SOUTHERN CYPRUS - APR/MAY 2008

CAROLINE AND MYSELF TOOK A PACKAGE DEAL BASED IN SOUTH WEST CYPRUS (AT PAPHOS). CYPRUS IS A VERY POPULAR SPRING LOCATION, ATTRACTING A GOOD RANGE OF PASSAGE MIGRANTS, EXCITING BREEDING SPECIES AND A VARIETY OF OTHER WILDLIFE TOO.

DESPITE THE DROUGHT, WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR MANY WETLAND SITES BEING PARTLY OR TOTALLY DRY, AND MISSING THE BULK OF THE MIGRATION  (WE WERE PROBABLY A COUPLE OF WEEKS TOO LATE FOR MANY PASSERINES), WE STILL SAW AND PHOTOGRAPHED MANY SPECIES. WE EXPLORED MUCH OF SOUTHERN CYPRUS, FROM THE AKAMAS PENINSULA, IN THE NORTH WEST, TO CAPE GRECO AND THE ACHNA DAM IN THE EAST. ORIKLINI MARSH, PHASSOURI REEDBEDS, ASPROKREMNOS DAM AREA AND POOLS, THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS AND SOME FANTASTIC LITTLE PARTLY FLOODED FIELDS CLOSE TO PAPHOS WERE AMONG OTHER SITES VISITED. 

A SMALL SELECTION OF PHOTOS FROM THESE EXCURSIONS, AND ELSEWHERE, ARE SHOWN BELOW.

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BEE EATER - NR. PAPHOS, CYPRUS: MAY 2008


CRETZSCHMAR'S BUNTING - AKAMAS PENINSULA, CYPRUS: MAY 2008


   

CYPRUS PIED WHEATEAR - AKAMAS PENINSULA, CYPRUS: APR 2008


CYPRUS WARBLER - ASPROKREMNOS POOL, CYPRUS: MAY 2008


 

GREAT SNIPE -  NR. PAPHOS, CYPRUS: APR 2008


 

 

VIOLET DROPWING - ACHNA DAM, CYPRUS: MAY 2008


 

RED FOOTED FALCON - ANARITA PARK, NR. PAPHOS, CYPRUS: MAY 2008


SCARLET DARTER - NATA FORD, CYPRUS: APR 2008


 

SPUR WINGED PLOVER - NR. PAPHOS, CYPRUS: APR 2008


 

SQUACCO HERON - NR. PAPHOS, CYPRUS: APR 2008


 

NERIUM OLEANDER - ASPROKREMNOS POOL, CYPRUS: APR 2008


 

SPOTTED CRAKE - ASPROKREMNOS POOL, CYPRUS: APR 2008


 

EGYPTIAN FRUIT BAT - PAPHOS, CYPRUS: APR 2008


 

SUNSET - PAPHOS, CYPRUS: APR 2008


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