Side, Turkey. September 2013

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Side, Turkey. September 2013

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Sun May 11, 2014 8:21 am

In september last year I took the family with me to Side, in the province of Antalya. We where there in the start of september.

We can from the start draw the concklusion, that for herping - this is not the recommended time :) Hot and dry !

I was out every morning, both around the dunes and ruins, and after a great tip from Daniel Kane, in some irrigation dikes around some fields closer to Side center.
I saw about 10 species of herps, which is a lot better than Norway that time of year - so I was pleased. But unfortunatly missed out on the endemic Lacerta species in the area (L.pamphylica)


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Mauremy rivulata, Side


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Laudakia Stellio, Side

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Phoenicolacerta leavis, Side

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Hemidactylus turcicus, Side

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Natrix natrix persa, Side - the onlu snake species I encountered, But no good pictures (as of many of the animals on this trip)

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Pelophylax ridibundus, Side

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Bufo viridis, Side


I also encountered this little fellow, a Little Owl (Athene noctua) comming out from one of the ruins at dusk

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And under rocks and in hollows in the irrigation dikes, these little fellow - doen anyone know which species they are ?

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EDIT : Species list

Pelophylax ridibunda
Bufo viridis

Natrix natrix

Hemidactylus turcicus
Opiphops elegans
Phoenicolacarta leavis
Laudakia stellio

Mauremys rivulata
Testudo graeca
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Re: Side, Turkey. September 2013

Postby Mario Schweiger » Sun May 11, 2014 9:13 am

very good shots!
The in situ of the Natrix looks great ;)

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Re: Side, Turkey. September 2013

Postby Neil Rowntree » Sun May 11, 2014 1:43 pm

agreed, nice natrix shot.
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Re: Side, Turkey. September 2013

Postby Daniel Kane » Sun May 11, 2014 7:02 pm

+1 for the Natrix shot. Looks like you managed to get quite close to it - not easy to do in many parts of that habitat! I think that crabs are Potamon potamios .
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Re: Side, Turkey. September 2013

Postby Niklas Ban » Sun May 11, 2014 8:54 pm

I love Athene noctua they are such lovely owls! Never had the luck yet to find one in wildlife, tried to find one much of times.. :(
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Re: Side, Turkey. September 2013

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Tue May 13, 2014 5:49 pm

Niklas Ban wrote:I love Athene noctua they are such lovely owls! Never had the luck yet to find one in wildlife, tried to find one much of times.. :(



Travel to Dalyan, Turkey in the spring, we saw many of them in the city at night time :)

Owling at night, herping at day !
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Re: Side, Turkey. September 2013

Postby Niklas Ban » Tue May 13, 2014 6:05 pm

Nice idea, but I want them in their german habitat. Than it's more "special" :lol:
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