Kulu, Mogan and Kozanli

Yesterday I went to lake Kule (or lake düden as it is also called). It is still an awesome place with hundreds of flamingos giving good views. But I didn’t search for the lesser flamingo as most flamingos were very far away. Most shorebirds have gone so the birds left are mostly breeding birds.

The larks seem to have increased somewhat since my last visit and lesser short-toed was the most common one – some of them feeding young now. But calandra, greater short-toed and skylark are fairly common too. All the red-throated pipits were gone and only a few breeding feldeggs and tawny pipits were present.

But gull-billed, whiskered, black, white-winged and common terns gave good views as did one armenian gull, some medi gulls and severeal slender-billed. Oystercatcher was a new turkish tick, but the real highlight were 61 white pelicans flying over.

I also checked Kozanli and lake Mogan. Highlights include 2 rose-coloured starlings, hundreds of white storks and one black stork, 3 little owls and squacco hersons in their splendid colourfull breeding plumage.

All in all a good day.


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