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Meeting point Fig Tree - feathered guests March 2020

Meeting Point Fig Tree in our Garden - Agios Georgios
Meeting Point Fig Tree in our Garden - Agios Georgios

Difficult times are these with the Corona Virus for everyone, even here on the island of Cyprus, much is no longer going its usual way.

 

So I have also greatly reduced my trips to the various hotspots for migratory birds. Tourists and photographers as guests have no or very limited access to the island at the moment. The entire BirdLife Cyprus crew has been working with each other from home via telephone and video since 16 March.

 

But regardless of the limitations of the Corona virus, life in nature continues and with it the migration of migratory birds. I would like to tell you something about this.


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Booted Eagle at Akrotiri Marsh

Booted Eagle, Zwergadler am Akrotiri Salt Lake, 29.jan. 2020
Booted Eagle, Zwergadler am Akrotiri Salt Lake, 29.jan. 2020

A week ago, Raya and Howard spotted the Booted Eagles on the Akrotiri Peninsula.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to see the two smal eagles in the Akrotiri Marsh and take some pictures of the Booted Eagle.

The Booted eagles are comparable in size to the Common Buzzard, but have 6 fingers at the wing ends instead of 5.

 One Booted Eagle was seen in the bright morph and the second in the dark morph.


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Akrotiri Marsh - Fasouri Wetlands - Januar 2020

Seidenreiher im Morgenlicht, Standort kleines Hide, Fasouri
Seidenreiher im Morgenlicht, Standort kleines Hide, Fasouri

On Saturday 25 january I was again in the Akrotiri Marsh - Fasouri on the Akrotiri peninsula. I was completely surprised that even there, right by the sea, the grass was covered with a little rough.

There are always large groups of ducks to be seen, but only when they fly a round by the cane harriers terrified. Some dwarf divers and ducks were in the water, Fitis and cane singers fetch the insects from the reed plants.

A Bekasine put a short stop in front of me, silk heron sonands and spurkiebitze also passed again and again on the shores. A kingfisher always stayed at a distance from me in the middle of the pond.


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Miscellaneous in January 2020

Little Owl near Breeding cave, Januar 2020, Anarita Areal, Zypern
Little Owl near Breeding cave, Januar 2020, Anarita Areal, Zypern

The weather in January is very wintry, storms, thunderstorms, heavy rains, everything is there. Not exactly an invitation for migratory birds. So it is not surprising that very few reports / sightings are made.

Also with us in the garden only the sparrows are active and already on the expansion of the nests. A few finches, blood-hangings and sledge, a house red-tail, that's it. In the Anarita area, the stone owl can already be seen around the incubators and, as always, from November, the rock-stone-slingiser is native to the Plateu.

The number of flamingos in the Akrotiri Salt Lake has risen to about 12,500 birds (Colin Richardson) between the holidays. As soon as the weather plays along I will also go to the salt lake.


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New year, new equipment - Panasonic replaces Canon

Panasonic will replace my Canon Equipment at the turn of the year.


Unfortunately, the first mirrorless full-frame camera from Canon EOS R has never delivered the one I had learned since it was purchased in October 2018. Neither in the severely restricted video area nor in the photo area could the EOS R provide the performance of the previously used EOS 5D Mark IV.

In the meantime, Canon has already announced a successor model for the EOS R (after 1 year) instead of upgrading the camera in terms of performance. If you don't want to miss the technical advances that other camera manufacturers have been offering for a long time, a further investment is definitely imminent.


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