12-09-2005

The second day Akrotiri and surroundings again failed to give me Demoiselles but Maaike enjoyed the Flamingos anyway. Pretty much the same birds as yesterday. The small pools along Ladies Mile Beach not only held Kentish Plover (a whole bunch of them) but also at least one Greater Sand Plover. Zakaki Pond was just a bit less interesting than the day before. This time a Reed Warbler was singing from the reeds but it wouldn’t show. Other interesting bird was a juvenile Montagu’s Harrier.
On the way back we tried for Kensington Cliffs but had difficulties finding it. First we went to a beack site. Near Episkopi, just before the turn of to the famous Kourion archaeological site there is a turn off to a beach. From there I had good views of several Eleonora’s Falcons on the cliffs. But that was pretty much it and Kensington Cliffs were still too far to scan. We paid Kourion a visit strictly for tourist reasons but I was happy with the onlyIsabellinne Wheatear of the trip foraging the ruins. After that we tried to get a good look at Kensington Cliffs and after a bit of searching we found a road that descended to the beach and gave the views we hoped for (sorry, not signposted and hard to explain but the best thing to do is to follow the road from Episkopi along the coast and pass Kourion and some other archaeological sites on the right of the road and to find the first unpaved road to the left, before you pass a small military town). But no vultures to be found. We drove on along the road to the Kensington military camps and it was there that Maaike saw a vulture soaring low over the road. We stopped and our first Griffon Vulture was a fact. Within 10 minutes at least 6 different Griffons came in from inland apparently on their way to Kensington Cliffs after a morning of feeding more inland. Nice also were the migrating Bee-eaters, a flock of at least 40 birds.
The rest of the day I was free from birding obligations.