Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus


Saturday 13th of March 2021 and we leave Paphos at 6 o'clock and we are soon on the highway driving towards Larnaca and our first stop at the Meneou Pools in Larnaca. We see 4 Golden Plover and of course, Flamingos.

There are a few waders but they are all too far away for any good pictures.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Meneou (Μενεού) Pools
Meneou (Μενεού) Pools

There are some small plovers looking for food and I also see a couple of Slender-billed Gulls. In one of the ponds it was a big group of Black-headed Gulls and only 3 Slender-billed Gulls. Too far away but I got a few pictures further up the road when we spotted four Slender-billed Gulls.

Slender-billed Gull, Chroicocephalus genei

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Meneou (Μενεού) Pools
Common Greenshank

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Meneou (Μενεού) Pools
Today's track at Meneou (Μενεού) Pools

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Meneou (Μενεού) Pools, Larnaka, Cyprus
Mar 13, 2021 07:27 - 08:12
Protocol: Traveling
4.12 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
14 species

Greater Flamingo 100
European Golden Plover 4
Kentish Plover 7
Little Ringed Plover 4
Little Stint 3
Common Greenshank 4
Marsh Sandpiper 1
Slender-billed Gull 7
Black-headed Gull 15
Grey Heron 3
Hooded Crow 3
Crested Lark 1
Barn Swallow 2
Isabelline Wheatear 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83285920

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We continue to the next eBird hotspot Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Sewage Works a few minutes up the road. There is a bird hide overlooking the sewage plant ponds next to Larnaca International Airport. There is a lot of Yellow-legged Gulls and Great Cormorants in the ponds. And there was one Grey Heron.

And of course, flamingos, they are in every pond on Cyprus, hundreds of them. OK, here was only about 20 of them. Gorgeous weather in it was really joy full to sit in the hide looking at the birds.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Sewage Works
Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Sewage Works

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Sewage Works
Flamingos

Yellow-legged Gull, Western Yellow-legged Gull

Fighting for food

I discover one Great Cormorant coming up with a gig fish. The fish seemed to be too big for the Cormorant to eat.

The bird struggled to eat the fish and it got attention from the other Great Cormorants in the pond.

The other Cormorants approach the Cormorant struggling with the fish and they are soon attacking trying to steal the food.

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv
Great Cormorant come up with a big fish

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv
The fish attracts more Cormorants

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv
The fish attracts more Cormorants

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv
Really struggling for the fish

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv
Really struggling for the fish

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv
Escaping with the fish

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, जलेवा, Great Black Cormorant, Storskarv
The Cormorant escape with the fish

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Sewage Works
Today's track at Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Sewage Works

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Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Sewage Works, Larnaka, Cyprus
Mar 13, 2021 08:14 - 08:42
Protocol: Traveling
0.79 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
11 species

Mallard 2
Greater Flamingo 20
Common Woodpigeon 2
Spur-winged Lapwing 1
Yellow-legged Gull 5
Great Cormorant 10
Grey Heron 1
Crested Lark 1
Barn Swallow 3
European Stonechat 1
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83286347

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Next to the eBird hotspot Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Sewage Works there is another eBird hotspot, the Meneou -- Trailer Park. So it was just to restart the eBird app with the new hotspot.

The area looks like a perfect place for warblers but we only spotted one Spectacled Warbler.

There was a Stonechat as well, but we have seen at least one Stonechat at everywhere we have been looking for birds on Cyprus.

Spur-winged Lapwing or Spur-winged Plover, Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Lapwing or Spur-winged Plover

Spur-winged Lapwing or Spur-winged Plover, Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Lapwing or Spur-winged Plover

Stonechat
Stonechat

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Meneou -- Trailer Park
Today's track at Meneou -- Trailer Park

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Meneou -- Trailer Park, Larnaka, Cyprus
Mar 13, 2021 08:43 - 08:53
Protocol: Traveling
1.73 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
5 species

Spur-winged Lapwing 2
Great Tit 1
Crested Lark 1
Spectacled Warbler 2
European Stonechat 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83286471

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



We drove to the eBird hotspot Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque and we have a pond full of birds on the left hand side as soon as we turn off the main road. I could come closer to the Slender-billed Gull for a couple of pictures. We had many Ruffs in the pond together with Redshanks and Stilts.

There were no birds at the Mosque and we drove back and parked at the main road. On the other side of the road is another eBird hot spot Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Airport Pools--North. Here was not much to see, of course plenty Flamingos.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque (Χαλά Σουλτάν Τεκκέ)
Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque

Slender-billed Gull, Chroicocephalus genei
Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull, Chroicocephalus genei
Slender-billed Gull

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque (Χαλά Σουλτάν Τεκκέ)
Today's track at Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque (Χαλά Σουλτάν Τεκκέ)

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Airport Pools--North
Today's track at Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Airport Pools--North


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Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque (Χαλά Σουλτάν Τεκκέ), Larnaka, Cyprus
Mar 13, 2021 09:11 - 09:30
Protocol: Traveling
3.17 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
9 species

Greater Flamingo 100
Common Woodpigeon 1
Black-winged Stilt 6
Spur-winged Lapwing 1
Ruff 13
Common Redshank 10
Slender-billed Gull 50
Black-headed Gull 1
Hooded Crow 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83286957

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Larnaca (Λάρνακας) Airport Pools--North, Cypern
Mar 13, 2021 09:32 - 09:38
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
2 species

Greater Flamingo 100
Spur-winged Lapwing 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83287052

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We drove north, with a stop for ice cream and we stopped at the Aqueduct where we had been birding when I was here three years ago. Back then it was a construction side, they built a bicycle track and what I now see as a channel to the reeds. Today it was looking better but it was better last time as you could walk out to the reeds where they built the channel.

