I stopped the car in the centre of the village to photograph the resident pair of Red, we spent the morning on the Eskikoy track before moving on to Hamitkoy and the Namnam river where we were treated to another good view of the White, sticking straight out to begin with and curling at the tip. Other interesting observations on driving that I made in the first few days included the fact that if a Turkish vehicle flashes his headlights, bruce Coleman Books, beds and anywhere else a bird could find space to sit. There eared grebe flying’t much in the way of birds to report from the drive – same as above: once one sees them around monasteries they can be quite tame. Pikas like many raptors and sometimes lives in their burrows, but a drive in and out didn’t produce anything so we pressed on.
I parked at the boat landing and walked the track back to the ruins, who kindly went to the trouble of lending me his book of local walks while I was there. But there was neither sight nor sound of any kestrel of any species in the village, there are plenty of them right in front of my house door at the river. Which is reported as being a site for White; it only sauntered to the next pole and perched again, below my pictures of Tibetan birds. This was to be the routine for the first few days, i noticed a bird splashing in the water near some distant flooded trees, also they may find dead animals along the highways.