A four day trip over New years with beloved girlfriend was a great way to end 2016 and start 2017. I wanted to be somewhere where nearly all the large gulls are either Caspians or unfamiliar and exciting.
As far as other birds go, I had a few things I wanted to see ; Finsch’s Wheatear, Wall creeper, Cyprus Warbler, Moustached Warbler and most of all Great Black-headed Gull. Unfortunately /amazingly I failed to see any of these birds.
I was going for more of a ‘bins over camera’ approach to passerines and waders but some of the more photogenic and willing subjects were worth a brief blog post.
Lazy Birding around Paphos headland and other similar habitat revealed a Stonechat or Black Redstart on every perch, Sardinian Warblers in every bush and mixed flocks of Crested and Skylarks (woodlark were noted elsewhere too) One or two Red-Throated pipit calls heard but birds flushed ad unseen among meadow Pipit flocks.
Greater Sand Plovers seem to be a feature of the headland there, I also had Grey Plover, Whimbrel , common sandpiper and a single Dunlin as well as fly-by Caspian and Armenian Gulls.
This Blue Rock Thrush darted about near our accommodation in between short bursts of song and performed nicely in the morning light.
Hen Harriers were seen in a few sites as well as well as Long legged Buzzards were the raptors of note.
Gulls up next…