Birding in the Sanliurfa region

Svende Erik birding in the semi-desert of the Sanliurfa region

Svende Erik birding in the semi-desert of the Sanliurfa region

Along the Syrian border between Karkamis and Ceylanpinar there are wast areas of semi-desert. These areas provide excellent birding and a variety of good species.

See-see Partridge

See-see Partridge

See-see Partridge - male and female

See-see Partridge – male and female

See-see Partridge

See-see Partridge

See-see Partridge can be found in Birecik, but it is much easier to get very good views further east.

See-see Partridge

See-see Partridge

See-see Partridge - female

See-see Partridge – female

See-see Partridge - male

See-see Partridge – male

See-sees are not exactly shy as long as you stay in the car and views down to just a few meters is not uncommon in this area.

See-see Partridge

See-see Partridge

But if you are walking they are much more difficult and tend to run or fly away at quite some distance. When Svende and I visited the area we obtained amazing views of almost 20 individuals.

Desert Finch - male

Desert Finch – male

Desert Finch - male and female

Desert Finch – male and female

Other good birds in the area include Desert Finch, which breeds in orchards. At the nesting site this otherwise rather shy bird can give very good views.

Finsche's Wheatear

Finsche’s Wheatear

The most common wheatear in the area is Finsche’s Wheatear, but Isabelline is also around in good numbers.

Pale Rock Sparrow

Pale Rock Sparrow

Pale Rock Sparrows are also quite common in the area, even though they are more often heard than seen.

Pale Rock Sparrow

Pale Rock Sparrow

The Lesser Short-toed Larks in the area are quite different from the ones in Central Anatolia being more rufous over all.

Lesser Short-toed Lark

Lesser Short-toed Lark

Close to Ceylanpinar just a few kilometers from the Syrian border Red-wattled Lapwings are occurring. Svende and I managed to find 1-2 birds in the area.

Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

Red-wattled Lapwing

But visiting gave more than good birds. An arab family invited us for tea and we have a good time together. And of course we had to see the families pride – a ram with four horns 🙂

 

Ram with four horns

Ram with four horns

In the area there is a population of Goitered Gazelles. These always provide a nice addition to the birding.

Goitered Gazelle

Goitered Gazelle

Silas

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