Tuesday, 9 June 2015

SW Turkey Bird Trip - Saturday 2nd to 11th May 2015

Tuesday 5th May 2015.

Today was our visit to Hierapolis Ruins, near Pamukkale. A UNESCO World Heritage Site an area of classical ruins, hot springs and gleaming white travertine terraces. It is the first time I have visited a site that has been mentioned in the Bible (albeit only once).

As well as the historical element of the site, Hierapolis is also a great site for wildlife including Finsch's Wheatear and a big population of Spanish Sparrows.

First bird to show was a Black-eared Wheatear

Then a Finsch's Wheatear. The photograph below shows the Finsch's perched on the rock with a Black-eared Wheatear flying past - fluke!

The Finsch's Wheather was a new bird for me and one I had wanted to see for awhile having enjoyed watching the Wheatear's in Dubai previously.

More views of Finsch's Wheatear as it enjoyed being centre of attention.

Nesting Western Rock Nuthatch.

Mud collecting Red-rumped Swallows

New birds added to the list....
Common Kestrel
Little Ringed Plover
Eurasian Skylark
Sand Martin
Northern Wheatear (1 - seen on the ruins)
Finsch's Wheatear

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