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

11: “Small Mast Lake”

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala

SPECIES: REMAINING
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Gadwall Mareca strepera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Garganey Anas querquedula
Common Teal Anas crecca
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus

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NOTES ON THE AREA
As we drove from Kars towards Dogir and further towards Igdir, we passed -by incident- a small lake with lots of reed. It looked very promising and it turned out to be just that. This area will not be found in other publications and implies only a small lake along the road we followed, not a vast area.

If you are travelling in this area, say from the Ardahan area towards, most logical, the Isak Pasa Palace, it is a good idea to visit this small lake. For sure it is the easiest place in Turkey to have perfect views of White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala at a close range, or one of the best at least. These birds even breed here.

You can reach this spot by driving towards Dogir and Igdir from Kars, along the D070. After ±35 kilometres, you will reach a very high television mast or something that looks like it. It is situated on a high green hill. The small lake is between this mast and the road. We observed all interesting species from the road with ease.

When driving a little further south, you'll pass the small village of Dogir. Just after this village, there is a rocky hillside on the west side of the road. Here, we observed a single Chukar Alectoris chukar, as well as a single Northern Little Owl Athene noctua indigena just before dark.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Plan a visit during a passage as mentioned above. You can find all birds within an hour.






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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