Thursday, 21 April 2011

Cyprus, March 29-April 7, 2011

Part 3: Fassouri Reed-beds and Larnaca Salt-lake
At Fassouri the pools held much water and even some of the surrounding pasture had large puddles as result of an overnight storm. A Cattle Egret, a Little Egret and several Purple Herons were present and a Marsh Harrier displayed over the reed beds.

[Cattle Egret]

[Purple Heron]


One bird, which through its lack of fear and mode of flight when finally flushed, was identified as a Great Snipe whilst several other Common Snipe were there also.

[Great Snipe]

On some of the rain-flooded puddles Green and Wood Sandpipers as well as two Ruff were feeding.

[Wood and Green Sandpipers]

[Wood Sandpiper]

[Ruff, etc]

On the shallow salt lake at Larnaca the Flamingos were far out in the centre of the shallow water and so consequently unapproachable for reasonable photography. More accommodating were seven Black-winged Stilts and two Cattle Egrets on the small adjacent lake.


[Cattle Egret, both above]

[Black-winged Stilts]

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