Mustafa and I went up early this morning – in fact I went up an hour too early as I had forgot the time shifting. My phone and thus the alarm adjusted automatically and I woke up 1 hour to early. Well, I survived.
We headed out 1½ later. The weather was clouded and it was rather windy. This had a huge effect on the birds present. It was very hard to work with the warblers and passerines as they were hiding all the time.
While searching for a Zitting Cisticola we came across our only Purple Swamhpen (ssp. poliocephalus) of the trip. It was foraging across a canal and gave supreme views.
Among good numbers of Little Egrets we found a bird with slightly darker plumage. We checked it for Reef Egret right away but apart for the darker plumage it looks like a normal Little Egret.
Again today 4 species of harriers were present in the delta – 2 Pallid Harriers, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Montague’s Harriers and a lot of Marsh Harriers.
We found good numbers of fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a few Mediterrenian Gulls, Amrenian Gulls, Yellow-legged Gulls and Slender-billed Gulls, but no Pallas’ Gulls today.
The Spur-winged Lapwings in the delta are having some territorial disputes. So once in a while we witnessed fierce fighting – quite impressive actually.
We ended the birding with a nice Cyprus Wheatear. Out of the 5 we saw yesterday we were only able to relocate this one individual.
All in all we say 134 species in 2 days in Göksu.
In my last post I posted a picture of a snake. Thanks to Yoav for asking Dr. Boaz Shacham and to Tobias Schernhammer for identifiying it as a Malpolon monspessulanus, commonly known as the Montpellier snake.