On to part three, its taking a while because we keep going birding! So more posts in the offing. The last post was our day out to the west of the island, so day four was keeping it local and cutting the driving down. We started off at the Christou River Bridge and Marsh, then to Potamia River, followed by Metochi Lake and Potamia Resevoir, ending back at the Kalloni Saltpans, then 'home' via the Tsiknias Ford and River.
We were looking for the Stone Curlews at Christou, but despite receiving plenty of advice on where they might be seen, we drew a blank. The marshes though had plenty of Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Plovers and the star being a flyover by an Osprey, which this Hooded Crow wasn't too pleased about.
We had fond memories of Metochi Lake from last year, but when we arrived we found it seriously overgrown with only a few viewing points. We did get some good sightings of Little Bittern and Little Grebe though.
We now went along the track past Potamia Resevoir and stopped for a coffee at the bridge, hoping to see a few bits and bobs, on the way to the bridge, we were lucky to find Hoopoe and Turtle Dove, but we were in the van and they wouldn't hold still long enough for me to get any photos, difficult when you are the driver!
The only thing I did capture where these Terrapins whilst we were having our coffee:
After coffee we drove back down the track and walked up to the reservoir, this was mainly occupied by Yellow-legged Gulls, with the only other bird being a Ruddy Shelduck over the far side. As we loitered a trio of other birds made an appearance:
A gentle drive now down to the Saltpans and hopefully Stone Curlew past the Saltworks. This gave us;
From here we went across river to the ford at Tsiknias River and then down the river back to the main road, before home for Tea!
Here are some of the pics from that: