A very rare guest has evaporated to us on the island. The Mourning Wheatear had only been spotted and registered on the island of Cyprus 2 times until January 2019.
In recent weeks, 3 birds of this species have been spotted on the island, but presumably it was always the same bird observed on its round trip. The home of the Mourning Wheatear its in the mountainous region and desert areas of North Africa, Jordan, North Syria.
As a bird of the year or a short puller, it is rather unusual to observe him here in foreign habitat.
On Monday, February 18, the Mourning Wheatear was discovered and reported by Ian Murphy in Agios Georgios on Cape Drepanum, just outside my doorstep. As early as the early morning on Tuesday, the
first birdwatchers and photographers were on hand. The bird was pleasingly not shy, probably it comes from an area where the species humans do not yet affect their area of life.
Three days now I had the opportunity to photograph the guest and record some video clips. It was also a great experience for me out of the camouflage tent or lying on the ground with the camera watching the bird. At times he approached me for up to about 3m during the foraging. The new EOS R camera does not produce any noise when triggered and so he did not feel disturbed.
Today, Friday February 22 I unfortunately did not see him in the early morning, I hope he has a good journey home.
At this time I put together a small selection in the picture gallery. As soon as the video is finished, I set it here and on my YouTube channel.
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