Friday, 22 May 2015

Cyprus - 2015

6th -20th May 2015

Report on birds encountered on holiday on Cyprus. As usual Jan and I were based at Paphos but ranged into the Arkamas and as far as Limassol. We did our usual walks keeping a keen eye open for any bird activity. There was some evidence of late migration along the coast with parties of Purple Heron and Glossy Ibis on the move with small numbers of White winged Black terns and Collared Pratincoles on South facing shorelines. Warblers were in short supply but there was a large influx of Spotted Flycatcher just as we arrived and single Pied and Collared Flycatchers. Our regular 'patch' was at Mandria with a couple of recently ploughed fields and a stubble field getting almost daily attention. The reward was; Red backed Shrike, probable Isabelline Shrike,18 Ruff, 5 Collared Pratincole, 4, 2 and a single White winged Black Tern, Northern Wheatear, 2 Tawny pipits, Grey headed Wagtail a Black winged Pratincole and an as yet unidentified Lark.
Credit for one of the birds of the trip must go to Jan. On one of our walks on the Akamas Jan heard something - 'its either a frog or an Owl' well it wasnt going to be a frog. So I tried my usual one size fits all, Owl call. Well it worked, From the nearest tree came a single note from a Scops Owl and unusually it wasnt that hard to see.
Scop's Owl
I managed to get a few other shots of some of the species I've mentioned plus some of the regulars.
Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Collared Flycatcher
Purple Heron
Black Francolin
Griffon Vulture
White winged Black Tern
White winged Black Tern

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