This morning we left this resort in Hermon for the fishponds of Armash. During a short stop we all photographed the Rosy Starlings! Hundreds of these birds were sitting in the trees along the road.
The ponds are laying nearby the Turkish/Armenian border and we had already a permission to visit this place. It are large ponds surrounded by reed fields. We walked between the old fishponds and had not eyes enough to see all those birds. A few pictures I took:
Great Reed Warbler
Lesser short-toed Lark
The most spectacular - for us Belgian birders - was indeed the White-tailed Lapwing. Therefore an other picture of this bird, this time in flight:
We had a wrap as lunch along this ponds so we hoped to stay there a little bit longer but we had to go. On the program was still for today a visit of the Vedi gorge. There we saw the Isabelline Wheatear, the Woodchat Shrike, the Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, the Booted Eagle, the Egyptian Vulture ... and last but not least a Grey-necked Bunting. This beautiful little bird was too far away to take a picture.
In that gorge, I also could take a picture of our driver Andronic and of our "wonderful" guide Mika. My warmest greetings go to the both of them accompanied with a kiss for Mika!!
(Please click on the images for a larger view!)