Kulu and Kozanli

Greater Flamingos

Lake Kulu is a lake south of Ankara (it is also called lake Düden). It is still an awesome place with hundreds of flamingos giving good views and hundreds and sometimes thousands of shorebirds can be seen.

Lesser Short-toed Lark

I visited the place in june 2011. The larks seemed  to have increased somewhat since my last visit and lesser short-toed was the most common one – some of them feeding young now. But calandra, greater short-toed and skylark are fairly common too. All the red-throated pipits were gone and only a few breeding feldeggs and tawny pipits were present.

Gull-billed Tern

But gull-billed, whiskered, black, white-winged and common terns gave good views as did one armenian gull, some medi gulls and several slender-billed. Oystercatcher was a new turkish tick, but the real highlight were 61 white pelicans flying over.

White Pelicans

I also checked Kozanli and lake Mogan. Highlights include 2 rose-coloured starlings, hundreds of white storks and one black stork, 3 little owls and squacco hersons in their splendid colourful breeding plumage.

Little Owl

All in all a good day.


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