Tuesday, 23 April 2013

12th April, 2013 Cyprus Day 3

Early morning birding at Cape Greco and then visited nearby sites including stubble field and the pines.
Early afternoon we drove to Paralimna Lake but this was virtually dry. We did find one small area of pools, and after this we returned to Cape Greco area for the evening. A nice fall of migrants today and a lovely selection of birds.

Night Heron 1with the flock of Little Egrets
Little Egret 100+ In one flock
Cattle Egret several with the Little Egrets
Purple Heron 1
Pallid Harrier 6
Kestrel 15
Hobby 1
Peregrine 1
Chukar 10
Water Rail heard
Spotted Crake 3
Spur-winged Plover 2
Little Stint 50
Ruff 40
Green Sandpiper 2
Wood Sandpiper 6
Audouin's Gull 2
Yellow-legged Gull 2
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove 2
Swift 3
Bee-eater heard
Roller 3
Hoopoe 6
Wryneck 1
Crested Lark 50
Swallow 200
House Martin 10
Tawny Pipit 4
Tree Pipit 1
Flava Wagtail 2
Black-headed Wagtail 1
White Wagtail 1
Nightingale 1
Redstart 1
Isabelline Wheatear 2
Northern Wheatear 15
Cyprus Wheatear 2
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear 20
Cetti's Warbler 1 plus others heard
Fan-tailed Warbler 2
Spectacled Warbler 30
Ruppell's Warbler 2
Orphean Warbler 1 female.
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Common Whitethroat 2
Blackcap 4
Wood Warbler 1
Collared Flycatcher 3
Pied Flycatcher 1
Hooded Crow 4
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow 120
Ortolan Bunting 1
Cretzschmar's Bunting 1 male
Corn Bunting 1

View looking South at the Cape

Dragonfly at Paralimna Lake

Female Flava Wagtail alone the Cape road and taken at dawn with a high Iso setting.

Female Orphean Warbler at the Cape, which showed for just a few 
minutes, before disappearing.

Adult female Ruppell's Warbler at the Cape.


Tawny Pipit at Cape Greco

 Adult male Ortolan Bunting at the Cape


Juvenile Pallid Harrier at the Cape - 1 of 6 seen today.


Female Eastern Black-eared Wheatear at the Cape.

Crested Larks at the Cape

Male Spectacled Warbler in song at the Cape

A second Juvenile Pallid Harrier came in over the wheat fields at the
Cape, this individual had less rufous underparts.

Green Sandpiper at Paralimna Lake


Wood Sandpiper at Paralimna Lake

Spotted Crakes at Paralimna Lake - Three different birds were seen here.




Male Eastern Black-eared Wheatear of the black throated race. 
A good influx of 20 were seen today.


Part of the flock of Egrets at Cape Greco, mainly Little Egrets but also several
Cattle Egrets and one Night Heron

Night Heron with Little and Catle Egrets at Cape Greco.

Chukar playing hide and seek with me.

Adult Isabelline Wheatear at Cape Greco (DC)

Adult female Cretzschmar's Bunting enjoying the evening sunlight
on Cape Greco

Two Hoopoes were present on the Cape this evening.

Female/Juvenile Spectacled Warblers in evening light at the Cape.



Flock of 120 Spanish Sparrows were seen during the evening at
Cape Greco feeding in the wheat field.


This stunning male white-throated form of the Black-eared Wheatear was found
during the evening at the Cape.


As we were walking back to the car at dusk, a Roller flew in off
the sea and landed in the compound. I quickly increased the Iso
 on the camera and managed a few record shots
as the light had almost gone.