14-09-2005

Today we had the tourist destination Kykkos in the mountains on our schedule. We left at dawn and drove the quiet and scenic road through the mountains starting a few km east of Pomos. We finally got good looks on those fly-by butterflies crossing the roads: the endemic Cyprus Grayling. Still quite common in the mountains. Another lucky moment with a European Mouflon in the shoulder of the road. Cyprus Wheatear was seen on several locations en route. Kykkos was nice and green with good numbers of butterflies, including CardinalLang’s Short-tailed BlueWhite-banded Grayling and Red Admiral. We visited the monastery and had a great Moussaka lunch with European Crag Martin overhead.
We took the road south through the Troodos mountains and on to Paphos. En route we visited the small town Omodos and some interesting looking spots. Omodos held a Blackcap. Nice route and potential interesting for birds but nothing interesting showed.