My old teacher from Denmark – Svend Erik Petersen – is currently visiting me. He was the person who really got me going when it comes to birding. Together we’ve been birding countless hours on three different continents – and now it was time for him to visit in Turkey.
Today we went to Kazan and then Bolu. At Kazan the birding was very good with species like Kruper’s Nuthatch, Lesser Spotted and Syrian Woodpecker, Ruddy Shelduck, Rock Nuthatch and much more seen.
We then continued to Bolu. We first checked for raptors. It was good as always, but the coolest thing was an adult Lammergeier passing by twice giving good views in the scope.
Other raptors included 3 Eastern Imperial Eagles, about 20 Black Vultures, 3 Lesser Spotted Eagles, Long-legged and Steppe Buzzards.
Other good birds included Ortolan Buntings, Yellow Wagtails, Tawny Pipit, beautiful Linnets and much more.
In the evening we went to the forest around Esentepe. There we saw 10+ Kruper’s Nuthatches, Green Woodpeckers, Common and Short-toed Treecreeper, Stock Dove and more.
All in all we saw 85 species during they day, which was quite satisfying.