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Red-breasted Merganser today Akrotiri Gravel Pits 5th December 2017

I hadn’t been sure where to go birding today until I heard last night that local birder John East had found a female Red-breasted Merganser at Akrotiri Gravel Pits. The last record was in 2014 so not to be missed. The bird was keeping close company with a Great Crested Grebe and a Black-necked Grebe who had been on the pool for several days and I was pleased to get a few photos. Also around Akrotiri today:

Akrotiri Gravel Pits
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
European Serin 7
Woodlark 8
Red-breasted Merganser 1f
Great Crested Grebe 1
Black-necked Grebe 1
Little Grebe 1
Western Marsh Harrier 1f and 1 sub-ad male

Phasouri Reed-beds
Bluethroat 1
Eurasian Skylark 1

Zakaki Marsh
Water Rail 1h

Lady’s Mile
Black-headed Gull 300+
Armenian Gull 6+
Caspian Gull 1+
Greater Flamingo 48 juvs
Pied Avocet 2
Common Buzzard 1

Akrotiri Salt Lake
Greater Flamingo c1200
Common Buzzard 1

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Larnaca area this morning 5th November 2016

An unexpected visit to Larnaca this morning and good to see some water at the wetlands after the rain earlier in the week. Notable were an Osprey, a Pied Avocet and two Ruddy Shelduck at the Sewage Works and more than sixty Spur-winged Lapwing at Oroklini Marsh (see photo). Water levels at Oroklini were good and there was also a Black-necked Grebe there as well as many Eurasian Teal and Northern Shoveler. A Common Buzzard was chased away from the area by Hooded Crows.

Spur-winged Lapwing, Oroklini Marsh 5th November 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Spur-winged Lapwing, Oroklini Marsh 5th November 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Waterbird Count Larnaca 13th August 2016

Again a good variety of waders at the Sewage Pools but elsewhere the Salt Lake and its pools are bone dry. A Sanderling again present on Sprios Beach.

Meneou Pool
Eurasian Stone Curlew 19
Little Stint 5
European Roller 1

Larnaca Sewage Works
Spur-winged Lapwing 35 plus one very small chick
Mallard 239
Eurasian Coot 12
Little Grebe 29
Ruff 8
Grey Heron 6
White-winged Tern 2
Pied Avocet 1
Marsh Sandpiper 7
Little Stint 36
Black-winged Stilt 7
Wood Sandpiper 1
Common Ringed Plover 1
Greater Flamingo 4 ad
Ferruginous Duck 7
Dunlin 4
Temminck’s Stint 1+
Curlew Sandpiper 5
Common Redshank 1
Common Sandpiper 3
Northern Shoveler 1+
Eurasian Teal 1
Western Marsh Harrier 1 fem
Yellow Wagtail 1+ over
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Garganey 6
Slender-billed Gull 3

Spiros Beach
Sanderling 1
Kentish Plover c60

Larnaca Salt Lake
Masked Shrike 1 ad
European Roller 1
Spur-winged Lapwing 7 (Kamares)

Sanderling, Spiros Beach. 13th August 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Sanderling, Spiros Beach. 13th August 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Larnaca Sewage Works this morning 7th August 2016

Still some interesting waders on Larnaca Sewage Works pools with an adult and a juvenile Pied Avocet among them today.

Larnaca Sewage Works 7th August 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Larnaca Sewage Works 7th August 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

The juvenile can just be made out in this photo taken from a distance. Also present:

Black-tailed Godwit 1
Spotted Redshank 2
Temminck’s Stint 2+
Little Stint 40+
Little Ringed Plover 1
Dunlin 3
Curlew Sandpiper 6
Wood Sandpiper 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Garganey 9
White-winged Tern 3
Ruff 6
Common Redshank 1
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Ferruginous Duck 3
Yellow-legged Gull 31

Sprios Pool
Yellow-legged Gull 92 (all juvs)


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Larnaca area this morning, 7th February 2016

A couple of hours around the Sewage Works area with Ruddy Shelduck, Pied Avocet, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Caspian Gull, Baltic and Heuglin’s Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Ferruginous Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Gadwall, Common Shelduck, Sandwich Tern, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Eurasian Curlew and Barn Swallow.

Plus the sight of a Western Marsh Harrier trying hard to put the flock of Eurasian Coot to flight so it could catch one – it had no joy while I was watching it, gave up and flew away. But I had the feeling it would go back and keep trying until it was successful.

