Cyprus Nature and Birds - Current images in the blog 2018

In my blog I currently reports about bird life and nature of the island of Cyprus with Infos, images and video.

Older articles from 2017 to 2011 you can find in my Blog Archives with many infos and photos as well.

 

Note: you can find more photos of the birds shown here on the blog in the taxonomic list photo gallery

 


5 juvenile Little Owl´s in Slow motion

juvenile Little Owls - Feeding Scene


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Juvenile Little Owl´s - third week outside

Now the common time with the little owl family is so slowly coming to an end, when I come to the hotbed, the boys fly to more distant places.

 

They have become somewhat accustomed to the big Bush (My tent) in front of their place, but safety and the warning cries of the adults is now going on.

 

However, they still like to receive the feeding in the usual place and it happens that one of the others snatches the food away. Only when the mother is distributed everything remains peaceful.


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Video Clip Part 1 - 5 juvenile Little Owl´s

the Video shows the 5 Juvenile little owl at the nest cavity in here Habitat.


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Lttle Owl calling

A little owl calls in the breeding season

Preview Project Video


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Video clip 1 Little Owl breeding

For preliminary information A short excerpt from the Life of the new Little Owl family with 4 young birds in the Anarita Park Cyprus.

The final version of the project video will be released later.


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Little Owl - breeding sesson 2018

Since the beginning of April I am 2-3 x the week in the Anarita Park area at the nesting site of the stone Strigidae family to capture the entire breeding season and rearing of the stone Strigidae family – "Athena Noctua" in a video and photo project

Now, with the first sighting of the young birds at the entrance of the nest cavity was, I start my blog entry and show photos of the protagonists and the location and will also write something about the species "little owl in Cyprus".

The little owl is a very frequently represented Bird in Cyprus. Since it is a partly "day hunter" It is always easy to find in the corresponding habitats.


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Short-toed Treecreeper - Cyprus Endemic-sub species

With this Video "Short-toed Treecreeper" I am starting my new Viedeo serial about the Cyprus Endemic-sub species

 

This little brown bird is difficult to spot as it creeps like a tiny mouse around tree trunks and branches to find insects and spiders, which it then extracts from the tree bark with its thin curved beak.

This Bird is a common resident of the forests of Troodos and Pafos.

 

Hope you like it, your comment are welcome


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Montagus Harrier on Migration

6 x Montagus Harrier in one stroke.

The Montagus Harrier, 2 x male and 4 x female, I found on May 2 at the same time over the hilly Anarita Park area to draw their circles.

A little later I was able to observe 2 Harrier in the immediate vicinity on the hunt. The super gliders took advantage of the east wind and showed their flying skills while searching and hunting.

The Montagus Harrier are passing every year on their way  from Africa to Europe on the island, but mostly remain only 2-3 days in our area.


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Troodos - Mount Olympos – Giant Pine Area

Since February, I'm watching the birds in this area on the mount Olympos.

 

Each season has always its inimitable aroma in the air up here in the pine forest of Troodos. Now in the spring, the temperatures in the early morning hours have become considerably more pleasant and the daytime temperatures will reach soon the highs.

 

 

Early summer with daily temperatures rise then also the shortage of water for the birds up there again becomes a problem; so many species simultaneously at the few water points and occasionally trained rain puddles will arrive.

 


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European Roller and Red-footed Falcon

The Roller gratifying number of breeding arrived in the area of Asprokremmos and Anarita.

 

Almost at the same time, the lesser Kestrel, red-footed falcon and some Montagu´s Harriers to the stopover is arrived to recover from the first part of their journey and strengthen for the onward flight in the breeding areas.

 

The power lines along the dirt roads are the best overview in the hunt on the large and small insects in the dry meadows and fields.

 


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Akrotiri Marsh - Spring 2018

Akrotiri Marsh - Fasouri Reed bed

Is not all "in butter" in the converted Fasouri wetland but the wetland water management and the natural “reeds mowers” work as planned. Watch is all in the area of the Northern visitors hide.

 

Water is the magic formula that have brought back such as typical Waterfowls as the Garganey, Teal, Ferruginous, Norther Shoveler and Mallard back in this area of Akrotiri Marsh.

 

Pleasing to observe that the ducks offspring there is. Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, little Egret, purple Herons and even the cattle egrets on site. A large number of coots and gallinules, waders, little Grebe and Kingfisher and again Pallid Swifts fly over the wetlands.

 


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Wings on the Wind - BirdLife Cyprus documentary

BirdLife Cyprus documentary - Wings on the Wind

 

How did we learn about the wonder of bird migration? How long does it take? What difficulties do birds face on this journey?

 

These are some of the questions that the 20-minute documentary deals with, while presenting impressive footage of natural landscapes and birds in Cyprus: from our endemic species, the Cyprus Wheatear and the Cyprus Warbler, to the unmistakeable Roller and the bright-coloured Bee-eater.


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Oroklini Lake - February 2018

Oroklini Lake - February 2018

 

I visited the Oroklini Lake in the early morning on the last day of February. There were about 90 flamingos on the spot and about 100 cattle egrets.

Also came again larger groups of Duck Lake flying. In the riparian zones were several pairs spur lapwings and some stilt on the road, in the Middle, 2 pairs Pochards we’re watching. Coots, little Grebe, Pintail and Mallard.

Around 8:30, the Lake has emptied; the cattle egret and a great part of the duck are more drawn, presumably to the Larnaca Salt Lake.

 

 


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All of a sudden he was there, the Peacock

That was already a surprise for me when I discovered a large bird in the bushes in a wasteland between Beach and garden equipment.

 

Only when I followed the unknown bird through the bushes I could make out a female Peacock.

 

Several stone chickens stayed in his environment. Later, I could observe how the Peacock in a nearby Orange Grove is flown.

 


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