Cyprus Part One

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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This Blue Rock Thrush darted about near our accommodation in between short bursts of song and performed nicely in the morning light.

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Hen Harriers were seen in a few sites as well as well as Long legged Buzzards were the raptors of note.

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Gulls up next…

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