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Demoiselle Cranes, Akrotiri 16th & 17th March 2019

Over the weekend hundreds of Demoiselle Crane were seen leaving Akrotiri Salt Lake and heading north to their breeding grounds of central Eurasia. We always get some on their return passage in late August early September – again mainly at Akrotiri Salt Lake. But such large numbers in spring are very unusual as they probably pass over without the need to rest here. We usually see a few single or double figure flocks each spring. It seems as if the bad storms of the weekend force them to land and rest as it did in March 2012.

I was lucky enough to be at Akrotiri yesterday morning and watch a group of around 90 birds feeding and getting ready to leave – which they did around 9:30 am.

Demoiselle Crane 3, Akrotiri Salt Lake 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Demoiselle Crane, Akrotiri Salt Lake 16th March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Demoiselle Crane, Akrotiri Salt Lake 1st September 2017

Was lucky to be at Akrotiri this morning to see this flock of 24 Demoiselle Crane roosting in the middle of the lake and then take off around 10.05 and being lost to view by around 10:20.

Demoiselle Crane, Akrotiri Salt Lake 1st September 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Demoiselle Crane, Akrotiri Salt Lake 1st September 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Migration getting underway 26th March

Spent two days on the Karpasia Peninsula and had a good variety of migrants including Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Pallid Harrier, Masked Shrike, Tawny Pipit, Greater Short-toed Lark, Northern, Isabelline and Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Tree and Red-throated Pipit, an ‘eastern’ Stonechat (female), Purple Heron, a lone Demoiselle Crane, Wryneck, Common Redstart, Common and Lesser Whitethroat, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Whinchat, Eurasian Hoopoe, Common Nightingale, Lesser Kestrel, Cretzschmar’s Bunting and Common Quail.

Two record shots taken in the gloomy dust haze below:

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush 2, Karpasia 26th March 2016 with signature

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Karpasia 26th March 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Demoiselle Crane, Kouklia Dam 25th March 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Demoiselle Crane, Kouklia Dam 25th March 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours