Lesser Flamingos and a hybrid

Lesser Flamingo with broken leg

Lesser Flamingo with broken leg

The last two days I’ve been birding around Kulu. The lake has had a Lesser Flamingo present during the last 4 or more springs and summers.

Two days ago I found a Lesser flamingo with a broken leg. Of course I thought that the bird present for so long time had broken its leg. Obviously it had difficulties foraging and it is probably going to die soon.

Lesser Flamongo with healthy leg

Lesser Flamingo with healthy leg

Yesterday I got quite a surprise. I found the Lesser Flamingo again, but this time the leg was not broken. So obviously there had to be two birds present. And soon I located the bird with the broken leg further off.

Lesser Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

The bird with the healthy leg was foraging with a Greater Flamingo and another “thing”, which caught my attention.

Lesser Flamingo with a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo with a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo with a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo and Greater Flamingo - maybe the family?

Lesser Flamingo with a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo and Greater Flamingo – maybe the family?

The size was between Greater and Lesser and the colour was more pink that Greater Flamingo. Furthermore the bill looked like a mix of Greater and Lesser Flamingo. So it looks like we have a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo around!

 

Silas

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Aladaglar

Aladaglar - Demirkazik

Aladaglar – Demirkazik (click to enlarge)

I love this place. Aladaglar. The steep, rough and stunning mountains. And they are full of surprises. Last week proved to be one of those surprise visits.

Wallcreeper

Wallcreeper

Birding in the valleys below Demirkazik gave Red-fronted Serins en mas, 4 Wallcreepers, many cool semirufus Black Redstarts, Kruper’s Nuthatch and White-throated Robins.

White-throated Robin

White-throated Robin

And then the hard thing. A Finche’s Wheatear was foraging close to the car and was properly photographed. All of a sudden I see a bird about 70 meters away. I lift my bins and find the bird right away. It is a large falcon coloured like Café latte with cream on the top. Wow… an adult Saker Falcon feeding on a Asia Minor Souslik. What a view! Only my third ever Saker in Turkey!

Saker Falcon

Saker Falcon

It had been sitting there for more than 5 minutes while watching the Finche’s Wheatear. But when I tried to switch between camera and bins in a maybe not too calm way the Saker took off with its souslik sousage.

I manged to get some blurred take-off shots and later good with again a cloudy sky. What a find!

Wallcreeper

Wallcreeper

In the mountains Caspian Snowcocks gave good views in the scope. The other classics like Rufus Rock Thrush, Snowfinch, Radde’s Accentor, Wild Goat, Wallcreeper and Red-fronted Serin were also seen.

Snowfinch

Snowfinch

The next morning Emli valley was checked again. And believe it or not. A Saker Falcon appeared again. This time far away and only for a short while. But after all good enough to identify and see some details on the bird.

Krupers Nuthatch

Krupers Nuthatch

Other birds in the valley included Scops Owl, Bimaculated Lark, Kruper’s Nuthatch and Red-fronted Serin.

Bimaculated Lark

Bimaculated Lark

Blue Rock Thrush

Blue Rock Thrush

Silas

Goksu

Eleonora's Falcon

Eleonora’s Falcon

Spring birding simply is awesome. Everything can turn up everywhere. Last week a visit to Goksu payed off very well. On the way there a stunning Eleonora’s Falcon was perched on a mast along the road. By far the best views I’ve ever obtained of this awesome falcon.

In Goksu migration was good though not exceptional. Birds like Black Francolin, Graceful Prinia, 5 White Pelicans, 4 Stone Curlews, 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, Montegue’s Harrier and other common stuff.

Montague's Harrier

Montague’s Harrier

The best bird in the delta was a showy Great Sandpiper, that was fouraging on the mutflats.

Greater Sandplover

Greater Sandplover

Greater Sandplover

Greater Sandplover

The best bird in the delta was a showy Great Sandpiper, that was fouraging on the mutflats.

Olive-tree Warbler

Olive-tree Warbler

Later a visit to the southern slopes of the Taurus Mountains gave 3 Olive-tree Warblers, Rueppel’s Warblers, Masked Shrike and Syrian Woodpecker.

Silas