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Nifida Headland

Nifida can best be reached by heading north from Vatera to Polichnitos, on to Skala Polichnitou and then along the beautiful coastal track to Nifida with its excellent unspoilt beach which Sarah found to be extremely relaxing. Whilst she was sunbathing I walked along the beach road to its end and up onto the rocky headland. From the road I saw a Little Owl perched on a water tank close to the last house of the village. Further on were Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear and Whinchat. From the road I also spotted a couple of the more sort after Bunting species; a male Cretzschmars singing from telegraph wires and surprisingly a female Cinereous Bunting carrying what appeared to be nesting material. Although I was not expecting to see Cinereous Bunting in this locale it is only a few hundred meters across Kalloni Bay to the North Western stronghold of this species and perhaps the population is expanding further south. the Bogati headland close to Nifida does apparently hold several pairs of this species.

Cinereous Bunting            Yellow Wagtail            Red-throated Pipit             Cretzschmars Bunting

On the headland itself I found White Wagtail, a flock of mixed races of Yellow Wagtail including some stunning male Black-headed and amongst them a couple of Red-throated Pipits.
On returning to the beach I caught up with Lesser Grey Shrike, Olivaceous Warbler and many Spanish Sparrows.

Corn Bunting                    Cirl Bunting

The Bogati Headland appears to worth exploring and can be accessed from Nifida village. It will be interesting to see how far species from the north of Kalloni bay have spread to the southern side.

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