Birding wise we didn't do too much, we saw a pair of Cretzchmar's Bunting mating, but I didn't have my camera handy, then later a lovely view of a Blue Rock Thrush, again wasn't ready with the camera and again two Masked Shrike 'courting' but I had left the camera in the car again, you would think I would have learnt my lesson! However having missed photographing the Shrike, this Whinchat turned up!
We started day 2 of our exploration heading east, so we had to drive past the Salt Pans, so it would have been rude not to stop!
This gave us a couple of new species, a Spur-winged Plover;
We made a coffee stop on the coast not far from the capital, Mytalini, yes we took a flask with us! Of course we took the chance to see if any birds were about, a White Wagtail or two, plus this nice Lesser Whitethroat:
So now on to our next day out with Mr Dudley and the west of the island.
Our first port of call was in the mountain valleys as we headed west, looking for Crag Martin, Rock Sparrow, Red-rumped Swallow and Blue Rock Thrush. We saw all of them, but photo opportunities were not good and the Thrush was only a quick fly past.
A very distant Rock Sparrow
For us a great find was this Cinerous Bunting again a distant view, but through the scope it was fantastic,
From the monastery we descended down towards Sigri stopping by the Petrified Forest, a Stone Curlew surprised us here, sorry again no photo, but i did manage a decent pic of a Cretzschmar's Bunting,
We arrived in Sigri for lunch and what a fine lunch it was too! Seafood galore! After lunch and a beer we searched the local fields for migrants;
You can just make out this Collared Fly-catcher
|Blue Rock Thrush|
|Eastern Bonelli's Warbler|
|Little Ringed Plover|
|Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon|
|Western Rock Nuthatch|
The last post will cover the marsh area next to our hotel on the last day and very special it was too!