Nemrut dağı – birding and some old statues

Statues

Statues

It is called the 8th wonder of the world. Located in the Adiyaman area Nemrut dağı rises to 2.134 m. It is notable for the summit where a number of large statues are erected around what is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC.

Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Rufus-tailed Robin

Rufus-tailed Robin

Anyways, Nemrut dağı offers some spectacular birding which I got to enjoy some days ago.

Rufus-tailed Robin

Rufus-tailed Robin

Rufus-tailed Robin

Rufus-tailed Robin

Already long before reaching the heights I was welcomed by two pairs of Rufos-tailed Robins have a dispute over their territory. It meant that they gave amazing views for as long as I could wish for.

Rufus-tailed Robin

Rufus-tailed Robin

Rufus-tailed Robin

Rufus-tailed Robin

Even before reaching the mountain birds like Slender-billed Gull, White-throated Robin, Woodchat Shrike and Chukar had been seen.

Chukar

Chukar

But the main target species at Nemrut are the Cinerous Bunting, White-winged Snowfinch and most importantly Kurdish Wheatear.

Cinerous Bunting

Cinerous Bunting

As soon as you enter the national park Cinerous Buntings become numerous and are hard to miss.

Black-eared Wheatear

Black-eared Wheatear

Other birds that are common during the climb are Shorelarks, Black-eared and Northern, Finsche’s Wheatear. I also saw 5 Crimson-winged Finches during the climb.

White-throated Robin

White-throated Robin

Kurdish Wheatear

Kurdish Wheatear

Kurdish Wheatear

Kurdish Wheatear

Kurdish Wheatears are not numberous, but during the climb I found 3 birds. But they are easier to work with around the summit, where there are several pairs in the vicinity of the statues.

White-winged Snowfinch

White-winged Snowfinch

At the summit Shorelarks and Rock Sparrows are common and a few White-winged Snowfinches tend to hang around (one pair seems to breed in a hole in one of the statues).

Rock Sparrow

Rock Sparrow

All in all Nemrut combines awesome birding with an awesome landscape and some old statues…

Shorelark ssp. penicillata

Shorelark ssp. penicillata

 

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