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

16: Bulanik Area

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla feldegg
Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra
Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
European Scops Owl Otus scops
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
European Roller Coracia garrulous
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

SPECIES: REMAINING
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Great Egret Casmerodius albus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra

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NOTES ON THE AREA
We followed the Gosney guide here, and also a report by Spanish birders. Gosney site 4 could be located with some effort. The petrol station mentioned by Gosney has almost gone and is a bit unrecognisable. Though, this is the key to find the good road north towards the river Murat. The sand track towards the river was very well drivable (no rain), but unfortunately interrupted by a man-made stream to carry off rainwater. We therefore walked the last kilometres to the river and also searched a few kilometres along the river Murat itself. Very nice area, but no sign of the regularly sought-after Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo. Since a network of small sandy tracks is present between the river and the main road through Balatos and Yoncali, it might well be possible to get a car to the river itself, especially if you bring a four-wheel driven car.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Both a very chic and a reasonable hotel present in nearby Malazgirt. Accommodation said to be available in Bulanik. We did not visit this city ourselves. If people ever go search for Demoiselle Crane in the future, it'd suggest taking a tent to the river and camp along it. Beware though, that from sunrise onwards many shepherds visit the river with their cattle.






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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