Western Marsh Harrier over Eurasian Coot Larnaca Sewage Works 7th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Western Marsh Harrier over Eurasian Coot Larnaca Sewage Works 7th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Stone Curlew Larnaca Airport Pools South 7th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Eurasian Stone Curlew Larnaca Airport Pools South 7th February 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Akrotiri Peninsula, 29th January 2016

Finally got to Akrotiri today for the first time in 2016. Made the wrong decision in going to Phasouri Reed-beds first as it meant I missed the Pied Kingfisher which was at Lady’s Mile at that time…by the time I got to Lady’s Mile it was nowhere to be seen.

Several Western Marsh Harrier around at both Phasouri and Zakaki as well as a couple of Common Buzzard and a female Hen Harrier at Zakaki. Bird of the day was the Pied Avocet at Lady’s Mile where there were also many Common Black-headed Gull and at least thirty Armenian Gull. At Zakaki Marsh I heard at least one Penduline Tit and a Water Rail and there were also Green Sandpiper and Common Reed Bunting in the area.

Pied Avocet Lady's Mile 29th January 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Pied Avocet Lady’s Mile 29th January 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Armenian Gull Lady's Mile 29th January 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Armenian Gull Lady’s Mile 29th January 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Green Sandpiper Zakaki Marsh 29th January 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Green Sandpiper Zakaki Marsh 29th January 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Redshank Lady's Mile 29th January 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Common Redshank Lady’s Mile 29th January 2016 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

 


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Larnaca and Oroklini 14th November 2015

Did the waterbird count at Larnaca and late in the afternoon visited Oroklini. The Red-breasted Goose is still at the Sewage Works together with five Greater White-fronted Geese. A Pied Avocet was the best wader and the Red Knot is still present. A young Peregrine Falcon flew in and snatched up a Coot only to be forced to drop it by an adult Peregrine that came swooping in. Both Peregrines flew off calling and briefly grappling. The Coot was left there although it was gone when I revisited in the afternoon.

The Ruddy Shelduck is still at Oroklini and there were three Temminck’s Stint and six Common Snipe feeding as well as a Bluethroat and Water Pipit.

Full list of sightings:
Larnaca Sewage Works
Greater Flamingo 56 (only one adult)
Pied Avocet 1
Common Shelduck 1
Black-winged Stilt 8
Little Stint c50
Common Redshank 6
Dunlin 9+
Ruff 3
Common Ringed Plover 1
Baltic Gull 1 juv
Armenian Gull 11
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Greater White-fronted Goose 5
Red-breasted Goose 1
Black-necked Grebe 1
Northern Pintail 6
Red Knot 1
Peregrine Falcon 2

Larnaca Desalination Plant Fields
Eurasian Skylark 100+
Calandra Lark 5
Eurasian Golden Plover 4
Common Starling 11

Larnaca Salt Lake
Greater Flamingo 6
Eurasian Teal 13
Little Ringed Plover 5
Common Ringed Plover 25
Spur-winged Lapwing 2
Common Redshank 30
Dunlin c100
Kentish Plover c140
Little Stint 30+
Western Marsh Harrier 1
Water Pipit 2

Oroklini Marsh
Spur-winged Lapwing 35
Ruddy Shelduck 1
Cattle Egret 60
Common Snipe 6
Little Stint 2
Temminck’s Stint 3
Common Ringed Plover 5
Little Ringed Plover 2
Water Pipit 1
Water Rail h
Eurasian Penduline Tit h
Northern Pintail 2
Common Starling 40
Bluethroat 1
Corn Bunting 8

Oroklini Beach
Sandwich Tern 2
Common Black-headed Gull c150

Sandwich Tern Oroklini Beach 14th November 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Sandwich Tern Oroklini Beach 14th November 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours


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Waterbird Count around Larnaca Salt Lake today, 15th April 2015

Some good birds seen around the area of Larnaca Salt Lake both north and south of the airport today, which included the famous black Greater Flamingo which today was on the main Salt Lake. Waders of note included eight Pied Avocet, four Eurasian Dotterel, two Whimbrel flying offshore, three Red-necked Phalarope, more than thirty Common Greenshank and plenty of Black-winged Stilt. Several migrating Grey Heron and Little Egret were around and three Squacco Heron went east along the coast in the morning with a flock of sixteen Great Egret flying over the area just before 9 am. There were several Slender-billed Gull on the main Salt Lake where there was also a European Roller and four European Bee-eaters flew over heading north. Eight Garganey were on the Larnaca Sewage Pools and a few Eurasian Teal still remain from the winter.

The fields were full of Red-throated Pipit and Yellow Wagtail early in the morning with several Greater Short-toed Lark and I  found one Eurasian Wryneck. I also saw two Western Marsh Harrier and a female Pallid Harrier.

Little Egret Larnaca Salt Lake 15th April 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours

Little Egret Larnaca Salt Lake 15th April 2015 (c) Cyprus Birding Tours