Monday 19 September 2011

Birding in Cape Greco area Day 2

Numbers of birds were reduced from Monday’s haul though there was still enough to keep you interested. Another 5:30am start proved beneficial as we saw 60 Honey Buzzards move through Cape Greco very early, with many flyovers no more than a hundred feet above us. Alongside them were a couple Hobby’s, one Osprey, two Marsh Harrier and a couple ringtail harriers, most likely Montagu’s. Bee Eaters continued to move south in high numbers along with Isabelline Wheatears, Eastern Black-eared, Northern and Cyprus Pied. Further passerines included many Whinchat, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Barred Warbler, 60 Red-rumped Swallow and two Citrine Wagtails (Achna Dam).

Whiskered Tern

A second visit to Achna Dam proved fruitful as there were six Whiskered Terns feeding close to the water edge as well as good numbers of mixed waders.

Whiskered Tern

The weather is ridiculously hot and humid, reaching a max 39 degs by midday, all but halting concentrated birding. Not content to remain static, we turned our attention to some local dragonflies. Unusual species included Black Percher, Black Pennant, Violet Dropwing, Red-veined Dropwing, Small Skimmer, Lesser Emperor, Vagrant Emperor, Slender Skimmer and hundreds of Red-veined Darter.

Slender Skimmer

First year Curlew Sandpiper

First year Red-backed Shrike, the most common passerine

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