Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 13, 2018

High on Olympus

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Olimpos, South Turkey.

After a five hour bus journey yesterday, I was ready for the sack, which I hit after a hearty meal of meatballs and salad. As well as soup. I was ready to go at 9am but the sun was not up yet. It was still behind this massive mountain. But I still set off.

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

This is a new bird for me, found in the pine forest half way down the mountain.

Cetti's Warbler
Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti)

I am pretty sure it is a warbler but not totally sure if it is a Cetti’s Warbler. I need expert input.

Eastern Nightingale
Black Redstart (Pnoenicurus ochruros) female

I am not even sure about the taxonomy of this one. Edit: At first I thought it might be an Eastern Nightingale but I am more inclined towards Common Nightingale juvenile. But to me it looks more like an Indian Robin or Brown Rockchat, which is impossible. So I am pretty much stumped. Edit 2: Back to Eastern, doh! Edit 3: female Black Redstart. double doh!!

Sardinian Warbler
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)

I am pretty sure this is a Sardinian Warbler. This is the second time I have seen one of these.

Great Tit
Great Tit (Parus major)

There are heaps of these Great Tit around. It is raining now and they are still flitting around the trees near my hostel. For your information the sun did not come over the mountain until 10:30am! That brought a few more birds out.

Olimpos bird list

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti)
Black Redstart (Pnoenicurus ochruros)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Great Tit (Parus major)
White Wagtail
Eurasian Jay
Common Chaffinch
Mistle Thrush (turdus viscivorus)
Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopus syriacus)
European Robin

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