Notes on the tours

Dear bird photographers and birdwatchers,

As more and more questions regarding photo tours in Cyprus are received by me, I would like to inform you of the following information about travel and tours to Cyprus for information for your thoughts and plans.

I am pleased to welcome any visitor who is interested in the birdlife of Cyprus here on the island of Cyprus to carry out joint photo tours to the most attractive bird areas in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus is open all year round, there is everything you would like to see here as a nature/bird photographer. The migratory bird-intensive time lasts from September to May, because we also have the most pleasant climate on the island. Autumn and winter, as we know it in Germany, do not exist here, the temperature in October is at 28°C, in November at 25°C, in December-January at 20-22°C, comparable to the spring in Germany. From time to time it can rain (hopefully) and in January everything is wonderfully green and blooms. But the nights can get very chilly already.

The wedding of the bird retreat to Europe is from March to May, since the bird species come from Africa, you can find new (old) bird species on the record lists every day. Flamingos stand in the salt lakes, also pelicans and of course many Limikoles are there.

Bird photography is also connected with short distances, my location is the village of Pegeia/Agios Georgios in the west of the island, directly on the Akamas protected area "Natura 2000," where from June to September the water shield baskets can also be observed laying eggs. The district town of Paphos is 15 km away.

From my location, all photo destinations are usually within 60 – 90 minutes of driving time, off we go in the early morning or in the afternoon. Even the various bird areas in the far east of the island with Capo Greco and Paralimni can be reached within 2 hours.

Cyprus is not a flat bathing island when I go out of the house I am 15 minutes later from sea level to 650 m altitude at the birds in the vineyards and it is up there in summer 4-5 ° C more pleasant than in the beach area. Up in the Troodos mountains with Mount Olympus at 1,950 m there is a ski hotel with a four-seater chairlift, with the spruce cross beak there more interested.

Some travel information for you:

Travel documents: The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the EU, identity card or passport, valid driver's license for car hire, currency is Euro.

Direct flights include Lufthansa from Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf to the Int. Larnaca Airport. Many charter fliers and tour operators also fly directly to the Int. Paphos Airport. You can book flights directly and give me the flight details.

When it comes to accommodation, there are, as you know, plenty of options on a holiday island. Nevertheless, I recommend looking for an offer that offers the flight and accommodation in the package price. The search through a travel agency is very often possible with the best special offers and the fees are not much more expensive than direct bookings over the Internet. For individuals and small groups there are also smaller family hotels here with me, where the rooms with breakfast in the period from November to April for 1 week then get for 25 .--Euro/day. In season, it's around 40 .--euros per night with breakfast.

Car rental: Here in Cyprus there are "links" driven! Speed limit from the 100 km/h highway. I use an off-road vehicle because we mostly move off the roads in the open field. If you would like to carry out your own tours, it is best to book the rental car directly via the Internet so that you can take over the vehicle at the airport and also return it.

Photo Capms: Even without particularly long bags in front of the camera, there are great pictures to capture here, because the birds, for example in the Wetlands, show much less shy. For me, a Berlebach 22 UNI C with Wimberley II, Gitzo 3540 with Benro GH2 and a Manfrotto 055 Pro with conversion plate and small ball head Manfrotto. So I can help out there and you save extra transport. If you have a Kwik Camo, you can bring it with you.
Lenses: 24-35mm for landscape and time lapse, 100mm Marco for orchids, from 400 mm and everything longer for birds is a good choice here.
The photo tours I always start quite early, from about 5:00 goal is to be at sunrise at the locations. From 10am, the light will be harsh. In the afternoon so from 15:30 until sunset in the sea.

Even the non-photographing family appendix has all the possibilities here, except the beach holiday, hiking gates in autumn, lots of antiquity and first-class accommodation and localities, so that the nature photographer can indulge his hobby undisturbed with a clear conscience.

One more note: There is a DVD from the bird protection organisation BirdLife Cyprus, with which I work very closely. You get a lot of information about the (migratory) birdlife in Cyprus and also a good impression of the island itself. If you are interested in the DVD, you can order it from me at the price of 10 .--euros including shipping or directly from WWW.birdlifecyprus.com, in any case, the purchase price flows towards the organisation, which is pleased and thanks for the support.

If you still have detailed questions and would like to plan now, please send me an e-mail.

Greeting from Cyprus

Alberto

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Guidet Tours for bird photographers


 

My new offer for bird photographers-birdwatchers

 

Birds watching or bird photography with experienced bird photographer in personal setting. Come with me in all seasons to the best bird watching sites of the Republic of Cyprus and also support with me the Paphiakos & CCP Animal Welfare Charity No 1529 at Paphos.

 


My tour offers for bird photographers-bird watchers

 

My offer is aimed at bird photographers and bird watchers who want to discover or photograph the bird life of Cyprus during their family holiday on the island. When I come into contact with bird photographers, I am always interested in what lenses and cameras are brought along and also how to imagine the bird photography here on the island. So I can tell you some tips and suggestions before the trip starts. It is not to be forgotten that we drive on the island on the left and the hotspots are usually not easy to find and also not easily accessible.

 

My offer therefore: as your personal guide and nature photographer I bring you to the hotspots in selected tours. My location is Paphos – Pegeia at Cape Drepanum, entrance to the Akamas protected area. I use a Land Rover Freelander 4w drive for the tours. In most cases, the car is also the best place to hide for bird photography. I usually take a maximum of 1-2 photographers on tour.

