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 can be found in Birecik, but it is much easier to get very good views further east.
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.
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.
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.
The most common wheatear in the area is Finsche’s Wheatear, but Isabelline is also around in good numbers.
Pale Rock Sparrows are also quite common in the area, even though they are more often heard than seen.
The Lesser Short-toed Larks in the area are quite different from the ones in Central Anatolia being more rufous over all.
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.
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 🙂
In the area there is a population of Goitered Gazelles. These always provide a nice addition to the birding.