Birding Bolu

White-tailed Eagle and Eastern Imperial Eagle

White-tailed Eagle and Eastern Imperial Eagle

Last week I spent 3½ days birding with visiting birder and photographer Billy Clark. We made a brief visit to Mogan and Kulu after his arrival. The weather wasn’t too good, but we did managed to see some good birds including Lesser Short-toed Lark, Ruddy Shelduck, male Hen Harrier, Penduline Tits, Cetti’s Warbler, Water Pipit and a few other good birds.

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

The next day we went north to the forest areas around Kazan. The birding there was quite good and the weather was awesome.

Firecrest

Firecrest

We have a nice flock of Yerllowhammers and a likely female Pine Bunting was seen briefly in the flock. But we didn’t get any photos and the bird was not pursued.

Long-legged Buzzard

Long-legged Buzzard

Other good birds around included Kruper’s Nuthatch giving supreme views, Firecrest, Green and Syrian Woodpecker, Black Vulture, Short-toed Treecreeper and Persian Squirrel.

The afternoon and the next two days we spent in the raptor capital of Turkey – Bolu. The winter has been very warm and there was very little snow. This means that the raptors are more scattered around and harder to work with.

Village in Turkey

Village in Turkey

We used a hide, run by a local called Menderes. It was obvious that the birds didn’t seem too hungry. And we had already seen a few carcasses around the area. But with patient waiting we managed to see and photograph adult White-tailed Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard and loads of Ravens.

Ravens feeding on a dead Wolf

Ravens feeding on a dead Wolf

We went to the hide with a local taxi driver, Ahmet Acarol. After spending the days in the hide we used the afternoons driving around the area birding. The taxi driver was using his normal taxi like a 4×4 jeep or something. At least we were able to use roads that I’d rather reluctant to use myself.

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

Eastern Imperial Eagle

Eastern Imperial Eagle

From the car we managed to see quite good birds along the roads in the area including 7 Black Vultures, several adult and young Eastern Imperial Eagles, Long-legged and Common Buzzards and quite a few other species.

Eastern Imperial Eagle

Eastern Imperial Eagle

Eastern Imperial Eagle and White-tailed Eagle

Eastern Imperial Eagle and White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

 

Silas Olofson

Winter in Ankara

Long-legged Buzzard at Mogan

Long-legged Buzzard at Mogan

Yes, it is winter in Turkey. But winter at the mediterranean coast for instance is very different from central Anatolian winter. Here it gets really cold. And is it a dry cold that really feels very different from the Faroese winter.

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

I’ve been very busy with studies, a 3 month old baby, family life and stuff lately, so I haven’t had much time for birding.

Red-chrested Pochard

Red-chrested Pochard

But I have been able to get out a little. Mogan is still frozen with only one open spot, where a few Mallards, many Coot and single Red-crested Pochard linger.

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

At the western side of the lake I was lucky enough to locate a group of 13 Grey Partridge – a bird rarely seen in these parts.

Long-tailed Tit ssp. alpinus

Long-tailed Tit ssp. alpinus

Besides Mogans I’ve been walking around my neighbourhood. And it can give some quite good birds. A few days ago I managed to find two flocks of Long-tailed tits ssp. alpinus (probably the most boring subspecies of Long-tailed Tit).

Syrian Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker

Other birds included Syrian Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper and some Goldcrests. Not bad for a walk in the city!

Silas Olofson