TURKEY 2004

REPORT OF A BIRDING TRIP TO THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN PARTS OF TURKEY
JUNE THE 26TH TO JULY THE 18TH


© 2004 Kasper P Hendriks

Long-legged Buzzard @ Turkey © Wesley Overman


PLACES VISITED
A SYSTEMATIC LIST

1: Alanya surroundings

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
Alpine Swift Apus melba
European Roller Coracia garrulous
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica

SPECIES: REMAINING
Common Swift Apus apus
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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NOTES ON THE AREA
Anlanya has never been known as a special birding area within Turkey, which it surely isn't! The place has been prepared for fat and vulgar Germans and Dutchmen. Therefore, hardly any birders have searched the area recently. It was by accident that we stopped our car on the first day of our visit just north of Alanya, behind the supermarket “Metro”, in order to obtain some food and water. As the supermarket turned out to be closed, we had a short break behind it, for the area looked little promising. When strolling along the small rivulet just north of the supermarket, a sparrowhawk spec. passed by at a high speed. Some of us immediately noticed the birds black wing tips, making this a serious candidate for the much sought-after Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes. Unfortunately, the bird disappeared even quicker than it appeared and dove behind a nearby collection of large trees. After half an hour, the bird had not been found and we left.

At the end of our trip, some time to spend was left and we decided to take a donkey shot at the aforementioned spot behind the supermarket. Although we did not expect this, a male Levant Sparrowhawk appeared within an hour, soaring in front of the hills north of Alanya. We were lucky, because the bird decided to fly in our direction and catch a prey not to far from us. We had very pretty views of the bird as it flew of with its prey and disappeared into the direction of the mountains again.

On the map below, I pointed out were we observed this bird. To reach the place, numbered I, follow the northern main road through Alanya and follow the signs to supermarket “Metro”. You will surely find it easily. If you'd like to cool down a bit, go to the place numbered II on the map. From the "Metro" supermarket, take a narrow asphalt road westwards across a branch of the rivulet and follow this for several hundred meters. Turn north as soon as you have found a 'main' road northwards between the many small blocks of flat. You will reach a bigger road. Constantly follow the north-eastern direction into the mountains and always choose the roads that lead you directly high up into the mountains. After a few kilometres (maybe up to ten), you will reach some very high points and temperature becomes agreeable. On the way up, we saw at least three European Rollers Coracia garrulous and two Short-toed Eagles Circaetus gallicus.

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NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Many cheap and expensive hotels are found all along the coastline in and round Alanya. Expect many hotels to be fully booked by beach tourists!






To find out more about the other places visited during our trip, just click one of the numbers below or one of the links on the right!

Route travelled through Turkey in 2004 Alanya surroundings Mediterranean coast road Göksu Delta Tarsus Delta Aladag Mountains: Demirkazik Between Sivas and Erzurum Gelinkaya, Sivri Kaya, Ovit Dagi Gecidi and surroundings Between Savsat and Ardahan Hills east and valley south of Ardahan Aktas Gölü and surroundings Between Igdir and Dogubayazit Isak Pasa Palace and surroundings Between Dogubayazit and Van Lake area Van Lake area, including Erçek Gölü and Van Hills Bulanik Area Nemrut Dagi near Tatvan Nemrud Dagi and surroundings, between Siverek and Adiyaman Birecik and surroundings Durnalik and surroundings Cyprus: Bellepais Monastery and surroundings Konya-Karaman-Eregli triangle Kulu Gölü Akseki and surroundings Click on one of the places visited!


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GENERAL

ITINERARY

PLACES VISITED
1:Alanya surroundings
2:Mediterranean coast road
3:Göksu Delta
4:Tarsus Delta
5:Aladag Mountains
6:Between Sivas and Erzurum
7:Sivri Kaya and surroundings
8:Between Savsat and Ardahan
9:Ardahan surroundings
10:Aktas Gölü
11:"Small Mast Lake"
12:Between Igdir and Dogubayazit
13:Isak Pasa Palace
14:Between Dogubayazit and Van Lake area
15:Van Lake area
16:Bulanik Area
17:Nemrut Dagi near Tatvan
18:Nemrud Dagi and surroundings
19:Birecik and surroundings
20:Durnalik and surroundings
21:Cyprus
22:Konya-Karaman-Eregli triangle
23:Kulu Gölü
24:Akseki and surroundings


BIRDS OBSERVED



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