|Crested Lark at Birecik|
|Iraq Babbler at Birecik, presumably a young bird|
|playing 'if I can't see you then you can't see me'|
We'd thought we might need three nights at Birecik but had seen all the key species in an evening and early morning! We decided to visit Durnalik during the day and return to Birecek for the evening as we'd paid for two nights in the hotel. It took about an hour and a half to get to Durnalik, not helped by some inept map reading on my part. By the time we arrived it was getting quite hot but bird activity remained good for the 4-5 hours we were there. Highlights were 6 Eastern Rock Nuthatches, 2 Cinereous Buntings, 6 Pale Rockfinches (all being new) as well as 3 White-throated Robins, Rufous Bush Robin, 2 Finsch's Wheatears, 2 Blue Rock Thrushes, 4 Sombre Tits, 2 Desert Finches and a flock of 12 Spanish Sparrows.
|Blue Rock Thrush on the cliffs at Durnalik|
|adult Eastern Rock Nuthatch on the cliffs at Durnalik|
|juvenile Eastern Rock Nuthatch. We didn't find the rock nutters an easy species pair. The thickness of the black behind the eye seemed to us the best feature, especially as juveniles had very much shorter bills than adults|
|note the amount of black behind the eye and the thickness of the bill|
|Rufous Bush Robin in the gardens at Durnalik|
|female Black-headed Bunting bathing in a pool in the gardens at Durnalik|
We returned to Birecik where we concentrated again on the Ibis wadi hoping for more prolonged views of See-see but only heard one. I saw a Great Spotted Cuckoo and Roller, and Menetries's and Upcher's Warblers were still present. A pre-roost flock of 26 Bald Ibis were flying around over the wadi when we arrived and 9 were seen in the wadi. We ate in a restaurant near the hotel, feeling a bit too tired to revisit the owl cafe.
|bridge over the Euphrates at Birecik|
|a Renault 12, still a very popular car in Turkey|
|old and new buildings in Birecik|
|Bald Ibis with large youngster in the Ibis wadi, another to add to my colour-ring collection although a relocation on the Adur is unlikely!|
|the youngster appeared to be encouraging the adult to regurgitate a meal for it|