Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 14, 2018

Even Higher on Olympus

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Olimpos Birding – Day 2.

Out again today in Olimpos. I started a bit later this morning. It rained a bit yesterday afternoon and last night so I was a bit sluggish starting off.

Blue Tit
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

I got a bit of a shock when I saw these in the computer. I thought they were Great Tit. First time for me. Terrible photos but, #recordshot only. This photo I had to paint in sharpness and clarity because it was so out of focus.

Blue Tit
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

I did another photo of the Blue Tit but this one is at a bad angle. At least it is a little more in focus than the other one.

White-spectacled Bulbul
White-spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos)

This White-spectacled Bulbul was hooking into a pomegranate in the orchard of my hostel. I just walked down the back and there it was. Last seen in the UAE.

Black Redstart - male
Black Redstart (Pnoenicurus ochruros)

I just worked out what yesterday’s “Eastern Nightingale” was. It was a female Black Redstart. Same ruddy rump. Same bobbing motion.

European Stonechat - male
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)

And last but not least, a European Stonechat.

Olimpos bird list

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
White-spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos)
Eurasian Jay
Great Tit (Parus major)
Common Chaffinch
Black Redstart (Pnoenicurus ochruros)
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
European Robin

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

January 11, 2018

Fethiye Birding 3

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Challish Plaji – Phase Two.

Second day at Challish Plaji. Early morning this time. I climbed back through the hole in the fence. This time there were no fishermen. I had it all to myself.

Sardinian Warbler
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephela)

I got a lot of out of focus shots of this male Sardinian Warbler, but I got lucky with just a few. whew!

European Robin
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Another new bird on the reeds. But I am not totally sure about the ID of this one. I know what. I will look it up on the internet. doh! Yep. Back again. The internet confirmed my prelimary Identification. It is a European Robin.

Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

This dove was being very patriotic. Peace, man.

Grey Plover
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

There was only one of these around. Lucky I saw one.

Great Cormorant
Great Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax carbo)

Crested Lark
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)

Fethiye bird list

Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephela)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)
Great Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax carbo)
Black-headed Gull 1st winter
White Wagtail
Little Egret
Grey Heron
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Common Redshank
European Stonechat
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Common Chaffinch
House Sparrow

January 10, 2018

Challish Beach Wetland

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Challish Beach – Fethiye, Turkey.

I did go down to Challish Beach this afternoon. I caught the Dolmu(minibus) and found the wetland near where a canal opens into the ocean. I think there were more fishermen than birds.

Water Pipit - maybe
Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) maybe

I am not totally sure about this identification but I think it is a pretty good guess.

Eurasian Teal - male
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

This one is the male.

Eurasian Teal - female
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)

And this is the female.

Common Redshank
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)

A small mob of Common Redshank were the only waders on the swamp.

European Stonechat
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)

There were a few greassbirds around the wetlands. I managed to get a couple of them.

Challish Beach bird list

Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)
Common Moorhen
Common Coot
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Black-necked Grebe
Mallard
Grey Heron
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)

Birding From A Dolmu

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Aksazlar Beach – Fethiye.

After a hearty breakfast, I was out at the bus stop waiting for a bus to take me over the other side of the peninsular from Fethiye. It seems that there were no buses going to where I wanted to, so I just grabbed a random bus that took me to Aksazlar Beach, a few kilometers up the road. It was a nice little beach with fake sand and a resort. The nice man let me walk around taking photos of the birds.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

I was quite surprised to see a Grey Wagtail, because they have been all White Wagtails up until now.

Great Tit
Great Tit (Parus major)

There were a few birds near the beach but not a great variety.

Common Chaffinch
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

I walked along the road a while until I came to a lookout on a point and then turned back. There were no buses going this way and very few cars. The country around here is mainly pines , so not a great variety of flora.

Mallard  - male
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

I got a lift from a nice man who worked for a yachting charter company, then had a nice turkish coffee in the mall. And that was it. My escapade was over by 10am. This afternoon I might go to Challish Beach, where there might be a few birds near a creek entrance.

Fethiye Bird List

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Great Tit (Parus major)
House Sparrow

January 9, 2018

Masts and Snow

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Fethiye – South West Turkey.

I was up at 8am this morning. Made my breakfast, packed up and walked down to the bus station (otogar). It was a half-sized bus and went half-way to Mugla. At Mugla I changed buses and made it all the way here to Fethiye.

Schooners and snow
Schooners and snow

You can see snow-covered mountains from the ocean. That is pretty amazing.

Masts and snow
Masts and snow

There is lots of money tied up in boats around here. So many boats.

A new Gulet being made
A new Gulet being made

I happened upon the shipyards where they are making even more schooners. How many do they need? But they are amazing boats. All made out of wood. Gorgeous. Here the ribs have been put together.

A Gulet hauled out.
A Gulet hauled out.

This one was hauled out of the water having some work done.

Another new boat
Another new boat

This one had the skin on. Thin layers of wood, put on diagonally.

Wide view of the shipyards.
Wide view of the shipyards.

There were lots of boats hauled out getting work done.

Cutting some steel.
Cutting some steel.

A couple of guys cutting some steel. It looked like it might be going to fit somewhere on the keel.

Boats in the marina
Boats in the marina.

And this was not the only marina. There were dozens of them.

January 7, 2018

Castles and Trawlers

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Selchuk, Pamucak and Bodrum.

After Ayvalik and the rain, I was very happy to get sunshine at Selchuk, about one hundred kilometers east of Ayvalik. The moon was out as well as the sun.

