Bird Watching in Sunny Cyprus 2016
The Long and Arduous Journey
Just had 3 great weeks in Cyprus, relaxing, eating far too much and enjoying the Cypriot hospitality. However, my wife and I managed to walk off some of the calories everyday by visiting the Paphos Archaeological Park and Lighthouse. This is a great location for bird watching and many migrant birds from Africa and the Middle East make their arduous journey to Europe and stop over in this area to feed and rest before they move on through the Island. The park has some excellent habitats for the birds. The island of Cyprus is a resting point for most of the migrant birds who will then move on up to mainland Europe. The journey is fraught with danger from natural predators and human hunters. As we walked the park we met many like-minded bird watchers who shared their valued knowledge and kept everyone up to speed on the latest arrivals. Overall we were lucky to see over 60 species of birds during our stay and included birds we had never seen during our last visit. These included the Great Spotted Cuckoo, Red Throated Pipit, Bluethroat and Glossy Ibis. Some of the birds I was lucky enough to catch on film and can be viewed in the New Image Gallery. I would like to thank all the fellow birders who we met during our stay on the island of Cyprus. Next time I will certainly hire a car and visit the other birding sites on the island. We only scratched the surface in the location we were at, so, hopefully we have more birding adventures on the beautiful island of Cyprus in the not so distant future.