Day 2: Mogan – Kulu – Akseki

Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

We woke up at 3:45 at the pension and the sweet lady working there had agreed to prepare breakfast at 3:00. So we had a good and solid turkish breakfast with several cups of Turkish Tea.

Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Then we drove off to Mogan to give the Allen’s Gallinule a second chance, but we couldn’t find it. But birding was still good with lots of pipits, herons and Gull-billed Tern was added to the tour-list.

Greater Flamingos

Greater Flamingos

Then we headed to Kulu. It was already rather warm when we arrived, but birds were active non the less. Soon the first Lesser Short-toed Larks ssp. aharonii were added to our list and eventually they gave extremely good views down to a few meters.

Red-throated Pipit - click to enlarge

Red-throated Pipit – click to enlarge

There were also good numbers of Red-throated Pipits and Yellow Wagtails ssp. feldegg. The Red-throated also gave very good views.

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

Yann estimated that about 5000 Greater Flamingos were present around the lake, but we couldn’t find any Lesser Flamingos today.

Other good birds around the lake included several Gull-billed Terns, hundreds of White-winged Terns, some Mediterranean Gulls, two Slender-billed Gulls, a Little Owl, a male Montegue’s Harrier, Egyptian Vulture and more.

Calandra Lark

Calandra Lark

From Kulu we headed towards Akseki. On the way there we god a pleasent surprise as a Great Bustard flew over the car. We all jumped out and got fairly good views for a few minutes.

Great Bustard

Great Bustard

After that we drove to Akseki, which is a place known for its White-backed Woodpeckers of the subspecies lilfordi. We arrived quite late at the area and the birds in the forest were generally not really active. But after a while we saw the first Kruper’s Nuthatch and it have good views. In all we 10+ of this almost-endemic species. But we didn’t manage to find any White-backed Woodpeckers this time.

Krüper's Nuthatch

Krüper’s Nuthatch

Other birds at Akseki included Scops Owl, Common Crossbill, Mistel Thrush, Redstart, Short-toed Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Serin, Chaffinch, two Finche’s Wheatears and a few others.

Silas Olofson

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