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

21: Cyprus: Bellepais Monastery and surroundings

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae
Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca
Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax
Cretzschmar's Bunting Emberizza caesia

SPECIES: REMAINING
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
Desert Little Owl Athene noctua lilith
Common Magpie Pica pica
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix pallescens

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NOTES ON THE AREA
A tactful birder will only travel to Cyprus from mainland Turkey to see just two species not found in Turkey itself: Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca and Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax. Other species that can be found are possible on mainland Turkey, too. Note also that both these Cyprus specialities can be found in Israel on passage. Cyprus Wheatear is easily found at a variety of places, e.g. behind the Bellepais Monastery. At this same spot, Cyprus Warbler can be found reasonably easy. Although we had about 10 skulking individuals, we did not manage to see a nice male.

As written in the itinerary section, travelling to Cyprus by ferryboat was horrible. Timetables mean nothing in Turkey, customs are extremely time-consuming and temperatures are very high. As we arrived at the island, we took a taxi towards the Bellepais Monastery and walked from there upwards against the mountains. The walking was though, but Cyprus Wheatear was easily found. No good views of Cyprus Warbler could be obtained, so we went back the next day. Again no good views of the warbler. A very tame young Red Fox Vulpes vulpes anatolica was present.

A perfect site about bird watching and other nature-related topics at Cyprus is found at www.northcyprusbirds.com. Go check it!

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Many hotels are present on the island. We had our taxi driver choose one. Maybe he just brought us to a friend, but the hotel was very good with air-conditioning. The hotel was very expensive, but expect every hotel on the island to be so.






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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