At 02:30 on saturday the 27th april Yann, Rasmus, Bjørn and Simmi landed in Ankara. I picked them up and we went to our place to relax a little before heading out. As the Allen’s Gallinule had been found the previous day we decided to change plans and begin in Mogan.
We came short after dawn and met people, who had been there for an hour without seeing the bird. We started searching for it, but at first we only found some Citrine Wagtails, Bittern, Red-throated Pipits, Calandra Larks, Greater Short-toed Larks, Ruddy Shelducks, Moustached Warblers and other common stuff. When passing the place where I had seen the Allen’s Gallinule earler the bird is visible for two seconds – but only Bjørn managed to see it besides me. We used more than an hour in the area but it was fruitless – the bird had retrieved to the reeds and would not get out.
So we went on and birded around Mogan, where we saw some Lesser Kestrels and some Red-footed Falcons, a flock of 500+ White-winged Terns mixed with a few black terns, about 25 Mediterranean Gulls and some Slender-billed Gulls.
We then headed to Kazan. We couldn’t locate any Kruper’s Nuthatches in the midday heat, but we saw Booted Eagle and Syrian Woodpecker, so it wasn’t in vain.
Then we headed to Inözü Vadisi close to Beypazari. The birding was awesome. 5 White-throared Robins (all males), 3 Shorelarks, 8 Black Vultures, several Egyptian Vultures, Golden Eagle, 4 Sombre Tits, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush and many other good birds.
We had a little more than an hour before sunset, so we went to Nallihan. The biggest surprise was to find an adult White-tailed Eagle, which we watched diving and fishing.
There were also 50+ Ruddy Shelducks, two Rollers, a single Tufted Duck, several Red-backed Shrikes and a single Lesser Grey Shrike.
All in all we saw 133 species – and Bjørn got 29 lifers 🙂