What are the tweeps about in the cooler days of late summer in Cyprus?

Posted on 2010/09/12 by

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There is more to a personal account than a spontaneous visit to the countryside in Cyprus.

Being spontaneous and flexible has its rewards while visiting Cyprus and while you can partake of the experience of bird watching, one quickly realises that being in Cyprus, you get the privilege of witnessing the lifecycle of Migratory birds, which at this time of the year, use Cyprus as a feeding ground en route to the wintering grounds of the African continent.

As Dan mentions, “September is a fantastic time to go birding in Cyprus” and I’ll leave you with an extract of hiw own account of his own excursion:

“My guests were staying in Peyia whereas I live in Nicosia, so to save time we met at the car park by Asprokremnos Dam. Right away we saw a Hoopoe. But we wanted to get to Akrotiri early to see what was about, so we got in my car and headed out fairly quickly.In Akrotiri, we went to the Eucalyptus plantation first, driving through it to the vantage point on the East side of the salt lake. The plantation held a handful of Honey Buzzards that we were able to get outstanding views of, as they were perched in the trees and moving about a bit. A group of about 20 European Bee-Eaters passed over, and a Spotted Flycatcher gave us good looks too. Then moving out to the salt lake, several more were sitting on the flats awaiting the morning thermals. There were a pair of Isabelline Wheatear, a Whinchat, and a Wren in the scrub as well. And then 2 Black Kites with a few more Honey Buzzards flew out from the Eucalyptuses also. Between all of the Honey Buzzards, we had nice examples of the wide range of color variation in this polymorphic species.We moved on and visited the Zakaki marsh, where we saw 2 Water Rail and a Cetti’s Warbler out in the open just by the roadside. Little Stints, Kentish Plovers, Little Ringed Plovers, a Ruff, Coots, Moorhens, and Yellow Wagtails rounded out the birds in the marsh. Continuing on, we found many Kentish Plovers at Lady’s Mile, with a supporting cast of a couple Ruff, a Common Redshank, and a Whiskered Tern.From here we crossed to the Western side of the salt lake and visited Bishop’s Pool. Many Coots greeted us, along with Moorhens, Little Grebes, a couple Willow Warblers, and a Grey Heron. Overhead, a dozen more Honey Buzzards passed in a kettle. We then continued on to the Phassouri reedbed, where a pair of photographers tipped us off to 2 Great Reed Warblers that were about. The sky above the reedbed was full of mostly Red-rumped Swallows, and a handful of Yellow Wagtails and Whinchats surrounded us in the field. By now it was getting to be late morning…!!!

Wow, I don’t know if it’s just me, but I can already feel my neck hurting just by reading the account and this was only part of the morning of the trip. Of course it is of great help to do these visits with experts, but from the account gathered, I don’t think there are lots of distances to travel to enjoy the pleasures of nature, habitat, a hospitality with such wild hosts and a habit that can become quite addictive.

Read the full Trip Report here – 11 September 2010 « Migrations
Image Credit: Dan Stone

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