Right place, Right Time and Luck!

Right place, Right Time and Luck!

Birding from Dalyan 2015, based on sightings from those who have used Dalyan as a base.

In a new edition to the booklet ‘ Finding Birds in South-West Turkey’, Dalyan was described as ‘a little disappointing’, however to put that into context the author was referring to changes in local agriculture practices that have affected the number and variety of birds that the author had seen on his last visit some years ago to the latest visit to update his booklet. Different birders have different expectations, for me just been out birding is enjoyable and I tend to report all birds that I see on each and every morning walk, cycle, car or boat trip. Other birders report only those ‘special birds’ that they feel others will be interested in and what is special is a matter of perspective.

 

In a previous blog I discussed the saying ‘right place, right time’, which rings true for birding and some birds are not going to be seen unless you are in the right place at the right time, and then you can throw in another element ‘Luck’. The right place and right time refers to the seasons and habitat. You are not going to get the mountain birds down in Dalyan hence the two and a half hour drive time for some trips up into the mountains, and your not going to get the migrant passage birds in summer, or the summer birds in winter or the wintering birds in summer, so what you are likely to see will depend on when you visit and where you go , and that is why I suggest a number of different sites, based on a stay in Dalyan and with a full days birding from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm in order reach some of the more distant sites.

 

All types of birders visit Dalyan, some come as a holiday destination that their family can enjoy whilst they can also throw in some decent birding, others come just to knock off ‘lifers’ a bird they have never seen before, so again if your looking for ‘lifers’ it will depend on your previous experience and world travel and indeed Dalyan may prove disappointing. So what constitutes a good ‘tick’ again is a matter of perspective. I was once out with an experienced birder come twitcher in Dalyan whose tally was 2, 125 world list and a Western Palearctic list of 520. I am not sure if they were after ‘lifers’ but they still had a target list for their stay in Dalyan, one of which was Rufous Bush Robin a bird he eventually picked up at Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop. During their stay we discussed target birds that other birders may be interested in seeing and the following list includes those birds he suggested plus I have added others that I a none ‘twitcher’ would also be pleased to see:

 

Black-headed Bunting

Sombre Tit

White-throated Robin.

Calandra Larks

Isabelline Wheatear

Finsch’s Wheatear

Blue Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Turtle Doves

White-throated Kingfisher

Red-rumped Swallows

Krüper’s Nuthatches

Bonelli’s Warbler

Rufous Bush Chat

Eleonora’s Falcon

Spur-winged Plover.

Red-footed Falcons

River Warbler

Montagu’s Harrier

Lesser Kestrels

Little Bittern.

Red-fronted Serin

Cretschmar’s Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Rock Bunting

Penduline tit

Rüppells Warbler

Black Storks

Syrian woodpecker

Blue Rock Thrush

Pygmy cormorant

Stone Curlew

Olive Tree warbler

The following sightings taken from repots on dalyanbirding.com via twitter and email, via BirdForum/Turkey/ Dalyan, eBird and bird reports on google search.

 

Jan 15

According to John Codling , birding in January was a wash out, Literally!

 

Feb 15

White Throated Kingfisher, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Brendan Searson

Cirl Bunting, Ortaca to Köycegiz road hear to American Car place, seen by John Codling

Black Storks, Okcular, seen by Alan Fenn

 

 March 15

 Merlin, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Brendan Searson

Merlin

Blue Rock Thrush, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Brendan Searson

 

April 15

Spoonbill, Kaunos, seen by Brian Robertson

Collard Fly Catcher, Kaunos, seen by Brian Robertson

Collard Flycatcher

Green Woodpecker, Kaunos, seen by Brian Robertson

Scops Owl, Kaunos, seen by Brian Robertson

Rock Thrush, Kaunos, seen by Brian Robertson

Spotted Redshank, Kaunos, seen by Brian Robertson

Short Toed Lark, Dalyan, seen by Brian Robertson

Caspian Tern, Dalyan, seen by Brian Robertson

Pygmy Cormorant, Dalyan, seen by Brian Robertson

Glossy Ibis, Dalyan, seen by Brian Robertson and Brendan Searson

Ibis

Wryneck, Dalyan, seen by Brian Robertson

Rüppell’s Warbler, Kaya Köyü, seen by Brian Robertson

Mediterranean Gull, Çalis Beach, Fethiye, seen by Brian Robertson

Red Fronted Serin, Seki Area, seen by Brian Robertson

Finsch’s Wheatear, Seki Area, seen by Brian Robertson

Isabilline Wheatear, Seki Area, seen by Brian Robertson

Black-winged Stilts, Iztuzu Beach, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg Adams

blackwinged-stilt

Stone Curlew, Iztuzu Beach, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg Adams

Caspian Terns, Iztuzu Beach, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg Adams

Cretchzmar’s Bunting, road to Elmali, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg Adams

White-throated Robin, Seki, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg Adams

white-throated-robin

Red-billed Choughs, meadow above Seki, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg

Adams

chough

Rock Thrush, meadow above Seki, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg

Adams

Red-fronted Serin, meadow above Seki, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg Adams