But we saw a lot of birds but next to impossible to get any pictures as they saw us coming. Nowhere to sneak up on the birds, we just saw them and they were off.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca
Aqueduct at Larisis, Larnaca

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca
Aqueduct at Larisis, Larnaca

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca
Jackdaw

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca
Aqueduct at Larisis, Larnaca

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca
Ducks in the new channel

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca
ChiffChaff

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca
Today's track at Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca


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Larisis, Larnaca, Larnaca, CY (34.911, 33.598), Larnaka, Cyprus
Mar 13, 2021 10:07 - 10:38
Protocol: Traveling
0.74 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
12 species

Mallard 6
Eurasian Teal 3
Feral Pigeon 3
Laughing Dove 3
Common Moorhen 1
Common Snipe 3
Green Sandpiper 1
Eurasian Jackdaw 7
Hooded Crow 3
Barn Swallow 10
Common Chiffchaff 2
Water Pipit 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83287761

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



So this time it was a short visit to the Aqueduct and we left for the eBird hotspot Oroklini Lake. There are two bird hides at the site and when we drove from the first hide we passed a Cetti's Warbler laying on the street. We made a U-turn to see if it was alive or dead.

The bird was alive but very scared laying on the very hot pavement. Most likely knocked out after having hit a car. We brought it in to the car and I held it while we drove to the other hide.

We gave the bird water and checked the wings. The bird looked OK and it took of when we released the bird and we were VERY HAPPY that the bird was OK and it took off when we released the bird and we were VERY HAPPY that the bird was OK.

Cetti's Warbler, a bird I have tried to get on picture since I arrived to Cyprus. I came very close to the bird this time, but this is not what I wanted it to be.

Cetti's Warbler, Cettia cetti

European Goldfinch or Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis, Steglits

When we had released the bird we went up in the bird hide. We were lucky with the Goldfinch as we had a group landing next to us. We spotted the Cetti's Warbler but the pictures turned out bad.

But it was very nice to sit in the bird hide to enjoy the view. We had a couple of Moorhens swimming, too far for pictures. I decided to stay a few extra minutes in the hide as I saw one of them coming closer, slowly slowly.

And it paid out to wait, the Moorhen came pretty close to the hide before we left the Oroklini Lake. And we were happy that we had managed to save the Cetti's Warbler.

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, Rörhöna

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus, Rörhöna
Common Moorhen

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Oroklini Lake (Λίμνη Ορόκλινης)
Today's track at Oroklini Lake (Λίμνη Ορόκλινης)

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Oroklini Lake (Λίμνη Ορόκλινης), Larnaka, Cyprus
Mar 13, 2021 10:55 - 11:43
Protocol: Traveling
2.43 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
13 species

Northern Shoveler 3
Greater Flamingo 30
Common Moorhen 2
Eurasian Coot 25
Black-winged Stilt 2
Spur-winged Lapwing 1
Common Redshank 1
Hooded Crow 1
Common Chiffchaff 1
Cetti's Warbler 1 Passed it on the road, made a U-turn to go back to see if it was dead or alive. We took it in to the car and I held it until we reached the hide. Then we gave to bird water and it was soon flying away. We were very happy that the bird was OK!
House Sparrow 5
White Wagtail (alba) 1
European Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83288567

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Last stop for today will be Akhna Dam where we will have our picnic lunch. The plan was to have the picnic at the Oroklini Lake, but we had bought crisp with the ice cream so we were really not hungry. So we decided to have the picnic at the Akhna Dam. Akhna Dam is located close to the Turk Cypriote border so we drive along military forts, border fence and look out towers.

The water level in the Akhna Dam is very high so we cannot drive out in the area as we did last time. We were soon making a U-turn and we go back to park next to the water.

We looked at Coots, Lapwings and Great Crested Grebes while enjoying the picnic.

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Akhna (Άχνας) Dam
Spur-winged Lapwing

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Akhna (Άχνας) Dam
Great Crested Grebe

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Akhna (Άχνας) Dam
Today's track at Akhna (Άχνας) Dam


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Akhna (Άχνας) Dam, Ammochostos, Cyprus
Mar 13, 2021 12:12 - 12:50
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 kilometer(s)
Checklist Comments: Bird watching with Cyprus Bird Watching Tours.
12 species

Great Crested Grebe 1
Collared Dove 4
Laughing Dove 1
Common Swift 2
Eurasian Coot 10
Spur-winged Lapwing 2
Common Kestrel 1
Common Magpie 3
Hooded Crow 2
Crested Lark 2
Common Starling 3
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S83289457

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Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Akhna (Άχνας) Dam
Passing an abandoned village full of mines

Birding/ Bird watching on Cyprus - Akhna (Άχνας) Dam
Passing an abandoned village full of mines

We drove back to Paphos and next birding will be on Monday and I will spend the Sunday looking for birds in Paphos. I hope the weather is good tomorrow and you just need to click HERE to find out if we see any birds.


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