News Local Annual seabird count off Karpasia peninsula (photos)

Annual seabird count off Karpasia peninsula (photos)

BirdLife Cyprus and Kuskor, the Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature, visited Kleides islets off Karpasia peninsula for their annual joint seabird count.

“The most important breeding site for seabirds in Cyprus,” as BirdLife describes it, is located on the northeast tip of Karpasia.

“To the untrained eye, the rocky islets at the northeast tip of Karpasia Peninsula may seem like bare and lifeless rocks, but upon closer inspection, these remote islets are buzzing with life,” BirdLife said.

During their two-hour survey, BirdLife and Kuskor saw “Audouin’s Gull parents diligently tending their nests, fluffed-up Yellow-legged Gull chicks patiently waiting for the next meal, juvenile Shags soaking up the sun with their white bellies full, a Peregrine Falcon contemplating its next attack, a Grey Heron catching its breath before setting off again and screaming parties of swifts flying overhead”.

According to BirdLife the population of seabirds in Kleides has been dropping in recent years, however, they are hopeful that the increased efforts to protect them will bear fruit.

Kleides qualify as a Mediterranean Biome Site, an Endemic Bird Area site and as significant for four species of global conservation concern.

Top Stories

164 new cases, one death announced on Tuesday

 The Health Ministry announced the death of one person due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 176,...

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Wednesday

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Wednesday, 20 January 2021:   LIMASSOL Parking place Sklavenitis supermarket, Germasogia 08:30-16:30 Grigoris Afxentiou Square 08:30-16:30 Parking place...

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts at night time

Long streams of red-hot lava flowed down Mount Etna as Europe's tallest and most active volcano erupted again.   At 10,926 feet, Etna is the continent's...

Cyprus secures another 565,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines

Through additional procedures of the European Commission, Cyprus secured another 565,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, increasing the number of orders from the specific company...

Everything ready for inoculations among enclaved Greek Cypriots and Maronites

All necessary arrangements have been made to start inoculating against COVID-19 the enclaved population and those who repatriated in the Karpas peninsula and the...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...