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.
Anyways, Nemrut dağı offers some spectacular birding which I got to enjoy some days ago.
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.
Even before reaching the mountain birds like Slender-billed Gull, White-throated Robin, Woodchat Shrike and Chukar had been seen.
But the main target species at Nemrut are the Cinerous Bunting, White-winged Snowfinch and most importantly Kurdish Wheatear.
As soon as you enter the national park Cinerous Buntings become numerous and are hard to miss.
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.
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.
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).
All in all Nemrut combines awesome birding with an awesome landscape and some old statues…