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  1. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    21st April was my last day of birding on this trip. I headed up to Troodos village early in the morning, in fine, clear weather. I was focused on some of Cyprus's distinctive subspecies and a Jay crossing the road as I drove up was a good start, although I would want better looks. The car park...
  2. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    Here's a bit of Cyprus Scops Owl footage and some photos, day and night.
  3. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    The 20th began around the Akrotiri area, where it was sunny but quite windy. I stopped at Zakaki Marsh, where Purple Heron and Night Heron both showed. At Lady's Mile, there were plenty of waders, with over 100 Little Stints, two Spotted Redshanks and a Marsh Sandpiper. I looked around the...
  4. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    I was back in Cyprus for 19th and the first day followed a similar routine to the first day of the trip. I began at Larnaca Salt Lake. A reasonable selection of birds was on the lake, including lots of Slender-billed Gulls. A few migrants included an Isabelline Wheatear, five Whinchats and a...
  5. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    Thanks Richard! It's hard to avoid getting Mount Ararat into at least some photos. It looms very large over much of the country!
  6. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    Thanks Josh. I should also thank you, as your report was really helpful for organising my trip. Looks like I definitely missed out on the Snowcock! I also agree about Armash. Easily one of the best wetlands I've been to in the WP. It has incredible potential.
  7. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    My final day in Armenia began rather cool and misty but things were beginning to clear. After breakfast, I headed a few miles to the road that runs up from east of Dilijan to Haghartsin Monastery. This is one of the finest wooded areas in Armenia, and I was soon enjoying the birding. A Hawfinch...
  8. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    The 17th was a bit of a free hit: a day of travel when I didn't necessarily have much specific to look for but where I was interested to see what I'd bump into. It proved very enjoyable. I did have one bird I still wanted to find around Areni though. First thing, I set off a few miles to a...
  9. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    The 16th was the only day I did something reasonably formal, when I arranged to go to Mount Gndasar to look for Caspian Snowcock. I got picked up from guest house at 6am by two guides from ARPA and driven in a Landrover up a mountain. The journey took almost an hour and was pretty hair-raising...
  10. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    Some Yellow Wagtail variations...
  11. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    Thanks for the comments. Mike will be pleased to know there's more fishpond action to come. I left my accommodation in Urtsadzor early in the morning, flushing four Black-crowned Night Herons from the trees around the fishpond before I left. My first port of call was Oorts Gorge, up in the...
  12. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    Evidence from the raptor movements.
  13. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    I was hoping for an improvement in the weather on 14th but the morning turned out to be cold and rainy. I spent most of the time in hat, gloves and coat trudging around Vedi Gorge, trying to avoid the attentions of the terrifying sheep dogs that were suspiciously eyeing me up. Things were rather...
  14. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    The next day also began with rain and it was pretty cold and windy. A quick look around where I was staying in Urtsadzor produced a nice male Penduline Tit. Then, it was off on the 35-minute drive to Armash. Things didn't start too well, as I realised the security guard at the gate had no idea...
  15. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    So I guess I should really try to finish this report... We'll head back to my second day in Armenia (12th April). I didn't get quite as good a night's sleep as I'd hoped as I was woken at about 2.30am by a Scops Owl calling right outside my hotel bedroom. One of the more 'alarm clock' like bird...
  16. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    It was partly that I wanted to go to both countries but also it's a relatively easy connection, so the two are not hard to combine.
  17. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    I had a leisurely start to my first day in Armenia, although it perhaps ended up being too leisurely. I had planned to pick up a hire car at the airport at 9am, but it soon became apparent that no one would be there to meet me and take me to the car. I phoned up the company (Budget) and they...
  18. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    I began the next day at Agia Varvara, where a few small pools are very attractive to crakes. I didn't have to wait long to start seeing them either, as a fantastic male Little Crake was on show almost immediately. I eventually saw three males and a lovely toffee-coloured female. At times, two or...
  19. Andrew Whitehouse

    Our Man in Armenia (and Cyprus too)

    Am currently on a bit of a jaunt to the east of the Western Palearctic. I'm in Armenia for a week or so, sandwiched between a few days in Cyprus. So far, things have been very good. I arrived at Larnaca in Cyprus in the early hours of Sunday 9th. I stayed nearby for the night and then birded...
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