Wednesday, 24 April 2013

14th April, 2013 Cyprus Day 5

Hunters with dogs were again present near the compound area at the tip of Cape Greco, so we visited the nearby picnic area and then visited Syclops Cave Headland near the rubbish tip. We also walked the stubble field and the pines before returning for a late breakfast. Decided to visit Achna Dam and although being Sunday with quite a few fisherman this proved to be an attractive area and well worth a visit or two, although probably better on a week-day. We then returned to Cape Greco covering the compound area at the tip, the stubble field, and pines.

Cattle Egret 6
Little Egret 15
Purple Heron 1
Pallid Harrier 1
Sparrowhawk 1
Kestrel 4
Peregrine 1
Chukar 12
Quail 1
Little Crake 1-2
Stone Curlew 1
Spur-winged Plover 2
Wood Sandpiper 12
Common Sandpiper 2
Woodpigeon 2
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove 1
Great Spotted Cuckoo 1 ad.
Swift 3
Roller 1
Hoopoe 2
Wryneck 1
Crested Lark 30
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 50
Red-rumped Swallow 1
House Martin 6
Tree Pipit 1
Black-headed Wagtail 1
White Wagtail 6
Nightingale 2
Redstart 3
Whinchat 6
Northern Wheatear 10
Cyprus Wheatear 6
Eastern Black-headed Wheatear 8
Fan-tailed Warbler 2
Reed Warbler 6
Spectacled Warbler 30
Cyprus Warbler 7
Lesser Whitethroat 15
Common Whitethroat 3
Blackcap 4
Chiffchaff 2
Collared Flycatcher 2
Pied Flycatcher 1
Red-backed Shrike 2 male and female
Woodchat Shrike 1
Masked Shrike 1
Magpie 3
Hooded Crow
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow 80

A family party of Cyprus Warblers were showing low down
near the picnic site.


A fine plumage adult male Cyprus Warbler was singing close by.


Cyprus Wheatear near the picnic site

David birding the Syclops Cave Headland

Locust type on the Syclops Cave Headland.

Purple Heron arriving in off the sea at the Syclops Headland.

A distant Masked Shrike near the pines briefly before departing.

Juvenile Pallid Harrier on the hunt near the stubble fields.

Roller on wires near Achna Dam.

Common Sandpiper at Achna Dam

White Wagtail at Achna Dam



Black-headed Wagtail at Achna Dam

Record shots of a distant male Little Crake at Achna Dam.

Poor record shot of an adult Great-spotted Cuckoo at Achna Dam.

Male white throated form of Black-eared Wheatear behind the stubble field.


An adult male Woodchat behind the stubble field.

Male Collared Flycatcher on the fence around the compound at Cape Greco

Lesser Whitethroat at Cape Greco.

Another male white throated form of the Black-eared Wheatear at Cape Greco.

A Hoopoe showed very well during the early evening at Cape Greco.

 Wryneck showing in the evening sunlight at Cape Greco.

Chukar at Cape Greco

Cyprus Wheatear at Cape Greco


Back at the compound fence just before dusk, the Collared Flycatcher
and Cyprus Wheatear were chasing one another and the Collared
Flycatcher seems to have lost some of its tail.