Lake birding

White-headed Duck

White-headed Duck

After using a day west of Ankara Svende and I went to bird around some of the lakes south of Ankara. Our first stop was Uyuz. Our target there was White-headed Duck and we soon located some birds.

Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

Other good birds around included several Black-necked Grebes, ducks, Greater Flamingos and Grey-lag Geese.

Black-necked Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

We then continued to Kulu. As always in this time of year the birding was awesome. Gull-billed, White-winged, Black and Whiskered Terns were around in good numbers.

Lesser Short-toed Larks were easily located as they were very vocal.

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

But there were two very nice surprises. First two Black-winged Pranticoles were seen in a few hundred meters distance for a few minutes.

Black-winged Pranticole

Black-winged Pranticole

Then I located the Lesser Flamingo among the Greater Flamingos on the north side of the lake.

Lesser Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

There were not many shorebirds left, but species like Spur-winged Lapwing, Kentish Plover, Black-winged Stilt and Avocet here all seen.

Whiskered Tern

Whiskered Tern

After some good fighting with the mud and a minor delay we headed to Kozanli.

Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

It was loaded with quality birds. Presumably a breeding male Citrine Wagtail was protecting its territory.

Spur-winged Plover

Spur-winged Plover

A lazy Great White Pelican, a Spoonbill, Glossy Ibises and Collared Pranticoles were all present.

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

The greatest surprises were an Oystercatcher, an Osprey and two Black-tailed Godwits.

Silas

 

 

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