Amazing birding in Göksu

Cyprus Wheatear

Cyprus Wheatear

I am currently birding Göksu Delta with Mustafa Millidere and other turkish birders like Emin Y. are also in the area. Frankly it is hard to give account of the day as it really was action packed.

Spur-winged Plover

Spur-winged Plover

It started at sunrise. We checked some scrub but didn’t find anything particular. Then Emin called about some Cyprus Wheatears. We joined him and we saw 3 birds in a small area.

Cyprus Wheatear

Cyprus Wheatear

At the same time several male Black Francolins were calling and some of them were even visible. While the turkish birders were talking I located a Gannet off the beach – a good bird in Turkey.

Gannet

Gannet

After that Mustafa and I headed to the eastern part of the delta. We soon located another two Cyprus Wheatears, but it were other passerines, that were most impressing. 7 Eastern Orphean, 2 Rüppel’s, 2 Subalpine, tons of Lesser Whitethroats and Blackcaps, two Wrynecks and Citrine Wagtail.

Ruppel's Warbler

Ruppel’s Warbler

Ruppel's Warbler

Ruppel’s Warbler

Wryneck

Wryneck

Subalpine Warbler

Subalpine Warbler

We then headed to the river mouth. The highlights there were 5 Audouin’s Gulls and 1 Greater Sandplover.

Greater Sandplover

Greater Sandplover

Audouin's Gulls

Audouin’s Gulls

Then we started to head back through the area. First we found two Cretzmar’s Buntings and then a male Pallid Harrier flew over. After that Emin called about a Pied Wheatear, so we rushed to the area and saw the bird.

Cretzmars Bunting

Cretzmars Bunting

White Stork

White Stork

Another dull Cyprus Wheatear

Another dull Cyprus Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Spoonbill

Spoonbill

After enjoying it we went back through the area and found 3 Spoonbills. All  in all a splendid day. By the way we also saw a Golden Jackal and snake. Anyone able to identify it?

Snake

Snake

Silas Olofson

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