After birding the lakes south of Ankara we continued south to Osmaniye. The Osmaniye area is like a border between the Mediterranean and eastern birds. So out target was to pick up Ruppel’s Warbler and Cretzmar’s Bunting on the way towards Birecik. And at the first promising looking spot we stopped – saw – and conquered. Both species were easy and within minutes we obtained views of both.
We then headed to the Ceyhan River to get White-breasted Kingfisher on the list – and it was also very easy. Additional species in the area included Black Francolin, Rufous-tailed Robin and the first Menetri’s Warblers.
We then headed to the area around Isikli and Durnalik, where the birding was more than awesome. Species after species made their way to the tour list and Sven Erik turned out to get a total of 12 lifters.
Species include 10+ Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Cinerous Buntings, Upcher’s Warbler, Pale Rock Sparrow, Finsche’s Wheatear, Irania, Eastern Orphean Warbler and Specktacled Warbler.