Turkey - Day 8

The 6. may was the last day with our faroese guide Silas.

 

In the morning we started to drive to Nemrud Dagi. A special place for the Kurdish Wheatears.

On our way to the mountain we passed many old kurdish villages and a really clear river with hundred of swallows. We also noted a migration of raptors.

 

Nemrut Dagi is a 2150m high mountain in south-east Turkey. The area around the mountain is a national park. The mountain is a mix of sanctuary and gravesite form the King Antiochos I. Theos (69-36 B.C). This place was the center for a new religion. Slaves build with 300 000m³ of broken stones an hill (150m high and 45m wide) over the natural top of the mountain for the tomb. On the north, west and east side are platforms with statues of the king with grecian-persian gods. (read more about Nemrut Dagi: UNESCO

  

Arrived in Nemrut Dagi we drove the street up to the top. Special birds during our way: many Kurdish Wheatears, albino Red-backed Shrike, roosting Orioles, White-throated Robin and Horned Larks

 

On the top we visited the monument of the old king. A beautiful view over the mountains and over the valley (behind the mountains - view of the turkish-syrian desert).

 

After this interesting trip we drove to a bee-eater colony to see the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. It was a really interesting and beautiful place. An old kurdish village with old agriculture methods. A wonderful place with an agriculture landscape, singing Quails, Corncrakes, Bee-eaters and a hunting Little Owl.

 

For the Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters we were really lucky! Well they were..

The Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters just arrived to the colony, turned over the hill and flew away. During this time I unfortunately stayed on the other side of the hill (because we split to search them). So I missed them..

 

For the end we enjoyed the sunset and drove to the airport to say goodbye to our guide.

Silas was a really interesting and funny person who knows a lot about birds, places, culture and photography! 

 

& Most of the photos of the city/villages are made from the inside of the car. Becaus of two reasons:

  1. We had no time to stop for photos.
  2. We didn't want to get to much attention.

 

 

Map

Birdlist

  Latin English German  
1. Pternistis atrifrons Black Francolin Halsbandfrankolin  
2.
Alectoris chuckar Chukar Partridge Chukarhuhn 1
3.
Coturnix coturnix Common Quail
Wachtel  
4. (+) Crex crex Corn Crake Wachtelkönig  
5.
Phalacrocorax pygmeus Pygmy Cormorant Zwergscharbe  
6.
Geronticus eremita Northern Bald Ibis Waldrapp  
7.
Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard Adlerbussard 2
8.
Pernis apivorus European Honey Buzzard Wespenbussard 2
9.
Accipiter nisus Eurasian Sparrowhawk Sperber  
10.
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel Turmfalke 2
11.
Columba livia f. domestica Feral Pigeon Straßentaube  
12.
Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared Dove Türkentaube  
13.
Streptopelia turtur European Turtle Dove Turteltaube 2
14.
Stretopelia senegalensis Laughing Dove Palmtaube  
15.
Cuculus canorus Common Cuckoo Kuckuck 1
16.
Athene noctua Little Owl Steinkauz
  lillith     1
17.
Otus scops Eurasian Scops Owl Zwergohreule 1
18.
Apus apus Common Swift Mauersegler  
19.
Upupa epops Eurasian Hoopoe Wiedehopf 1
20.
Merops apiaster European Bee-eater Bienenfresser >50
21. (+) Merops persicus Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Blauwangenspint 3
22.
Coracias garrulus European Roller Blauracke >20
23.
Galerida cristata Crested Lark Haubenlerche  
24.
Calandrella brachydactyla Greater Short-toed Lark Kurzzehenlerche >10
25.
Melanocorypha calandra Calandra Lark Kalanderlerche  
26.
Eremophila alpestris  Horned Lark Ohrenlerche

Subspecies:   penicillata     >10
  Subspecies:   flava     1
27.
Riparia riparia Sand Martin Uferschwalbe  
28.
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow Rauchschwalbe  
29.
Ceropis daurica Red-rumped Swallow Rötelschwalbe  
30.
Delichon urbicum Common House Martin Mehlschwalbe  
31.
Luscinia megahynchos Common Nightingale Nachtigall 1
32.
Irania gutturalis White-throated Robin Weißkehlsänger >2
33.
Oenanthe oenanthe Northern Wheatear Steinschmätzer >20
34.
Oenanthe hispanica 

 
  Subspecies: melanoleuca Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Balkansteinschmätzer >10
35.
Oenanthe finschii Finsch's Wheatear Felsensteinschmätzer >10
36. (+) Oenanthe xanthoprymna Kurdistan Wheatear Rostbürzel-Steinschmätzer >10
37.
Monticola solitarius Blue Rock Thrush Blaumerle  
38.
Monticola saxatilis Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Steinrötel  
39.
Iduna pallida Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Blassspötter 2
40.
Phylloscopus trochilus Willow Warbler Fitis 5
41.
Muscicapa striata Spotted Flycatcher Grauschnäpper 1
42.
Lanius collurio Red-backed Shirke Neuntöter >150
43.
Lanius senator Woodchat Shrike Rotkopfwürger >50
44.
Pica pica Eurasian Magpie Elster  
45. Corvus monedula Western Jackdaw Dohle  
46.
Pyrrhocorax garulus Alpine Chough Alpendohle >10
47.
Corvus cornix Hooded Crow Nebelkrähe  
48.
Oriolus oriolus Eurasian Golden Oriole Pirol >30
49.
Montifringilla nivalis White-winged Snowfinch Schneesperling >10
50.
Carduelis cannabina Common Linnet Bluthänfling  
51.
Carduelis carduelis European Goldfinch Stieglitz  
53. Emberiza cineracea Cinereous Bunting Türkenammer >10
54.
Emberiza calandra Corn Bunting Grauammer  

Photos