Long beforeI`d booked my trip to Cyprus,I`d always longed to see the Red Footed Falcon,a bird similar in build and size to a Hobby.I knew that it would be peak migration time for these small raptors to stop off on Cyprus and feed up before continuing North!I couldn`t have timed it any better,for reports were given of up to 50 birds hunting and hawking insects in the Anarita park area.I couldn`t get there quick enough,so next morning I was on the road early in anticipation of some close views.
Saturday, 15 June 2013
|Male Red Backed Shrike|
The Red Backed Shrike was the most common of the Shrikes to be found in the shrub and outback of Cyprus.Part of ts Latin name Lanius, means to butcher.This familly of birds are all strong billed,having a toothlike projection.They are notoriously carniverous feeding on small invertebrates,mice and lizards,which they impale on thorney scrubs.The red backed shrike was once to be found in Southern Britain,but disappeared when farming intensified.
Monday, 10 June 2013
Following on from my last blog,I`ve decided to concentrate on some of the farmland species that I came across on my wanderings.Cyprus supports lots of small owner run farms,with potatoes,citrus fruits,grapes and many olive trees being the mainstay crops,ideal for the lowland birds,also much of the land is left alone to grow naturally.One of the most common birds around was the Corn Bunting which you could hear with its jingling call just about everywere!With agricultural intensification at its lowest,these birds are widespread.
I hope you`ve enjoyed viewing some images of the birds of Cyprus and will be back soon with a feature on the Shrikes that were to be seen and found on my travels around this wonderful area. Thanks for stopping by!!!
|A rather non descript bird|
One of the largest buntings in the western palearctic.
|Black Headed Bunting, always perched high on a bush,could be heard continually calling.|
|Unmistakable plummage on this farmland bird.|
|In a way the equivalent to our Yellowhammer.|
|Golden Orioles were flitting through and I couldn`t resist the temptation with the camera.|
|Ortolan Bunting,its significant bright eyering and pale moustacial stripe make this more easy to recognise!|
|Unfortunately highly prized as a delicacy in Cyprus.I was told the cypriots pickle them inside jars and 6 of them can fetch as much as 80/100 euro.A highly lucrative business!|