2/1 - Home, Ankara
1. Rock Dove
2. Eurasian Magpie
3. Common Chiffchaff
4. European Robin
5. Common Chaffinch
4/1 - Mogan Lake, Ankara
6. Common Buzzard
7. Long-legged Buzzard
8. Western Jackdaw
9. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
10. Corn Bunting
11. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
12. Northern Shoveler
Saw this one with the corner of my eye yesterday while walking around my house in Ankara. It disappeared into the sun after a short while and photos unfortunately came out pretty bad due to distance and heat haze... I've never seen a Common Kestrel with such unmarked white underwings and richly...
This gull was uploaded to a Turkish birding site as a European Herring Gull and it looked interesting to me so I'd like to hear your opinions about it. The wingtip pattern looks fine for argentatus for me but is that bill within variation? And also what other features can be checked? Is there...
Recorded on 2 Dec 2020. Ankara, Turkey.
Habitat: Wooded fringe of a small pond. Around the intersection of trees and a small reedbed. About 100m from water but there is an extremely small stream running through the leaf litter (about as wide as...
Photographed these this morning near my house in Ankara.
I am torn between Rock and Cirl on the bunting. Few yellow feathering around wing bend and more extensive streaking suggest Cirl to me but this would be rather unusual here. Stumped.
The flycatcher, which unfortunately...
Just wanted to keep this here as well. Turkish ticks in bold.
01/01 - Around my house, Ankara
1) Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
2) Rock Dove Columba livia
3) House Sparrow Passer domesticus
4) European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
5) European Serin Serinus serinus
6) Great Tit Parus major
A little late of a start but here goes, Turkish ticks in bold:
02/01 - Ankara city center
1) Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
2) Rock Dove Columba livia
03/01 - Ankara city center
3) Rook Corvus frugilegus
4) Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
5) House Sparrow Passer domesticus
6) Great Tit...
I'm fairly certain this is a Common Merganser / Goosander but since it's really rare around here I would really like to hear some opinions from birders with a more northerly origin :)
Seen today in Ankara, Turkey.
Thanks in advance
I know this is kind of a long shot but can anyone comment on these admittedly horrible shots? First saw 4 of them on 26th on my university campus in Ankara, Turkey. Next day I brought my camera and saw 3 of them but only saw them for c.10 secs from a larger distance and these are the...
Hi everyone, I recorded this song at my university campus in Ankara on 22 May this year.
Very varied with lots of imitations, the ones I could catch are White Wagtail, Great Tit, Eurasian Blue Tit, European Goldfinch, Common Linnet. There are also some House Martin-like calls and something...
I saw this bird at Uludağ, Turkey (S Marmara) where both Common and Pallid are known to breed. I'm pretty sure it's a Pallid but would like some other opinions, especially considering juvenile Common. Can they ever show such a distinct eye mask?
I know the photos are bad (and the most...
Photographed this juvenile marsh tern in Ankara today. I'm thinking Whiskered but the long bill, dark upperwings and the fuller black cap are throwing me off. I've considered Black but the shoulder patch seems too weak and there is quite a bit of "saddle" on it. Looked slightly more...
I'm currently on a Volga River Cruise tour and during our stop in Uglich yesterday I came across a family group of Acrocephalus warblers. As birding wasn't my purpose I didn't have my camera so these are "biniscoped" and thus are of rather poor quality.
I noticed them by their Lesser...
Taken on 12 May from Sarıyer Bird Observation Tower, Istanbul while watching raptor migration. Single bird, associated with 3 Steppe Buzzards high up. Was very far away so in the field I could only get to Accipiter sp.
Can specific ID be determined from these shots? And if so, any chance...
I saw this grebe at Mogan Lake, Turkey on Sunday. It was very very far away and unfortunately the bird was barely visible in any photos or videos I shot. Thus all I have really is this BoC video that I shot with a lot of magnification!
The bird in question is the one on the right of...
Saw this bird at Lake Mogan, Ankara this afternoon. Tons of chiffchaffs around and this one caught my eye a little. When I first saw it at a distance, I though it looked like a Dusky Warbler, but the supercilium looks weak, too much green, long and white-tipped primaries and almost...
Now that fall is here and it is the best time for birds to surprise us, I wondered what people here are expecting as new additions to their national lists. I'm not talking about life lists but the official national list for your country, determined by an RC or etc.
To get the ball rolling, here...
Hi all, photographed this swift in Ankara, Turkey this April. In the field it looked pale milk-brown but that could've been an effect of lighting.
Anyways it also seems to have a more extensive throat patch and a darkish area around eyes, so made me question whether or not it could be Pallid...
For the last 4 years I have been using Canon EOS 7D with my 400mm 5,6 lens (which are my first ever photo. equipment). I have been satisfied mostly but for the last couple of years I have been increasingly bugged by just how poorly 7D handles ISO. Seriously, any shot beyond 800 or...
My friend Cenk Polat took these photos on 8 May in Lake Kulu, Konya. We have had a Lesser Flamingo there since 2009 and another Lesser Flamingo was also found there in 2015 though that one apparently died due to injuries.
In the photos you can see the long staying Lesser with a...
So due to the negative 8-P feedback I got on my last post, I decided to go today to my local patch to find some migrating Bluethroats. Quickly found this what seems to be a first-winter male. It was confiding so I had a good time with it.
The photo was taken while sitting on the ground, about 5...
Taken on 8 April 2016 at 09:20. Approximate distance 4-5 meters. Shot taken by crawling on the grass for about a meter (you can see my reflection on its iris:).
Body: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f5,6
F Number: 7,1
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Shutter Speed: 1/800
Edited in Adobe...