Classic Birecik

Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Birecik is one of the best know birding areas in Turkey – and not without a reason. It is located on the shores of the Euphrates close to the Syrian border.

The area is quite different from the rest of Turkey and thus it contains quite a few birds not seen anywhere else in Turkey.

Iraq Babbler

Iraq Babbler

The Iraq Babblers are easily located on the west bank of the river. But I decided to do something different and went as close to the Syrian border as possible along the Euphrates. I was delighted to find several Iraq Babblers in that area too even though my target – Basra Reed Warbler – was not seen (there are actually claims from the area).

Roller

Roller

Roller

Roller

Roller

Roller

The area south of Birecik is actually very good. I came across a colony of Rollers and obtained the best views I’ve ever had of that species.

Roller

Roller

Roller

Roller

Flocks of hundreds of Rose-coloured Starlings were also present and several Black Francolins were seen and heard.

Rose-coloured Starling

Rose-coloured Starling

Other classics include Menetri’s Warbler. It is one of my favorites and I managed to get amazing views down to a few meters of both male and female.

Menetris Warbler

Menetris Warbler

Menetris Warbler

Menetris Warbler

When visiting Birecik a must-do is to visit Gulhane Caybahcesi, where a few Pallid Scops Owls tend to hang out. I went there and long with Soner Bekir we saw two birds. And I also met an english teacher, who offered me to give lessons at the local school. So I did that for a few hours and had a great time.

Pallid Scops Owl

Pallid Scops Owl

In the afternoon sun I went looking for the Yellow-throated Sparrows and found 5 birds.

Yellow-throated Sparrow

Yellow-throated Sparrow

Yellow-throated Sparrow

Yellow-throated Sparrow

Other good birds during the day included Pygmy Cormorant, Dead Sea Sparrow, Rufous-tailed Robin, Little Swift, Cattle Egrets, Bald Ibis, Barred Warbler and more.

Snake of some sort

Snake of some sort

Eastern Olivacious Warbler

Eastern Oliveacious Warbler

Dead Sea Sparrow

Dead Sea Sparrow

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Barred Warbler

Barred Warbler

Silas

 

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