Posted by: Dan | October 12, 2009

Weekend Birding – Black Storks

Black storks (Credit: Ken Preston-Mafham / Premaphotos Wildlife)

Black storks (Credit: Ken Preston-Mafham / Premaphotos Wildlife)

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) — A scarce passage migrant in Cyprus, it is generally seen in single figures in late April/early May and from September to November. I was lucky to see seven this past Saturday on the Akrotiri Salt Flats, and four of them again a while later, probably the same birds. Seeing seven together was a treat as they’re fairly secretive and solitary birds, even though they are sometimes seen in numbers as great as 30 outside of their breeding season.

For more information on Black Storks, see:

Other birds of the weekend:

Very many Grey Herons
16 Spoonbill
7 Black Stork on the Salt Lake, 4 later flying together further south
2 White Stork
Several Honey Buzzards
1 Marsh Harrier
1 Sparrowhawk
Several Red-footed Falcons at various spots
1 Northern Lapwing
1 Ruff
1 Snipe
2 Black-headed Gulls
1 Bee-eater
1 Roller
a large flock of Spanish Sparrows
and first Stonechats of the season



  1. Sounds like an interesting and successful bird watching project, especially the black cranes. I have seen various cranes, but not the black ones.


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