Friday, May 9, 2014

postcard from the Ala Daği

Spent my birthday high in the Ala Daği range in Turkey with a group of botanists. I got to see some birds including this fab male white-throated robin despite some appalling weather at times.

It was snowing by the time we got up above 2500 metres asl and a number of birds were feeding on the mine buildings garbage, including this snowfinch, one of many.

 Also on the dump were at least three alpine accentors.

The penicillata race of shorelark must be in with a shout of a future split?

Just before the irises called us away I managed to connect with a flock of red-fronted serin and then it was back to the plants.

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