Pleased to have caught up with the two Slavonian Grebe that were found offshore by regular birding visitor Alison McArthur at Kouklia, Paphos late last Thursday. Still present Sunday morning although not playing ball for photographs! Two record shots below. Third Cyprus record if accepted.
Yesterday I saw a godwit fly from the beach into Larnaca Sewage Works pools and disappear from sight. It was impossible to get good enough views to ID it as the sun was unhelpfully shining into my field of vision. This morning I found this Bar-tailed Godwit on the nearby beach, and I assume it was the same bird as yesterday’s. They are scarce visitors to Cyprus although they seem to becoming more regular. Was able to get a few photos although the sun was yet again in the wrong place!
Came across the first Cyprus record of a White-eyed Gull as I was out and about in Larnaca this morning!! Not much else around 🙂
A male and a female were found by visiting UK birder Nick Antcliff and luckily I was in the area at the same time and quickly relocated them. Sun all wrong and its ‘a bird on a wire’ but you can still see what it is
Probably same as found on 18th April by Norweigian birder Eric Roualet. Another reported Apostolos Andreas early in the month was the first record for Cyprus.
Pleased to finally get the chance on Friday afternoon to see the first year White-crowned Wheatear that was found at Cape Greco on Tuesday. The eighth record of this species in Cyprus. Also at Cape Greco of note were four Isabelline Wheatear, two Tawny Pipit, a pale Long-legged Buzzard, four Blue Rock Thrush and a passing Audouin’s Gull. On leaving Cape Greco I checked the coast at Kermia Beach where I found two Greater Sand Plover, a Grey Plover, two Northern Lapwing and a migrating flock of 54 Great Cormorant. Moving onto Macronissos Beach there were thirteeen Greater Sand Plover, three Dunlin, around seventy Kentish Plover and a Little Egret.
The most interesting birding news of the day was the finding of a juvenile Striated Heron at Zakaki. Apparently the bird has been present since last week and photographed by local birders but was only ID’d this morning. A first for Cyprus and I was pleased to get this photo of it early this afternoon.