 

May 15

Penduline Tit, Rocky Outcrop Canal Route, seen by Brendan Searson

Masked Shrike, Rocky Outcrop Canal Route, seen by Brendan Searson

Rüppell’s Warbler, Kocadere Valley, seen by Brendan Searson

Rüppells Warbler

Raven, Kocadere Valley, seen by Brendan Searson

Short-Toed Eagle, Dalyan, seen by Rob Smallwood

Eleanor’s falcon, Dalyan, seen by Rob Smallwood

Black Woodpecker, (inflight only) road near Kavakarasi forest, seen by Rob Smallwood

Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Iztuzu Beach, seen by Rob Smallwood

Moustached Warbler, Yuva Marsh, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg Adams

Olive-tree Warbler, edge of Köycegiz Lake, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg Adams

Krüper’s Nuthatch, Beyobasi, seen by Dougy Wright and Greg

Black Headed Bunting, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Brendan Searson

Ortolan Bunting, , Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Brendan Searson

 

June 15

Honey Buzzard, Köycegiz Lake, seen by Brendan Searson

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Brendan Searson

Turtle Dove, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Brendan Searson

White Throated Kingfisher, Dalyan, Rob Smallwood

White Throated Kigfisher

 

July 15

 

Nightjar, Dalaman Airport, seen by Brendan Searson

Bonelli’s Eagle, Dalyan, seen by Darren Shepard

Little Bittern, Dalyan Canal, seen by Brendan Searson

 

August 15

Little Crake, Rocky Outcrop Canal Route, seen by Brendan Searson

Little Crake

Spotted Crake , Rocky Outcrop Canal Route, seen by Brendan Searson

 

September 15

 Short-toed Treecreeper, Göğü-Beli Geçidi, seen by Brendan Searson

Green sandpiper, Göğü-Beli Geçidi, seen by Brendan Searson

Green Sandpiper

Sombre Tit, Göğü-Beli Geçidi, seen by Brendan Searson

Red-rumped Swallows, Göğü-Beli Geçidi, seen by Brendan Searson

Black stork ,Göğü-Beli Geçidi, seen by Brendan Searson

Juv Black Stork

Golden Oriole ,Dalaman River near Güzelyurt , Richard Fisher

Water Rail , near Sarigerme, Richard Fisher

 

October 15

Blue Rock Thrush , Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop seen by Brendan Searson

Femal Blue Rock Thrush

Slender billed Gull, Çalis Beach, Fethiye, seen by Brian Robertson

Montagu’s Harrier, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop seen by Brendan Searson

Montagu%22s Harrier

Great White Pelican, Yuva Marsh, seen by Brian Robertson and Dalyan Stadium by Brendan Searson

White Pelican

Ruddy Shellduck, Yuva Marsh, seen by Brian Robertson

Temminck’s stint, Dalaman Airport Pools, seen by Brian Robertson

Spur Winged Lapwing, Dalaman Airport Pools, seen by Brian Robertson

Little Bittern, Çalis Beach, Fethiye, seen by Neil Fox

Osprey, Çalis Beach, Fethiye, seen by Neil Fox

Slender Billed Gull, Çalis Beach, Fethiye, seen by Neil Fox

Whiskered Terns, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Mark Eaton

Pygmy Cormorant, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Mark Eaton

Blue Rock Thrush, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop, seen by Mark Eaton

Red Footed Falcon, Okcular, seen by John Codling

Red-footed Falcon

White Tailed Eagle, Dalyan, seen by Neil Fox

Blue Throat, Eskiköy Rocky Outcrop seen by Brendan Searson

Alpine Swift, over Dalyan, seen by Neil Fox

 

November 15

Namaqua Dove, Dalyan, John Codling

Namaqua Dove

Yellow Browed Warbler, Kocadere Valley, seen by John Codling

Yellow-browed Warbler

Northern Goshawk, Kocadere Valley, seen by Jon Lyles

 

December 15

Sparrow Hawk, Okcular, John Codling

Long legged Buzzard, Okcular, John Codling

 

 

Looking at the desired list and those cited by birders visiting Dalyan, there are only Calandra Larks, Bonelli’s Warbler, River Warbler and Lesser Kestrels not seen by any of the birders, but all have been seen in previous years

Although a lot of the birds cited above have only one entry in this list, many have in fact been seen by more than one of the birders mentioned and at different sites to those listed. The list is merely to demonstrate that there is a wide variety of birds in the area to meet most birders needs and indeed Dalyan is not as ‘disappointing’ for birders as some suggest. That is not to say that someone can’t visit and have a bit of a barren run, I have had them myself, but some days are just brimming with new sightings! The White Throated Kingfishers have been seen all year round, Rufous Bush Chat/Robins are regulars around June/July/August, and Black Headed Buntings are about in May and June. etc etc, along with Rollers and Bee eaters.

 

Lets hope next year is as good!

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Right place, Right Time and Luck!

  1. Jim Wakenshaw friend of Jon Lyles says:

    This 19th September 2017 had an Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler in the Binlick Hotel Gardens, Dalyan.

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