Friday, May 05, 2006

TURKEY DALYAN 5th-19th MAY 2006

Lycian Tombs from the hotel, and the crag at Kaunos




Our annual two weeks in Dalyan Turkey, i birded every morning for a couple of hours around the area and had a full day in the hills around Kizilcadag.

FINSCH'S WHEATEAR

Male and Female feeding young in a rocky outcrop, male seen in exactly the same place last year


SHRIKES

MASKED SHRIKE
A stunning bird,and the only one i saw around the village, though we saw more around Koycegiz lake, as i walked the track around the fields i saw several Woodchats, two Red Backed the Lesser Grey pictured below and this Masked all within ten minutes, awesome.



LESSER GREY SHRIKE
This superb bird was seen occasionally around the fields at the back of the village, it was quite common around the Airport and od birds were seen right the way up into the hills around Kizilcadag


RED FOOTED FALCONS

We came across several small flocks of these stunning birds over the two weeks, the biggest being 23, last year we only saw a couple.



ROCK SPARROW

SOGUT QUARRY
At least 50 pairs in the quarry, the noise as it echos from their calls is quite deafning, several birds around the hills at Kizilcadag as well.



CITRINE WAGTAIL

DALYAN
An early morning walk around the vilage in the morning produced this superb Citrine wagtail.
A new bird for me, i heard it call and saw it flying past me, the wagtail then landed on overhead wires were it sat for several minutes, unfortunatly it was against the sun.


KAUNOS RUINS DALYAN

The distinctive Race of jay note that all black crest,and a Rock Nuthatch.


KAUNOS RUINS DALYAN

ORPHEAN WARBLER
Two birds singing around the ruins and this one showed well, the song at times sounded like Nightingale, heard to sing on several days but really hard to see most of the time in the thick scrub.


BLUE ROCK THRUSH
Sat in a tree for several minutes above the entrance gate, the male flew to her then flew to some rocks and sat out of view.


BLACK HEADED WAGTAIL

Dalyan Marsh, Seen every day in large numbers around the fields and marsh behind the village.


BLACK HEADED BUNTING

DALYAN TURKEY
Superb looking bird, loads of males seen singing song quite distinctive.

SPANISH SPARROW

Common in the many storks nests

SHORT TOED EAGLE

Seen everyday over the Lycian Tombs or the Roman Ruins at the back of the village, upto 5 in the air at once some days.

RUFOUS BUSH CHAT

Cracking little bird with upto five on the edge of the village, and a couple along the road to the beach.




KORKUTELI HILLS KIZILCADAG

WHITE THROATED ROBIN
Another stunning bird of the area and quite common, perches in full view while singing, but can be hard to get close too, females are really elusive.


ANATOLIAN HORNED LARK
of the race kumerloevei a distinct form, with greyish-pink mantle and scapulars, no buff or dark streaks, hindneck a vinous pink, face pale yellow and the black quite extensive around the face and throat, it also joins unlike the race we see in Britian.
Watched feeding, perching on fences, in display flight, and singing, call quite different as well when flushed off ground.


ROCK THRUSH
I saw three males and a female, though they are really elusive and flush easily, they can be seen from the main road by scanning the rocks on the hillside, one even sat on a fence bordering several houses, stunning bird and always a delight to see.


RED RUMPED SWALLOW

Another common bird around the resort, though not often in the Swallow and House martin flocks, prefering their own company.