So we finally got the Cyprus visit originally planned for 2020! We arrived in Larnaca quite late on the 21st, stayed at the Lebay Beach Hotel ( very good).
We were out just after 6am for a look at Oroklini before breakfast, the water level was high and the mosquitos were out in abundance. The Flamingos were wading in deep water, no chance of seeing any colour rings. The lake held the usual collection of waterfowl including Ferruginous Duck, Gargany, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Pintail, Red crested Pochard and also a Widgeon.
Passerines in the Tamarisks surrounding the water included several Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler and Bluethroat.
At Larnaca Salt Lake the water level did not deter 6 Gull-billed Tern, 2 Avocet, Spur-winged Plovers, Black-winged Stilts, some shanks both Red and Green, Ruff, Marsh Sandpiper amongst others. We saw Laughing Dove for the second time that day and noted that these birds have colonised sites some distance from the handful where they could be found in 2019.
With the Tekke of Hala Sultan in the background we watched Slender-billed Gulls pick mosquito larvae from the surface of the lake.
Then on to the sewage works where there were no Black-necked Grebes at all. A flock of wagtails consisted of mainly Black-headed Yellow Wagtails, but there were some others too, including a Citrine Wagtail.
Up at 6:15am and out before 7am we decided to take a tour around Mandria to see which fields looked to hold birds and to refamiliarize ourselves with the tracks (some might no longer be passable and we do not have much clearance with the hire car). Met Gary Elton and Colin Richardson looking for the sandgrouse that had been reported as being flushed from the sandpit by dog walkers earlier. We all decided to scout the surrounding fields so split up and not long afterwards a message came through and the bird was relocated about two minutes away from where we were watching Redstart, White Wagtails and Water Pipit.