For easter vacation my family and I went to the Mediterranean. There is the beach and the sun for the kids and the wife – and Göksu Delta for me!
The kids woke up very early this morning, so we decided to do some family-birding. The clock had barely reached 7:00 before we drove towards Göksu. And even before we reached the area I spotted a White-throated Kingfisher on a wire. We drove closer and it ended up giving quite good views to my kids utter joy.
Only 1 minute later I spotted a splendid male Masked Shrike, which gave even better views along with an Eastern Orphean Warbler. Quite a start to the birding!
We then entered the delta and it was amazing as always. Little and Great White Egret and a few Squacco Herons were foraging close to the road and a few White Storks came close to the car.
In a flock of mainly Gull-billed Terns and Sandwich Terns I found a Caspian Tern and a Palla’s Gull was present in a flock of gulls. A few Marsh Sandpipers were present among the commoner species and 3 species of Swift and a few Red-rumped Swallows were also present.
Tawny Pipits have arrived with the Meadow and Red-thorated Pipits, but I only found a few Yellow Wagtails and no Citrine Wagtails.
After driving through the area we went home to eat and rest.
While you youngest was taking a nap my oldest daughter and I went out again. We went to the beach at Göksu, but on the way there my first ever Cyprus Wheatear interrupted the tour for a while. It can be rather hard to distingush from Pied Wheatear and I only got sure when it started singing with a very strange and diagnostic zizz-zizz-zizz song.
After collecting shells and playing on the beach for a while we went to do a little birding. Some Slender-billed Gulls gave supreme views and so did a few Short-toed Larks.
Even though I didn’t do any intensive birding I am quite impressed with the result. And to end the day perfectly a male Subalpine Warbler was around the hotel in the evening.