Selchuk Moon
Selchuk Moon

There was a castle on the hill but I did not get to visit it. I looked at it from afar quite a few times but I was too busy looking for birds to get up there.

Castle on the hill
Castle on the hill.

The next day I went to Pamucak, about ten kilometers from Selchuk and on the coast. This trawler was out on the water trying to catch some fish.

trawler at work
Trawler at work.

Most people were out on this jetty trying to get some fish as well. I did not see anyone catch anything. There seems to be two schools of fisherfolk, the bait on the ganged hook brigade and the jiggers.

Pamucak jetty
Pamucak jetty

This guy was on the other side of the inlet going out to sea. I do not think he was catching anything either.

The Lone Fisherman Theory
The Lone Fisherman Theory.

This afternoon I arrived at Bodrum, further east along the south coast of Turkey. This is the pool at the hotel where I am staying. I might go for a swim tomorrow. Nothing but the best for me.

my hotel's swimming pool
Luxury Swimming Pool.

And here is a view from my luxury resort. The view is free, luckily. Bodrum, look out.

bay of bodrum
Bay of Bodrum.

January 6, 2018

A Day Out In A Dolmu

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Pamucak Birding

Breakfast was at 8:30am with traditional Turkish food – olives, fetta cheese, tomato, bread. It was delicious. I caught the minibus at 9am and was heading to Pamucak. I got off at a creek flowing into the ocean. There were fishing boats all around and on the jetty lots of people were fishing.

European Serin
European Serin(Serinus serinus)

I went out along the breakwater but nothing was happening, so I walked along the creek. This was a bit better with a few mobs of little birds. I finally got a definitive shot of a European Serin. This time I could definitely tell what it was.

Eurasian Magpie
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)

I took quite a few photos of the Eurasian Magpies flying around. I could not choose, so I did two. One with the wings down.

Eurasian Magpie
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 2514

And one with the wings up.

Hooded Crow
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

Funny seeing a Hooded Crow around with all the Jackdaws flying about.

Wheatear ?
Wheatear ?

I think this is a wheatear but I am not sure. doh!

Pamucak bird list

European Serin(Serinus serinus) 2370
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius atricapillus)
Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Pygmy Cormorant (Microcarbo pygmeus)
Great Tit (Parus major)

January 5, 2018

Selchuk – South West Turkey

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The Seven Sleepers.

It was raining yesterday and I was not real happy about it. But this morning I got up and I could see the moon! Blue skies were coming so I set out along the track to the Seven Sleepers.

Western Jackdaw
Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

I had been seeing these crows for the past few days and at first I thought they were Hooded Crows but something seemed off about them. They were too small and made this weird uncrowlike call. I finally got some decent shots and worked out what they were. Western Jackdaw.

Eurasian Blackbird
Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)

I am not sure if this is the same one that we have in Australia. I better check. Yep. It is the same one that we have in Australia. Probably introduced by stupid Europeans.

Great Tit
Great Tit (Parus major)

First time I have seen this one. I have seen the Cinereus Tit and the Japanese Tit, which have been split off from the Great Tit.

Syrian Woodpecker
Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos assimilis)

I did not know what I had here until I saw it on the computer. Awesome. Just near the tea stalls at the Seven Sleepers. The male is on the right with the red on top of the head. The female is without red on the head.

European Serin - i think
European Serin(Serinus serinus)

I am totally unsure about the identification for this one. It also may be something like a Rock Sparrow? No idea, please help if you can. 🙂

ID help needed
Long-legged Buzzard ? 1948

I have no idea what this is. It may be a buzzard. Steppe Buzzard?

Raptor id needed please.
Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus)

thanks to Louis Driver for the ID. (Once again, no idea. Please help.)

ID needed please
female house sparrow

Again, no idea what this is. It looks like a sparrow with rufous shading. Petronia? doh! the female House Sparrow got me again. thanks Louis. 🙂

Eurasian Jay
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius atricapillus)

At last a decent photo of a Eurasian Jay. Good light, low ISO. laughing.

Selchuk bird list

Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Great Tit (Parus major)
Syrian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos assimilis)
European Serin(Serinus serinus)
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius atricapillus)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
House Sparrow
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus) ?

January 3, 2018

Rain Rain Go Away

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Ayvalik In The Rain

I was up at 8am in the dark, ready for a day of birding. Cheese, eggs, and olives for breakfast and then the hotel manager informs me that it is raining. Doom and gloom. Oh well. I finished my breakfast leisurely, took some photos of a fighting cat, then went back to bed.

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) – adult in winter plumage.

Around lunch time, it looked like it might be clearing up, so I put the camera in the bag and headed outside. I walked west, towards the town centre, had a doner kebab and yoghurt drink for lunch and kept heading along the waterfront. Ugh, it started raining again. I sat down under a shelter for a while, then when it stopped, I kept moving.

Hooded Crow
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

Then all of a sudden, I see a grebe in the water. I am hoping it is a new one, but I am pretty sure it is a Black-necked Grebe, seen before in Aswan, Egypt. I take a few photos and keep walking. I get to the bridge to the islands, take a couple of photos of the Hooded Crows, then head back.

Mallard - male
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) – male

More rain, I see some Mallards. At least there is a male and female. So I take both to show the difference.

Mallard  - female
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) – female

I spot someone welding a boat in the shipyard. I take some photos. Interesting.

welding a keel
Welding a keel

Ayvalik bird list

Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Hooded Crow

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