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Let me tell you a story. I am also thinking of including this in my book. After 20 years of waiting,SİBERİAN RUBYTHROAT. This bird is quite important to me. When I was a small kid, one of the first books I’ve cast an eye on, mentioned the possibility of siberian rubythroat bird to stray away from Mongolia & Siberia, areas it is native to and end up in Turkey. Fellow birdwatchers would know; during fall every year, Siberian rubythroats, migrate from Siberia to Thailand before winter presses on. This migration happens during September and October. When those months arrive, us, European birdwatchers grab our binoculars and run to the fields, wondering if siberian rubythroats end up in our countries. What we attempt is not even close to optimistic; when we search for a needle in a haystack, we aren’t even sure if there actually is a needle to begin with! However, on occasion, some of us, as luck would have it, experience the incredible. Siberian rubythroat that ended up in the Netherlands two years ago is the perfect example. An astray bird, lost its way and headed exactly in the opposite direction. Instead of Thailand, it ended up in Northern Europe.
Ever since I saw the bird on that book, 20 years ago, I hoped to include the bird in Turkish Official Birdwatch list. If I were to ever spot one, species that has been observed in Turkey would just be one more! However neither I nor any other bird watcher in the country had siberian rubythroat in their binoculars. It still is a “potentially” observable bird in Turkey. Please do call me if you ever see one! :) I’ve been to spots where siberian rubythroat might overwinter, so I might find it, with no luck. I ended up being one who paid a visit to Mongolia. First 12 days were spent in a tour for journalists, so no birdwatching for me. I could not even spot one siberian rubythroat. It soon came to an end for Mongolia for me. That was Unacceptable... Making such a trip and not seeing even a single siberian rubythroat would have marked the most terrifying experience of my birdwatching history. So my travel was extended, after a fairly tiring day, I’ve observed 5 members of the species, never been more satisfied. As the sun set, one of them even approached, half a meter close to be exact, as I waited, waited, motionless. The species I was dying to see satisfied me with its company. I had the pleasure of experiencing it’s behaviors and calls. No way I was going to forget the sound of its voice, next time it chimes between the trees. Mind you, it’s a shy creature; loves the shades. I am so glad it gave me the perfect frames. Even its capillaries are visible on its legs. Last two videos have my happiness and those lovely moments. (No sleep, a hike of 10 hours under the rain, I am totally exhausted!:)
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