Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus


Friday 19th of March 2021 and I went down to the road and my Guide arrived a few minutes later. We started at the water front to look for the Ruddy Shelduck. There was no sign of the Ruddy Shelduck at the waterfront and we left Paphos driving towards Baths of Aphrodite.

We stopped at the Supermarket that we had been at on the first day to buy some supplies. The girls remembered us, Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully as the handsome boys.
We reached Baths of Aphroditea and there was a Botanic Garden and a bird hide

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
Entrance to Botanical Garden at Baths of Aphroditea

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
Botanical Garden at Baths of Aphroditea

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
Botanical Garden at Baths of Aphroditea

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
Bird hide in the Botanical Garden at Baths of Aphroditea

There was quite a few birds while we walked up the hill in the Botanical Garden. There was a sign saying “bird watching” and we reached a bird hide. The hide was placed very bad and I really could not understand the purpose. We continued towards the Baths of Aphroditea.

Baths of Aphroditea

The natural grotto of the Baths of Aphrodite, and its botanical garden, can be found past the fishing harbour of Latsi, and towards the tip of the Akamas Peninsula.

Shaded by an old fig tree, amidst lush greenery, legend tells that the Ancient Greek Goddess Aphrodite used to bathe in the waters. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite met her lover Adonis at this beautiful spot when he stopped for a drink whilst hunting, and fell in love with her the moment when he drank the water.

From www.visitcyprus.com

We reached the walk path to the Baths of Aphroditea and we walked in shadows from the trees. Beautiful but shadows so it was not any good light for bird watching. We saw a lot of birds but no pictures. We saw eals in the bath and we also spotted a Rock Pigeon.

But the pigeon was flushed by I don't know what and suddenly there was 20 pigeons taking of from the bath. I was very surprised, where did all the pigeons come from?

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
Walking down to the Baths of Aphroditea

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
We reach the Baths of Aphroditea

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
My Guide looks for eels at the Baths of Aphroditea

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
My Guide finds eels at the Baths of Aphroditea

We walk back towards the car and we stop here and there to ty to get the bird to come out by playing the songs and calls on my Bluetooth speaker. We have not much luck with the birds and pictures. Well, I got a picture from the top of the Botanical Garden. We had a fantastic view over the Mediterranean. Of course, it don't look as good on a photo

We decide to go to the Blue Lagoon and we leave the Botanical Garden.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
View from the Botanical Garden

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Baths of Aphroditea
Today's track at Baths of Aphroditea

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Baths of Aphrodite (Λουτρά της Αφροδίτης), Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 19, 2021 07:55 - 09:14
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
10 species

Feral Pigeon 20
Common Woodpigeon 1
Collared Dove 2
Great Tit 2
Barn Swallow 5
Common Chiffchaff 1
Cetti's Warbler 1 Male in breeding plummage
European Robin 1
Black Redstart 1
House Sparrow 7

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83652926

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



The Bluelagoon also called Fontana Amaroza after some Italian poet living there a long time ago. Or simpy eBird hotspot Akamas Peninsula NP--Fontana Amaroza (Εθνικό Πάρκο Χερσονήσου Ακάμα--Φοντάνα Αμορόζα) locaded in the National Park on Akamas Peninsula. The Eastern most point of Cyprus.

To reach the Blue Lagoon we have to drive on a very narrow dirt track with step mountain side on each side. On one side the road is 100 meters above the water. My Guide told me that many cars had disappeared over the edge. I was in the back suffering a terrible vertigo.

And on top of that the dirt road was in a terrible condition, as I said to my Guide: Cyprus Massage

We were down at the table and we were driving along a quite OK dust road. And now we were around 10 meter above the sea. The Blue lagoon and we were standing on the cliff edge around 10 meters above the water. Could not see any way to come down to the beach. But most people coming here are coming by boat.

Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris

Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris
Tawny Pipit

Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris
Tawny Pipit

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
The Blue lagoon

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
The Blue lagoon

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Male Northern Wheatear

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Rüppell's Warbler

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Common Chiffchaff

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
We stop for picnic lunch

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
We stop for picnic lunch

We passed a Tawny pipit bathing and drinking in a puddle on the dirt track. There was also 2 Northern Wheatears. There were so much warblers coming in and out from the bushes and we decided to have our picnic lunch overlooking some of the bushes.

So the plan was to enjoy the picnic while watching the birds.

We saw a lot of birds but as I was busy eating there was no pictures taken. We spent quite sometime there before we left continuing to the end of the road 5 minutes' away.

There is a military area with a strange warning sign. DON'T TOUCH MILITARY DEVICES! Are we in a mine field?

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
A mine field?

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
White Wagtail

We turned around and we gave the warbler bushes a second try before we left the area to drive back towards the Baths of Aphroditea. We pass one White Wagtail and further down the dirt track we think we see cattle but as we came closer we saw that it was goats. And they were huge, biggest goats I had ever seen.

Long horns and it might have been wild goats we see. A little further down the dirt track we see a Corn Bunting in a bush next to the road. I try to get pictures and a recording of the song.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Wild Goats?

