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Polis Chrysochou Bay, 13th August 2019

Spent most of the day sea watching in the Polis Chrysochou Bay. The bird of the day was this Whimbrel (photo) which flew in off the sea and started feeding on the beach in front me. Also migrating were some Grey and Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis and Garganey. Other waders seen were a flock of eight Common Sandpiper, four distant Pied Avocet flying west over the sea and two Grey Plover which flew into the bay as I was leaving and couldn’t see where they had landed.

Whimbrel, Polis Chrysochou 13th August 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Whimbrel, Polis Chrysochou 13th August 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Shrikes on migration.

A few days in the Akamas area 6th – 8th August produced several adult and juvenile Masked Shrike, a male and a female Woodchat Shrike and among the first return migrating Lesser Grey Shrike and Red-backed Shrike. Sea watching was quiet with not much movement yet, although I had several Gull-billed and Whiskered Tern, a flock of 22 Common Sandpiper and an ‘in off’ European Roller as well as a Western Yellow Wagtail feeding in a coastal feed.
Back in Larnaca today I found a resting group of Grey Heron and Little Egret and saw a small group of Glossy Ibis flying over. Little Tern are still fishing offshore and a group of c80 Greater Flamingo are on the Salt Lake which still has some water. Another Lesser Grey Shrike was also there and while I was looking at an Olivaceous Warbler in a track side bush this juvenile Masked Shrike came to check me out.

Masked Shrike juvenile, Larnaca 10th August 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Masked Shrike juvenile, Larnaca 10th August 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Masked Shrike juv 2, Larnaca 10th August 2019

Masked Shrike juvenile, Larnaca 10th August 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Akamas area 22nd March 2019

Another good day out with the Travelling Naturalist Cyprus group. Today we visited Cape Drepanum, Arodes and Smygies and we had the luck to witness first hand the amazing numbers of Painted Lady butterflies currently migrating through Cyprus. We estimate we saw at least 200,000 through the day. We also saw some good birds including more Cyprus Wheatear, migrating flocks of Grey Heron and Little Egret, Blue-headed Wagtail, Chukar, Hen Harrier, Black-eared Wheatear and a Great Spotted Cuckoo pair. We rounded the day off finding several new orchid species.

Painted Lady Baths of Aphrodite 22nd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Painted Lady Baths of Aphrodite 22nd March 2019 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca area 15th September 2018

Greater Flamingo, Larnaca Sewage Works 15th September 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Greater Flamingo, Larnaca Sewage Works 15th September 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Did the waterbird count this morning around Larnaca. Most of the birds were at the Sewage Works – Greater Flamingo, Little and Cattle Egret, Grey and Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Kentish and Common Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Sanderling, Ruff, Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt, Spur-winged Lapwing, Common Redshank, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal, Garganey, Ferruginous Duck. Plus migrating Montagu’s and Pallid Harrier, lots of European Bee-eater, an Isabelline and Northern Wheatear, Red-backed (see photo), Masked and Lesser Grey Shrike. Good morning’s birding.

Red-backed Shrike, Larnaca 15th September 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red-backed Shrike, Larnaca 15th September 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Polis Chrysochou Bay 11th August 2018

Sea watching at Polis Chrysochou this morning 6.30 – 8.30 am produced good numbers of migrating Glossy Ibis plus Purple, Grey and Squacco Heron, Cattle and Little Egret, Black-winged Stilt (see photo), Garganey, Gull-billed Tern, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher and European Bee-eater.

Black-winged Stilt, Polis Chrysochou Bay 11th August 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Black-winged Stilt, Polis Chrysochou Bay 11th August 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca area this morning 30th July 2018

Migration slowly getting busier with c50 Collared Pratincole in the fields near Larnaca Sewage Works and a group of 13 Common Sandpiper resting on the rocks on the nearby coast this morning. Feeding on the Sewage Pools were Gull-billed, Whiskered and White-winged Tern. A couple of Slender-billed and Black-headed Gull were present as were more than 100 Greater Flamingo, a couple of Black-winged Stilt, 23 Ferruginous Duck, a Common Greenshank, six Grey Heron and six Cattle Egret, plenty of Spur-winged Lapwing and both the long-staying unseasonable Great Crested Grebes.

Ferruginous Duck, Larnaca Sewage Works, 30th July 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Ferruginous Duck, Larnaca Sewage Works, 30th July 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Gull-billed Tern, Larnaca Sewage Works, 30th July 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Gull-billed Tern, Larnaca Sewage Works, 30th July 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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More Nicosia birding 12th January 2018

Out around Nicosia again today visiting Manglis Lake, Athalassa Dam and Agios Sozomenos. Best birds were:

Manglis Lake
Great Egret 1
Little Egret 1
Black-necked Grebe 1

Athalassa Dam
Grey Wagtail 1
Great Egret 2
Little Egret 1
Grey Heron 6
Black-crowned Night Heron 3ad and 1imm
Great Cormorant 60+
Black-necked Grebe 3
Ferruginous Duck 9
Eurasian Blackbird 1h
European Serin 2+
Plus plenty of Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen and Little Grebe

