Visited Akrotiri early today with the intention of seeing the breeding Little Egret at Bishop’s Pool. Was able to get good views of the birds without getting too close and disturbing them which was pleasing. The young seem to be growing well so hopefully they will fledge successfully. There were several Ferruginous Duck on the Pool as well as plenty of Little Grebe, Rock Dove drinking at the water’s edge, a Green Sandpiper and two Wood Sandpiper. Eight Ferruginous Duck flew in above the reeds when I was at Phassouri Reed Beds and there was also a Wood Sandpiper and a Common Snipe. Four Turtle Dove flew over as did three Yellow Wagtail and six Red-rumped Swallow. There were at least seven Reed Warbler in the vegetation and twelve Cattle Egret in the area.
On Lady’s Mile there were nearly 200 Kentish Plover including one chick. There was also a Green Sandpiper, at least six Little Stint, three Dunlin – one in almost full breeding plumage – and two Sanderling both of which were in transitional plumage. On the Salt Lake itself there are at least 1000 Greater Flamingo.
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