Friday, 26 April 2013

16th April, 2013 Cyprus Day 7

Woke to a strong windy day which decreased as the day progressed. We spent the whole day visiting various sites around Cape Greco. The highlight of the day was an Olive Tree Warbler between the Natural Bridge and the picnic site, which we watched for around 20 minutes as it moved along the coastal bushes but we lost it in the bushes at the picnic site. A lifer for David and the first have I seen for 50 years. Also small arrival of Blackcaps, Ortolan Buntings and a female Collared Flycatcher.

Sunrise looking from the Cape

Cape Greco bird habitat

Looking towards Cape Greco compound area.

Doreen at Cape Greco.

Purple Heron 10
Common Buzzard 1
Kestrel 4
Peregrine 1
Chukar 12
Audouin's Gull 3
Baltic Gull 1
Yellow-legged Gull 5
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove 2
Short-toed Lark 2
Crested Lark 40
Swallow 80
Red-rumped Swallow 7
House Martin 10
Tawny Pipit 2
Tree Pipit 4
Nightingale 6
Common Redstart 1
Whinchat 3
Northern Wheatear 4
Cyprus Wheatear 2
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear 2
Fan-tailed Warbler 1
Olive-tree Warbler 1
Spectacled Warbler 15
Sardinian Warbler 1 male carrying food
Cyprus Warbler 3 males
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 1
Blackcap 12
Collared Flycatcher 1 female
Woodchat Shrike 4
Hooded Crow
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow 1
Ortolan Bunting 9
Corn Bunting 4

An early morning Audouin's Gull at the Cape.


Olive-tree Warbler near the picnic site. Size of a Barred
Warbler with a stonking yellow bill and large pale panel
in its wings and white outer tails. Although it would feed
out in the open and sometimes on the ground, when you
tried to approach nearer than 20 metres it would immediately
disappear into a tick acacia tree.

Lulworth Skipper near the picnic site.


Record shots of Red-rumped Swallows

Whinchat behind the stubble field.




A stunning male Cyprus Warbler posing for the camera near the picnic grounds.


Tawny Pipit in the stubble field.

A party of 10 Purple Herons flew high over us.