The first day of any trip is always a long one with all the travelling and time difference. Thankfully the 2 hour difference to Cyprus isn't too bad.
The birding started while we were still sat on the tarmac at Gatwick with 2 peregrines hunting pigeons over the terminal buildings!
Straightforward flight got us to Paphos on time and we were soon on the road to our villa at Coral Bay. Birding started straight away with male redstart and whinchat over the road in front of us.
The villa is in a great location right on the coast surrounded by scrubby vegetation.
Despite a brisk wind a quick boot around the area produced a nice selection of birds.
Loads of house with a few Spanish sparrows, crested larks and sardinian warblers were most evident, 2 tawny pipits, 6 short toed larks, wryneck, male whinchat, black eared & northern wheatears and a few feldegg wagtails although none would land.
A nice little start to the trip