Agios Sozomenos
Long-legged Buzzard 1
Hen Harrier 1 being chased away by Long-legged Buzzard
Spanish Sparrow 30+
Bonelli’s Eagle 1 ad and 1 imm
Finsch’s Wheatear 1m and 1f
Common Quail 1h calling from edge of field of alfalfa
Red-throated Pipit 2h

Black-crowned Night Heron (immature), Athalassa Dam 12th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Black-crowned Night Heron (immature), Athalassa Dam 12th January 2018 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Migrating herons this morning off Cape Greco, 7th September 2017

Although I was at Cape Greco to do a raptor survey it was the flocks of herons that kept me busy counting this morning. Around 450 Purple Heron and 150 Grey Heron passed by off the east of the Cape in several flocks. A lone Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Egret and 11 Glossy Ibis also headed south off the coast and a surprise spot was a juvenile Greater Flamingo migrating in with a flock of Purple Herons.

Photo of a distant mixed flock of Grey and Purple Heron.

Migrating Herons, Cape Greco 7th September 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Migrating Herons, Cape Greco 7th September 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Waterbird Count Larnaca 18th May 2017

There seemed to have been a clear out of birds overnight and there were less around than yesterday but still some migrants around including a Broad-billed Sandpiper on the Salt Lake. Other birds included:

Larnaca Sewage Works
Grey Heron 2
Little Tern 7
Yellow-legged Gull 1
Black-crowned Night Heron 1 along coast being mobbed by Hooded Crow
Ruff 5
Little Stint 3
Common Sandpiper 1
Mallard 18 plus 1 female with 10 ducklings
Little Grebe 6
Common Coot 11
Sand Martin 20+
Barn Swallow 200+
Common Swift 50+
Northern House Martin 10+

Spiros Pool
Red-backed Shrike 1m
Greater Short-toed Lark 2

Larnaca Salt Lake
Little Owl 1
Eurasian Thick-knees (Stone Curlew) 1 h
Spur-winged Lapwing 16
Wood Sandpiper 5
Broad-billed Sandpiper 1
Little Stint 22
Temminck’s Stint 1
Glossy Ibis 8
Curlew Sandpiper 2
Ruff 9
Squacco Heron 1 (see photos)
Black-crowned Night Heron 2 over road near Airport


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World Wetlands Day 2nd February 2017

A visit to Manglis Lake in the suburbs of Nicosia this morning showed the importance of this and other wetlands to wintering birds here in Cyprus. There were nearly 50 Greater Cormorant, four Grey Heron, a Great Egret, a Little Egret, more than 20 Eurasian Coot, three Moorhen and a Little Grebe all feeding and resting there.

Grey Heron, Manglis Lake 2nd February 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Grey Heron, Manglis Lake 2nd February 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Coot, Manglis Lake 2nd February 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Coot, Manglis Lake 2nd February 2017 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Athalassa Dam, Nicosia 21st October 2016

A quick visit to Athalassa Dam, outside Nicosia this morning – very peaceful and with some good views of some interesting birds.

Eurasian Spooonbill 3 (possibly 5 but quite mobile)
Great Egret 3
White-winged Tern 1
Little Egret 24
Little Grebe 60 in a group moving around edge of water in company of the feeding Little Egrets
Grey Heron 7
Greater Cormorant 11
Common Kingfisher 3
Grey Wagtail 3
Water Rail 2 (one seen, another heard elsewhere)
European Robin 2+
White Wagtail 4
Eurasian Spoonbill, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Spoonbill, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Three feeding Eurasian Spoonbill, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Three feeding Eurasian Spoonbill, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Great Egret, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Great Egret, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Grey Heron, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Grey Heron, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Egret, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Egret, Athalassa Dam, 21st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Paphos and Akamas this weekend 30th September to 2nd October 2016

A few days in Droushia exploring the area and doing some birding. Passed by Mandria, Timi and Paphos Sewage Works on Friday morning where there were a few Red-footed Falcon, a couple of European Roller, single migrating European Honey Buzzard, dark morph Booted Eagle and Black Kite, three migrating Western Marsh Harrier, a couple of Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrike, Northern Wheatear, Whinchat and newly arrived White Wagtail, a flock of Yellow Wagtail and a fly over Red-throated Pipit.

In the Akamas area and down in Polis Chrysochou Bay there were migrating Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey and Purple Heron, Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater and Red-footed Falcon. Also seen were an Eastern Black-eared and Northern Wheatear, several Whinchat and Cyprus Wheatear, Red-backed Shrike, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and Common Redstart. Unexpected birds were a European Nightjar flushed from an olive grove by a hunting Common Kestrel, a Common Kingfisher flying over the Baths of Aphrodite and a Northern Goshawk flushed from a large carob tree as I drove past near Fasli.

Cyprus Wheatear, Androlikou 1st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Cyprus Wheatear, Androlikou 1st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red-footed Falcon, Pittokopos in early morning sun 1st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Red-footed Falcon, Pittokopos in early morning sun 1st October 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours