- This was our third spring visit to Cyprus and the second based at Protaras, handily placed for Cape Greco and Paralimni Lake where much of our birding was done. As on our last visit in 2007, this part of the island remained really under-watched and it suited us to search for our own birds...Ian Kinley reports.
The Dhiarizos Valley - Cyprus
- I thought it would be fun to have a crack at finding Black headed and Cretzschmar’s Buntings. No particular reason for this decision as they are not lifers but they do, to me, epitomise the birds to be found around Cyprus’s foothills....Steve Baines reports.
- This short report has been compiled to cover our latest trip to Paphos, whilst we did not expect to see too much we were very pleased to see some interesting birds...Bob Shiret reports.
Winter Bird Watching in Northern Cyprus
- In the winter, I found birds very few and far between and when spotted they were mostly very shy and rarely gave good views. You have to work very, very hard to see good birds in Cyprus in the winter.....Nick Plumb reports.
- Our evening visit to Asprokremos dam produced an Osprey sitting on the post and a Marsh Harrier over the water. An ex pat british birder called us over to look at a Juv. Peregrine Falcon that he had been watching for some time...Steve and Sue Wilce report.
we’d all visited
Cyprus previously, none of us had ever been based as far
east as Protaras and a number of the sites visited on this
trip were new to us all. Protaras proved to be a good base,
being particularly handy for Cape Greco where much of our
birding was done...Ian Kinley reports
- Walking to the desserted village of
Foinikas, the riverside bushes were full of chirrupping Spanish
Sparrows in their hundreds, and we even spotted a Kingfisher,
obligingly perched on a nearby reed stem. Along the way, Crested
Larks sang and Great Spotted Cuckoos cackled noisily, showing
off in the scattered bushes...Chris and Alison
- A short report and list from Tom
- We planned to arrive at Phassouri reedbeds reasonably early, however, we did not arrive until 9.10 a.m. where we were greeted by Woodchat Shrike and 4 Cattle Egrets, then the birds we had been looking for appeared from behind a banking: 2 Spur Winged Plovers...Steve and Sue Wilce report
- The photo was
taken in the Lara Bay area, just west of Avigas Gorge in
Cyprus by Mark Askew.
- This was a birding holiday based at
Girne, North Cyprus. North Cyprus is a good site during migration
especially when the weather is overcast with some rain. The birds
varied daily but migrants disappeared when the sun shone....John
Easter in Cyprus
- Our family had our third holiday in
Cyprus in early April, a couple of weeks later than our
first spring holiday there. We stayed at the Venus Beach
Hotel, just to the West of Paphos, on the coast (very close
to the Tombs of the Kings, one of the main tourist spots)...Kenneth
Noble reports. (Photo: Little
Cyprus in winter
- A non-intensive birding week based in Paphos
confined to the west of the island, mainly the Paphos area, apart
from a mainly non-birding trip to the Troodos mountains and a
full day at the pools in Lanarca....Sean Huggins
- This was my second visit to Cyprus. The
birding was interesting but, so late in the season, there were
few signs of migration. I spent quite a bit of time wandering
around the hotel area (right next to the Tombs of the Kings).
I came across a dried up stream bed about 400 m west of the Venus
which still had a few pools of standing water....It held many
warblers and, for a couple of days a handsome male bluethroat....Kenneth
- My non-birding wife wanted a family
holiday in Cyprus. Never having visited Cyprus before we selected
the Elia Latchi Hotel village in Latchi to be our base for 14
days. We chose this resort on the basis of its location in a small
village close to the birding hot spots of Evretou dam, Bath of
Aphrodite, Neo Chorio and Polis reeds which all were within 15
min drive by car from the hotel. Generally I did pre-breakfast
walks around the hotel - which yielded almost all species we saw....Dr.
Michael Riffel reports.
- Each year an estimated 12,5 million
migrant passerines are illegally shot, trapped, pickled
and sold as expensive delicacies in Cypriot restaurants.
Proact has pledged its support to local conservationists
to put a stop to this disgusting trade. Give us your support
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- An enjoyable weeks break but luckily I did
not have too high an expectation of vast lists and many lifers,
this is possibly the quietest time for birds on Cyprus with Migration
and Breeding over and Winter visitors just arriving. It is also
very dry with few pools/reservoirs holding water and attracting
birds...Robert Payne reports.
Cyprus- A Winter visit
- There is very little information available
on birding Cyprus in the winter.....I found birding difficult
on the island. The birds were few and far between and when they
were present, rarely gave themselves up to view. However, some
of the birds which did show themselves were superb and of species
which can be difficult to see easily in the Western Palearctic...Ken
A week in Cyprus
- It was a last minute decision to visit Cyprus
for a one week birding break this autumn. I knew that it was a
well-known destination in spring but very little of the literature
I read mentioned much about its potential for an autumn visit.
Still, after ascertaining that a late September visit would still
produce the endemic Cyprus warbler and Cyprus pied wheatear,as
well as the chance of some good passage and resident species,
I decided to give it a try...Dominic Le Croissette reports.
A Holiday in Cyprus
Our holiday was excellent, even though
the weather had been unusually cold and wet. This had delayed
migration. With hindsight, even in a more average season, we
would probably have gone in late April. We only saw one over-wintering
species, Greater Sand Plover, and missed some reliable summer