Pallid Scops Owl - look at those lovely feathered legs!
Thought these boys deserved a separate post. Pallid Scops Owls at Birecik - now July is a good time to see them. The juveniles were inquisitive, the adults slightly more flighty and you could have a nice Turkish tea or cold drink while watching them. We visited the place at day and night, enjoying excellent views on both occasions.
A nicely barred young Pallid Scops Owl
The place is easy to find - just head south for a few hundred yards along the River Euphrates from the main road. Just south of the Gulhane Tearooms described in Gosney, there's an entrance bordered by a Pepsi logo. Here's the tea garden where we saw all our owls - and not a bit of hassle from the locals. Now that shows the progress Turkey's making!