A Crested Lark was enjoying the first rays of sunshine on the path...
On arrival at the point I began scanning for the target bird. The Golden Plovers were very difficult to see even with the bins as they blended in perfectly with the rocks. I couldn't see anything "different". As the light grew stronger I was hoping for something to appear...it didn't.
I then noticed a gull approaching. It circled a few times and then it landed near one of the concrete blocks. I was hoping for something "good". It was...very GOOD!
A SLENDER-BILLED GULL!
|Note the long neck|
Rested and preened...it was gone...
|not great but it does show the diagnostic wing and tail pattern|
After breakfast we headed for Evertou Reservoir north of Paphos in search of Raptors. We arrived around Noon and I set up my 'scope. Nothing for 45 minutes so we decided to have our lunch. You guessed it, as soon as I sat went to get it out of the car I noticed 2 "shapes" above me. Raptors silently drifting south. After fumbling for the camera I managed to regain my balance and fire off a few shots as they drifted away. This was my best pic of an adult Bonelli's Eagle...
Nothing else was seen in 4 hours but it didn't matter, it was worth the trip for this sighting alone.