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Wild Goats?

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Wild Goats?

Listen to the Corn Bunting

Remarks from the Recordist

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy Recorder. High Pass Filter applied with Audacity.

Bird sitting next to the dirt road and I recorded the bird before it took off


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We were almost back to the road along the cliff edge when we spotted a Raven. My Guide turned crazy, he have tried to spot a Raven since he came to Cyprus 15 years ago. Only 2 nesting pairs on Cyprus so they are, well, extinct on Cyprus. He threw himself out of the car as soon as we saw it again trying to get pictures of the flying bird.

We managed to pass the dangerous dirt track on the mountain side and we were soon back at the Baths of Aphroditea.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Almost back at the Baths of Aphroditea

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Today's track at Fontana Amaroza

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Akamas Peninsula NP--Fontana Amaroza (Εθνικό Πάρκο Χερσονήσου Ακάμα--Φοντάνα Αμορόζα), Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 19, 2021 09:34 - 11:52
Protocol: Traveling
7.28 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
18 species

Chukar 4
Yellow-legged Gull 3
Eurasian Hoopoe 3
Common Raven 1 I see the bird taking off from the tree top that was actually a little below us on the mountain side. The raven flew off and went down the valley. We spotted the bird flying away and my Guide turned crazy. He threw himself out of the car starting to take pictures.

Picture by Matt, the owner of the CYPRUS BIRD WATCHING TOURS

Picture is for ID purpose only

Barn Swallow 5
Common Chiffchaff 3 I never seen so many Warblers in one area before, there were many kinds flying in and out from the bushes
Rüppell's Warbler 2 I never seen so many Warblers in one area before, there were many kinds flying in and out from the bushes
Subalpine Warbler 3 I never seen so many Warblers in one area before, there were many kinds flying in and out from the bushes
Common Redstart 2
Black Redstart 4
European Stonechat 5
Northern Wheatear 3
Isabelline Wheatear 1
Cyprus Wheatear 2
Western Yellow Wagtail 30
White Wagtail (alba) 2
Tawny Pipit 3 Bathing and drinking in a puddle on the dirt road
Corn Bunting 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83655355

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Fontana Amaroza
Common Raven, picture by my Guide

We had agreed not to go to any more restaurants and I sorw over the decision to open the restaurants on Cyprus. Why not wait until I had left? Anyway, we talked about “High Tea” or “Afternoon Tea” or what ever they call it.

So I checked the internet and only one place in Paphos mentioned on the web page with “High Tea” or “Afternoon Tea” listed in Paphos.

I wanted to call it a day to go back to Paphos for tea. But my Guide wanted to checkout one more place before we returned to Paphos for tea. We end up on the country side and we check out a farm and there must have been more than 100 Jackdaws.

And hundred Serins bathing and drinking in a puddle together with Meadow Pipits.

It was a beautiful area driving along fields and meadows. We spotted a Hoopoe and we stopped and we discovered two Woodlarks next to the car.

Woodlark or Wood Lark, Lullula arborea

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus
Black Redstart

We never saw any Little Owl, but we spotted one Buzzard soaring very high above us. We spotted a pair of Great Spotted Cuckoos. The Great Spotted Cuckoo put their eggs in the magpie nest.

So the cuckoos pester the magpie until they start chase the cuckoo. Then the female cuckoo put the egg in the magpie nest.

And we could see the magpies chasing the cuckoos and it was interesting to see them.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Elia Tavrou
Today's track at Elia Tavrou

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eBird Report


Elia Tavrou, Neo Chorio, Paphos, CY (35.024, 32.356), Pafos, Cyprus
Mar 19, 2021 12:12 - 13:09

Protocol: Traveling
7.25 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours. http://www.birdingtourscyprus-bitw.com/
13 species

Common Woodpigeon 1
Great Spotted Cuckoo 2 These Cuckoos are said to put their eggs in the Magpie nests. And all the Magpies were chasing the Cuckoos
Long-legged Buzzard 1 Flying very high up in the sky
Eurasian Hoopoe 1
Common Magpie 20 Many of them chasing the Great Spotted Cuckoos
Eurasian Jackdaw 50
Woodlark 2 Sitting together in the field next to the car
Black Redstart 1
European Stonechat 1
White Wagtail (alba) 1
Meadow Pipit 1
Common Chaffinch 2
European Serin 100

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83656627

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)



We drive back to Paphos to look for “Tea for two” and it was a nice place. We asked for their meringue lemon cake with tea. It tasted very good and I asked for a second piece. Two pots of tea and we enjoyed the afternoon on their outdoor terrace.

Not many vitamins and it was definitely not good for my diet, but it was worth it.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus
At Tea for two in Paphos

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus
At Tea for two in Paphos

My Guide will pick me up at 4 thirty tomorrow morning and we will go bird watching in Anarita Park and we will go back to Paphos to go to the hospital to take my corvid test so I can leave Cyprus on Sunday. Click HERE to find out if we see any birds.


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