In my blog I currently reports about bird life and nature of the island of Cyprus with Infos, images and video.
Older articles from 2016 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
Or let say from Ground Level on 1950 meters in the Troodos Mountains, the winter time is no easy time for the birds remaining on the island. While there are no major problems of the weather and forage in the lower regions, but the winter is not indented in the mountains still at the moment. Good for the wildlife you might think, but is unfortunately not the case.
The official hunting season in Cyprus starts in November and lasts until the end of February and this is a big problem for the Birds.
Over 60,000 licenses were resold by the State this year. Many bird species such as the Blackbird, Song thrush, Fieldfare and Mistle thrush are released for the launch, regardless of aid efforts for this species in the other European countries thus appear downright absurdum.
I met a very late guest end of November at the Achna dam. The Ospreys at this time is actually long in more southerly areas, but this Osprey is obvious enough fish in the dam and the weather is not too bad.
Zakaki poolside in the port area of Limassol, some of the reeds was liberated the water inlets. In the outdoor area is season for the penduline Tit, however it was very windy when I visited and no bird watch. A grey heron and an egret came up from the middle of the pool and flew toward the Salt Lake.
Here some photos
It's been a while since the last newsletter from me but the summer 2017 was characterised by extreme heat for the little remaining birds and also for the inhabitants of the
island. So I kept until again look out for with August 31 for the first time, where even migratory birds can be found.
In the large, dried-out Akrotiri Salt Lake I am struck, a water channel from the harbour area provided a linen strips with a little water on the bird life, again and again in the early morning during this time ceased.
In some video clips, suffers from the image quality through the strong flickering hot air, a phenomenon that made impossible for the more movies often already with the sunrise at 06:30.
For several years we operate a feeding site for stray cats in the fruit tree garden. New cats are trapped after a settling-in period and by "Paphiakos Anmimal Welfare" medical supplies including sterilization. Then the cats newly set up their Habitat around our feeding area and are also get very trusting.
Now a new roommate has been added, my wife was visibly surprised as this Long-eared hedgehog asserts itself on the feeding place between the cats and felt not much disturbed by their presence.
Have fun at the see him with the cats.......
I am back from Germany, where I the last two months in the House construction of our daughter helped something with family.
The residence of Altmannstein in Bavaria is situated in the Altmühl Valley nature park, not far from the confluence of the main-Danube Canal in the Danube. In short, in the middle of a magnificent piece of Earth with unspoilt nature.
I had to twice the opportunity meet the sources area of the river Schambach in Schamhaupten and was surprised, what is are all in the spring pool and Creek flowing around the, in the water and in the air.
Also recommended, this place is an oasis of calm.
The reconstruction of the port area in Limassol 2013 built a large rain water channel, which touched the flow of water in the Zakaki Marsh area and Salt Lake.
Promised was a sustainable restoration of the marsh area, the surface of the water and the Habitat of the bird world, even a visitor hide was raised.
Three years later, the reeds abounds hardly more free water surface area, fewer and fewer birds, more and more pollution caused by waste.
The Golden oriole is always late in time also one of the last Birds as spring migration travelers.
The mulberry tree with its sweet fruit acts almost like a magnet on the Orioles. On their journey from Africa back to Europe in the breeding areas the Orioles will find the fruit-covered Mulberry on Cyprus, as if the birds so plan it.
In the German-speaking countries the Golden oriole on the basis of his citrus-golden-yellow feathers also called "Vireos". Many people have never seen the as flashy feathered Golden oriole in the wild.
Usually, the Golden oriole in the higher trees canopy is hiding.
Swifts fascinate and inspire nature lovers and ornithologists from all over the world due to their unique properties.
Swifts were born to fly and spend their lives almost exclusively in the air. Only when the time comes for the young they come back to their breeding grounds. Common Swifts are generally arrive early March in Cyprus.
BirdLife Cyprus has launched a project for the protection and assistance for the swallows, because here in Cyprus more nesting sites lost through demolition or renovation of old buildings.
To support the project I started also a documentary, which I will continue in the next few weeks.
Looking after the migratory birds a lot requires more effort this spring, the number of bird migration has declined significantly.
The news that the number of migratory birds has been dramatically back come from many European countries. In Germany, the number of breeding pairs has decreased in the last 10 years by 57%, the number of breeding pairs decreased over 60% has declined throughout the EU.
Intensive agriculture, destroyed areas of life, pharmaceuticals and chemistry anywhere an Hunting, our eco system is destroyed and the policy protects the "polluter pays". One reason more intensively to proceed against the bird deaths, and also bird murder here in Cyprus, but also to Italy, Malta, Spain and especially in Egypt with some hundert of Kilometers Net and Trappers.
It's been quite some time since the last bird newsletter.
Now the spring bird migration is just at its peak, new and interesting messages about incoming or overflying species come from anywhere on the island.
Until now, the circumstances with which brought that stretches my observation area primarily on the home garden and the tree land, as well as on the neighbouring meadows and orchards.
Only twice have I managed to look on the Akrotiri peninsula and found various Wheatears in addition to waterfowl.
It is now is the time where many young chameleons on the way to new areas and unfortunately are many vehicles overwhelmed them.
My wife has brought the Chameleon from the road and put in our garden back in the bushes. You see here a few video scenes of them.
The Spring Migration has not yet properly begun, the Stonechat are still always outnumbered, golden plover in Mandria in larger groups are also seen.
Looking after rising through migratory birds I went before a few days along the river of Ezousa. After the rains in January only small trickle remains by the River which is fed by a Dam from the mountains. Way there is actually no, only lanes of farmers and hunters, which you can follow.
Slow driving, you have the bushes, trees and keep the grounds in the eye and unusual look. So I noticed in passing, which depends on an unusual structure in a Bush in the Bush about 10 m away..
In the January 2017, there were very few migratory birds as winter visitors, mostly just many Sparrows, Linnet, Serin and common Chiffchaff, also the usual Sardinian Warblers and Blackcap.
Surprisingly many Thrushes which served the hunters again in large numbers as a hunting destination. There I met at a young man at Agia Varvara who was going to pick a plastic bag containing 15-16 Song thrushes. He told me his hunting yield from the last day be proud and he can sell the plucked birds at the unit price of 3-4 euro. He responded only with a shrug to my objection that these birds with much financial effort are protected in many European countries.
Answer: "there so many birds come to Cyprus and's many fly further, some stay here..."