 

If you have booked your accommodation within 40 km of my location, I will pick you up from your hotel in the early morning (approx. 5:00 pm), so that the destination is always reached before sunrise. In the afternoon at 15:00 o'clock we go back again. Depending on the tour, it is also advisable to arrange a meeting point from which the tour starts.

 

Tour 1- Hotspots around Paphos. Near Paphos there are almost 80% of the bird species found in Cyprus during the year.

My offer includes the pick-up from the hotel, the trip with me to the destinations around Paphos, the return trip to the hotel around 15:00 o'clock. Duration altogether approx. 10 hours.
Drinks (mineral water) in the cool box are included.  As catering I recommend to take a packed lunch of the hotel for the missed breakfast.

For photographers there is always a hip tent, tripods (ARCA Swiss), beanbag and much more on the tours. For excursions in the surrounding area and for your own protection I recommend to bring sturdy shoes.

Costs for 1 person - Tour 1 incl. travel costs is € 120,--.
Costs for 2 persons - Tour 1 incl. travel costs is € 70,-- each.

 

Tour 2 - Limassol, Akrotiri Salt Lake, Zakaki Marsh, Gravel Pit and Akrotiri (Fasouri) Marsh.
Ducks, divers, wading birds, herons, flamingos, birds of prey, stranglers, kingfishers and much more can be found in and around the large salt lake and Akrotiri Marsh area. A unique bird mix or targeted hides in special species, just as you wish.  My offer includes the pick-up at the hotel, the trip with me to the destinations around Akrotiri. Duration approx. 10 hours, return journey to the hotel. Mineral water in the cool box is included, you can order a lunch package in the hotel as compensation for the missed breakfast.

For photographers there is always a Hide tent, tripods (ARCA Swiss), beanbag and much more on the tours. For trips into the surrounding area and for your own protection I recommend to bring sturdy shoes. Who wants to go with me to the salt lake to the flamingos in the early morning, please let me know his shoe size, so that I can provide some rubber sticks from my pool.

Costs for 1 person - tour 2 incl. travel costs is € 120,--.
Costs for 2 persons - Tour 2 incl. travel costs is € 70,-- each.

 

Tour 3 - Troodos Village, Mount Olympus, Paphos Forest
Endemic species such as jay, fir tit, wood creeper and spruce crossbill, Cyprus Wheatear, blackbird, mistle thrush, juniper thrush, song thrush and many more, in uniquely beautiful scenery in the highest region of the island.  Important: The temperatures up in the mountains are very different from the beach areas. Temperatures in the winter months can also be in the minus range in the early morning. My offer includes the pick-up at the hotel, the trip with me to the destinations around Akrotiri. Duration approx. 10 hours, return journey to the hotel. Mineral water in the cool box is included, you can order a lunch package in the hotel as compensation for the missed breakfast.

For photographers there is always a hip tent, tripods (ARCA Swiss), beanbag and much more on the tours. For trips into the surrounding area and for your own protection I recommend to bring sturdy shoes.

To capture the sunrise from Mount Olympos or a starry sky time lapse in the night. If you are interested just ask for more details.

Costs for 1 person - tour 3 incl. travel costs is € 120,--.
Costs for 2 persons - Tour 3 incl. travel costs is € 70,-- each.

 

Tour 4 - Larnaka Salt Lake, Oroklini Lake, Meneou and Pikni Beach with the smaller salt lakes behind the airport
Ducks, divers, wading birds, herons, flamingos, seagulls, ospreys and much more can be found around the salt lake and at the Oroklini Lake the breeding areas of the stilt walkers and the Spur Lapwing and many other species. A unique bird mix or targeted hides in special species, just as you wish.  My offer includes the pick-up at the hotel, the trip with me to the destinations around Akrotiri. Duration approx. 12 hours, return journey to the hotel. Mineral water in the cool box is included, you can order a lunch package in the hotel as compensation for the missed breakfast.

For photographers there is always a hip tent, tripods (ARCA Swiss), beanbag and much more on the tours. For trips into the surrounding area and for your own protection I recommend to bring sturdy shoes.

The Oroklini Lake is an outstanding Natura 2000 project, in which many bird species are also present during the winter time.

Costs for 1 person - tour 4 incl. travel costs is € 150,--.
Costs for 2 persons - Tour 4 incl. travel costs is € 80,-- each.

 

 

Important: Starting point of all tours is my location in Pegeia / Paphos, the pick-up applies to all holiday accommodations within a radius of 30 km to my location. For longer distances, please ask before asking, because then the pick-up times vary to be at the destinations at sunrise.

All gates are designed in such a way that every guest can repeat the tour with his own rental car during his holiday. Who stores the destinations on the spot in his Smartphone Navigator or GPS has so later again and again the possibility to approach these points again.

By the way, during the trips I also tell a lot about photography, about nature and birdlife of Cyprus and am open for questions. Of course there are also tips for photographing. If you want to get additional information about my personal workflow from RAW to the finished picture with Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC and many plug-ins including a cup of coffee, you are cordially invited.

For your information, I can usually only be reached via SMS on my mobile phone, especially when I'm on the road taking pictures or filming. It is best to communicate with me by e-mail, this is constantly monitored. W-LAN is available in the hotels, so you can always stay in touch. Facebook, Instagram or Twitter are not available.

 

Best regards,

 

Albert Stoecker

Prasteiou 1

Cy-8560 Pegeia

 

Phone: + 357 26343830

Mobile Phone: + 357 97608742

Email: albert.stoecker2010@cytanet.com.cy

Website: www.nature-of-cyprus-photography.com


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