12 June 2009

Think of a pun with 'van' in it

Birding along the road to Catak failed to produce the, hoped for, Plain Leaf Warbler but did mean we bumped into the trip's first Rose-coloured Starlings. A long afternoon/evening on the Van Marshes produced: White-headed Duck, Slender-billed Gull and an unexpected Marsh Warbler and a host of trip-ticks; one week in and we're on 184. The Rough Guider seemed to enjoy his trippette and had apparently "never knowingly seen so many bird species in a day", another happy punter,... and we got a free lunch out of it and our very own interpreter for the day, everyone's a winner.

Bonus image: just in case you can't make it out, it's a large beetle.

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