Göksu Delta

White-throated Kingfisher

This morning it was raining at Kizkalesi. So it was not good weather for chilling on the beach. So we all went to Göksu Delta instead. Göksu Delta is located south of Silifke and is one of the best birding areas in all of Turkey. So I was quite excited when we came to the place.

And what a place! As soon as we arrived at the beginning of the delta, which consist of mainly farmland, a White-throated Kingfisher was giving good views as it was posted on a wire next to the road. At the same time Yellow-vented Bulbuls were flying around us and Alpine Swifts were flying over us – what a place!

Yellow-vented Bulbul

A few minutes later we came across about 20 Cattle Egrets foraging with some cattle and a Sibirian Stonechat joined the Red-throated Pipits on a field nearby.

Sibirean Stonechat

A little later we arrived at Akgöl. Two Greater Spotted Eagles were soaring the area. An adult and a subadult. Around the lake good numbers of herons were present and two Purple Swamphens also gave fair views though distant.

Greater Spotted Eagle

 

Greater Spotted Eagle

 

Very distant Purple Swamphen

 

 

After watching the lake for a while I went to check the shrubbery around the lake. Several Graceful Prinias proved to be rather elusive, but Stonechats, Willow Warblers, Red-backed Shrikes, Goldfinches and Serins werepresent in good numbers.

Graceful Prinia

After walking around for a while I flushed a Black Frankolin and I managed to get a picture of it.

Red-backed Shrike – male

Black Frankolin

All in all the place looks very promising and hopefully a full day of birding will give a lot more!

 

Silas Olofson

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