Today we woke up at 4:30 and headed for the steppe-areas east of Birecik. The areas are home to many good birds including See-see Partridge, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse and Cream-coloured Courser. But it is still a little early for the latter two.
Right upon arrival we found two See-see Partridges walking on the road. A little later two more and two more. In total we saw 8 birds that gave amazing views.
Other birds around included lots and lots of Finche’s Wheatear, two Desert Finches and Little Owl.
Goitered Gazelle is also known to occur in the area and we managed to find 4 animals including two beautiful males.
Then we headed north to a colony of bee-eaters around Ihlan Köyü. Up to 70 pairs of Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters breed in a mixed colony with European Bee-eaters. It was such a display of colour to watch all these birds come and leave their nesting holes. We only used a short time at the colony in order not to disturb the birds.
After that we headed to Nemrut Dagi. On the way there we found a Griffon Vulture. Upon arrival we located the first Kurdish Wheatear on the way up. And in total we found 7 Kurdish Wheatears there.
Watching the ancient statues from the Commagene Kingdoms was very nice – especially when Cinerous Buntings, Shorelarks and White-winged Snowfinches were foraging between them.
Other good birds around included Rufus Rock Thrush and Yellow-billed Choughs. After enjoying them all we headed towards Birecik, but on the way down we met Henrik Korsbæk, Lars and Martin – 3 danish birders just returning from Kazbegi. After talking for a while and exchanging tips we headed for the hotel.