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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.