Sunday, 23 June 2013

Cyprus birding 11TH OF jUNE 2013

Woke up early the light filtered through the room applied sun screen and prepared for
another hot sunny  morning in Cyprus.
Jane arrived 0700hrs and we headed north towards Polis pronounced Bolis in Greek.
A sign post to the Minthis Hills surrounding a golf club in Tsada produced up to 25
Corn bunting.
Also a pair of distant Black headed buntings,moving on towards Kannaviou a number
of Red rumped swallows obliged overhead.Good photographic opportunities of
Cyprus Pied Wheatears as we made our way to Aspogia.

Moving towards Kannaviou dam,passed the dam a picnic site amongst the pines above
Kannaviou where a well deserved cup of tea produced Hoopoe.
Masked shrikes along with Eastern Olivaceous warbler were feeding young nearby.
On route  to Polemi prior to Kannaviou I was lucky to see the elusive Black Francolin
in a field as we drove by.
Meanwhile back at the picnic site more Cretzschmars and Spanish sparrows,even the sub
species of Coal tit was close enough to hear well but not see.
Arodes our last call did yield a superb Black headed bunting and posing Rollers.
We ended our birding around 1155hrs returned to Paphos 1235 hrs said goodbye to
Jane, a  successful 2 mornings had produced  some good birds.

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