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

17: Nemrut Dagi near Tatvan

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Armenian Gull Larus armenicus
Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus
Pale Rockfinch Carpospiza brachydactyla
Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris penicillata
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maura armenica
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris anatoliae
Rock Bunting Emberizza cia

SPECIES: REMAINING
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Common Blackbird Turdus merula
Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis icterops

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NOTES ON THE AREA
The area, being an inactive volcano crater, is well described by Dave Gosney in Finding Birds in Eastern Turkey. Our visit to this area was not quite a success, which was partly our own mistake. We arrived in the afternoon (heat) and a heavy wind blew in the crater. Because of the afternoon, almost all birds were quiet, while the heat made it impossible to view the large crater lake present. So, to have a decent birding experience here, try to visit in the morning!

It is noteworthy that roads up and through the crater are very well drivable, contradictory to Gosney. It looked like they had been renewed recently.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Nearby city of Tatvan should have hotels. A campsite is present near the lake within the crater, but might be private.






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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