Birds of Cyprus

April 1998 - scanned from Fuji slides and negatives

The Fujichrome 100 ASA slides have held their vivid colours well .Unfortunately, the 400 ASA films got very hot when I left them in the car for about an hour. The canisters were so hot I'm amazed any of the films survived. The first few pictures of each film were lost.

All photographs copyright Paul Gale Bird Photography

Alpine Swift Black-eared Wheatear Black-headed Bunting
Black-headed Wagtail Caspian Plover Caspian Tern
Cattle Egret Collared Flycatcher Collared Pratincole
Black Francolin Cyprus Pied Wheatear Crested Lark
Little Crake Eastern Bonelli's Warbler Glossy Ibis
Great-spotted Cuckoo Little Bittern Little Egret
Marsh Sandpiper Masked Shrike Purple Heron
Red-rumped Swallow Roller Ruff
Short-toed Lark Slender-billed Gull Spanish Sparrow
Squacco Heron Sardinian Warbler Stone Curlew
Tawny Pipit Wheatear spp Cyprus Wood Sandpiper
Woodchat Shrike Wryneck Yellow Wagtail

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Highlight was a quail migrating in off sea at Paphos, and the Caspian Plover 17 April 1998

Hooded crows, swallows, house sparrows from jeep from airport

Cape Greko - 7 am, Masked Shrike, 2 black-headed buntings, hoopoe, bee-eaters, red-rumped swallow, isabelline wheatears, m Marsh Harrier in tree.


Larnaca - salt pools many waders, Little stints, Greenshanks, Black-winged stilts, 50+ Marsh Sandpipers, Ruff, 1x Greater Flamingo, 10+ Slender-billed Gulls (pinkish hue on breast), Male Collared Flycatcher, dark phase Eleonora's falcon (very slender winged), 20+ Bee-eaters on lines outside Larnaca.


B3, Crested Lark, eastern form of Jackdaw, 2 rollers.

18 April, Saturday

Larnaca, 2 Greater Flamingoes, 10+ Kentish plovers, 50+ Marsh Sandpipers, Ruffs, Common Sandpiper, Crested Larks, Little Stints, Greenshanks, 10+ Slender-billed gulls (red eye, black bill, long slim body)


Coast road to Aija Napa, 1 Wryneck

19 April 1998, Sunday, trip to Akrotiri/Pahpos

From car, Montague's Harrier, Roller on line, Alpine swifts 2

Zakaki Pools

1f Pallid Harrier (very pale), Marsh Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Squacco Heron, 2 Purple Herons

Little Egrets, 1f Pintail, Garganeys, Shoveller

Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, f Collared Flycatcher

Drove around Lake Akritiri - Marsh Sands, KPs and Kestrel

Phasouri Reed beds,

20+ Glossy Ibis, 11 Cattle Egrets, Garganey, f Marsh Harrier, 1 Bittern, Squacco Herons, Fan-tailed Warblers, Purple Heron, 20+ Marsh Sandpipers


Episkopi Road, 2 Alpine swifts

Pafos Lighthouse

Hoopoe,. Blue-headed Wagtail, 20+ Black-headed Wagtail, Woodchat, 2x Grey Herons flying over, Crested Larks, f Caspian Plover, Swallows, Kestrel,

Asprokremnos pools, 2 Little Crakes, 1 Squacco Heron




20 April 1998 - Monday

Zakaki pools, 15 Purple herons flying over, Marsh Sandpipers, 5 Wood Sandpipers, Black-winged stilt, Little Egret, 1 Squacco Heron - feeding along far edge, Reeve, 4 Squaccos along far bank, Grey heron, LRP,


Phazouri reed beds, Little Egrets


Akritiri gravel pits

Whinchat, 2 pratincoles flying, 2 rollers, 1 spotted flycatcher


Paphos lighthouse, f Caspian plover, Black-headed Wagtails, Pied Flycatcher m,

Asprokremnos pools, 1 Night Heron, 10+ Alpine swifts, 2 red-rumped swallows, 1 great-spotted cuckoo

21 April 1998, Tuesday

Paphos lighthouse, 6-00 am to 8:30 am

2Red-throated pipits, many Black-headed Wagtails, 1 Ruff, 2 Short-toed Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Hoopoe, Crested Larks, 2 Tawny pipits, Nightingale

Black Francolin singing in corn from road to Asprokremnos pools - 2 Little Bitterns (f), 3 Squacco herons, m Garganey, Little Crake, Coot, Moorhen, Chuka

Marsh Harrier, Roller displaying, 1 Squacco heron nearly run-over in road


Afternoon trip to west coast, 8 Night herons flying, singing Cyprus pied wheatear, Bee-eater on lines, red-rumped swallows,


Paphos lighthouse, 21 Short-toed larks, Ruff, 15 Spoonbills flying over Paphos lighthouse, 1 Woodchat, 1 m Collared Flycatcher, f Golden oriole flying, Kestrel, Great tit

22 April 1998  - Wednesday

Paphos lighthouse - 1 m Masked shrike, Black-headed Wagtails, 1 Woodchat, Nightingale, Hoopoe


Road to Pollis - Roller flying

Polis, Cyprus Pied Wheatear, Corn Bunting


Stream by church - Black-headed Bunting - male drying after bath, m Collared Flycatcher, Woodchat, Great tit, Bee-eaters, Red-rumped Swallows picking up mud, Goldfinches, Linnets, m Redstart, Spanish Sparrow, Olivaceous Warbler, Sparrowhawk, m Golden oriole in tree, m Sardinian Warbler


Paphos lighthouse - pm, Masked shrike, 2 Cyprus pied Wheatears, flock of shor-toed Lark, Crested Lark, 3 Gull-billed Terns, 6 Night herons, trying to land in trees by Apollo, 1f Northern Wheatear, Yellow-legged gull, m+f Pied Flycatcher, Wood warbler, 1 Tawny Pipit, Greenfinch, 2 Whinchat, Hoopoe, 2 invasions of Bee-easters, Collared dove, house sparrow, 4 LRP, Kestrel, Black-headed Wagtails

23 April 1998 Thursday

Paphos lighthouse 6-30 am

5 Caspian Terns, 2 Gull-billed Terns, 3 Stone Curlews (2+1) flying in off sea. Woodchat shrike.

After breakfast, 1 Isabelline wheatear, 3 Tawny Pipits, 15+ Short-toed Larks, 4 Little-ringed Plovers



1 Collared pratincole, 2 Woodchats on posts, 1 Stone Curlew landed on beach, 1 Isabelline wheatear, 1 Tawny pipit, m Golden Oriole

Asprokremnos dam - 1 pm Cyprus Warblers singing, Spectacled Warblers display flight, Temink's stint, Wood Sandpiper


Road to Troodos from Aspro-pools

2 Rollers


Mandria - f Black-eared Wheatear


Aspro pools 3:30 pm

Little Bittern flying into reds, 2 Ortalon Buntings, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 red-rumped swallows and Alpine Swifts skimming over pools to drink. 2 Squacco Herons flying


Paphos light house 5:00 pm

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler (pale grey different contact call to Chiffchaff) Bee-eaters flying through, f-Black-eared Wheatear - eastern race, 4 Northern Wheatears