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


Outside Zakaki Pool - October 2018

Water rails, spotted crake, Little Crake and many others, here you can see what I encountered in the early morning everything

Location - Outside Zakaki pool, Cyprus, Limassol, Zakaki Marsh, 8th. October 2018

Camera Panasonic GH5 + Metabones Ultra + Canon EF 100-400 f4 - 5,6 L IS USM + TC1,4x


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Akrotiri-Zakaki Pool and Marsh 2018

Now, at the end of September 2018, the water-leading outdoor areas at the Zakaki pool are inhabited by the young birds of the water rail and spotted Crake, added Snipes, Moorhen and other waterfowl and waders.

There are also wasps buzzards on the way, as well as the many pipe consecrations. By contrast, the post-Heron are almost completely deducted.


The grey herons that are to be seen have moved their sleeping places almost exclusively into the almost dry Salt Lake.

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September 2018 - Honey buzzards during bird migration

Around the Akrotiri Salt Lake in September, in the morning hours, large groups of Honey buzzards to be seen, which came from here sleeping places surrounding mountains in Limassol area to the meeting points around the Akrotiri Salt Lake.


There, the buzzards start to use with rising temperatures the forming thermals over the Akrotiri marsh region with their circular glides and rise to high altitudes. 


Groups around the 100-200 buzzards are not a rarity.


Once you have reached the ideal starting altitude, start your next flight to the nearest destination on your trip to the south.

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Summer Birds Cyprus 2018

Rohrweihe, Western Marsh Harrier, Circus aeroginosus, Cyprus, Akrotiri Marsh, 08.09.2018 2018
Rohrweihe, Western Marsh Harrier, Circus aeroginosus, Cyprus, Akrotiri Marsh, 08.09.2018 2018

In August I visit several Days the little Pool at Ineia - Pittokopos and also on several days in the Akrotiri Marsh on the road with the camera.

In the early morning hours at sunrise at the Zakaki pool warn all Heron species on the way, the one left the pool, the Night Heron and Grey Heron came back to their sleeping and breeding grounds.

In the pool to the left of the visitor hide went the water tilted, 2 days later was miraculously filled the pool area again well. Very much to the delight of the 3 kingfishers, which settle there on the seat branches alternately.

And then there are also the three pipe consecrations, which in the air often disagree and show glorious situations for the photographer in the air.

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Summer Extremes for the bird life of the island of Cyprus

Summer in Cyprus, the months of July and August offer the highest temperatures for holidaymakers, but they are looking for the sun for a bathing holiday. The summer 2018, however, even for local conditions even more extreme and long-lasting temperature periods in the luggage.

For nature, especially the bird species that spend the summer on the island, the extreme conditions and long distances from their ancestral habit to the next watering point. In the search for a nest cavity was used by Hoopoe in the spring in an olive tree, I accidentally found such a watering point and where water is, there is life.

I have therefore prepared an info for you in July. Which shows what is so flying and comes to the water.

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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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