we arrived, also two Griffon Vultures were in the air, one being mobbed by plenty of Eleonora's Falcon, and we had an ellies meters away on the cliff too. The Green Turtle was still showing in the bay and as we left an Osprey flew over.
We admired some of the pygmy carlinas and then proceeded up to the mountains. In Platres we had great views of two Cyprus Wheatear and I had distant views of Treecreepers though Paul and Fiana could not get on to them. Coal tit were showing well here too as well as our endemic Cyprus Grayling butterflies. At Livadi tou Passia we were treated to mouth watering close views of a female collared flycatcher (the first I had ever seen in Autumn) and close encounters with a Cyprus Jay and a very brief view of a wren. Colchicum Troodi was flowering in abundance here.
We stopped to have our lunch and then left back to Limassol, seeing a stunning Masked Shrike and fleeting views of a Cyprus Warbler. We finished with 69 species for the day.
Western Marsh Harrier
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Dorothy's (Short-toed) Treecreeper
Yellow Wagtail (*Flava)
African Grass Blue