Thursday, 24 June 2010

More images from Cyprus

Preying Mantis devouring Grasshopper

The Akamas

Little Owl

Long tailed Blue, Mandria

Migration is tough

Large Whip Snake, Akamas

Mallow Skipper, Mandria

Bath White, Mandria

Thursday 24th June 2010
Making some way in identifying the wildlife of Cyprus but progress has been slowed as the World Cup gets more interesting. Enjoyed Italy v Slovakia. Tried to get into a bit of birding at Brandon Marsh but not alot to get excited about although did see Hobby, and the usual warblers.
Saw 43 species in Cyprus. Possible late migrants included: Bee-eater x3, near Neo Chorio, Night Heron x7 coming in to roost at Asprokremnos pools, Green Sandpiper, Dhiorisos river. Other birds seen included: Black necked Grebe, Black headed Bunting, Cretzschmar's Bunting, Ortolan, Cyprus warbler, Olivaceous warbler, Spectacled warbler, Cattle Egret, Red rumped Swallow, Woodchat Shrike, Masked Shrike, Roller, Long legged Buzzard, Little Owl, Black Francolin and Cyprus Pied Wheatear. Rollers were particularly numerous with up to 10 birds at some sites and several family parties of Masked Shrikes and Chukar were seen in the Akamas. Warblers were harder to find on our various walks. The biggest challenge though was trying to photograph as many, often fast moving species of Butterflies, particularly those on open ground.

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