Friday, 8 June 2012

TURKEY 8 June 2012; Nemrut Dagi

All day on Nerut Dagi, starting off around Pension Cesme before breakfast, to avoid the sun-rise tourist rush, then most of the rest of the morning around the summit after better views of Kurdish Red-tailed Wheatears.  We then worked our way slowly down back to the Pension and finished the day in the orchards below it.  Birds seen included 3 Alpine Swifts, 10 Shore larks, Tawny Pipit, 12(!!) White-throated Robins, 3 Red-tailed, 2 Finsch's and 5 Black-eared Wheatears, 4 Rock Thrushes, 6 Orphean and 4 Upcher's Warblers, 5 Pale Rock Sparrows, 12 Snowfinches, 2 Crimson-winged Finches and 10 Cinereous Buntings.
Nemrut Dagi summit from above Pension Cesme
view from Nemrut Dagi east towards the Ataturk Baraji
view SE from Nemrut Dagi
the traditional view of the eastern terrace and the summit
stone heads on the western terrace
stone heads on the eastern terrace
more heads on the western terrace
the western terrace with Nick just about visible on the left
Red-tailed Wheatear at the summit
showing red tail

Red-tailed Wheatear half way back to Pension Cesme
showing the white in the outer tail feathers
a very smart wheatear indeed
flighty Snowfinch near the summit
young Snowfinch
Shore Lark at Nemrut Dagi
nest of Shore Lark
Rock Thrush or bowerbird?
Pale Rock Sparrow at Nemrut Dagi

and a very distinctive buzzy song too although it wasn't always easy to tell where it was coming from
Cinereous Bunting at Nemrut Dagi

they were common immediately above Pension Cesme
male Black-headed Bunting at Nemrut Dagi
female Black-headed Bunting at Nemrut Dagi
Black-eared Wheatear at Nemrut Dagi

White-throated Robin at Nemrut Dagi
a somewhat dishevelled individual

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