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

22: Konya-Karaman-Eregli triangle

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Asian Short-toed Lark Calandrella cheleensis niethammeri

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
European Roller Coracia garrulous
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis

SPECIES: REMAINING
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaoto
Northern Little Owl Athene noctua indigena
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Sand Martin Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Common Blackbird Turdus merula
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix sharpii
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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NOTES ON THE AREA
Places visited are described by Gosney in Finding Birds in Turkey – Ankara to Birecik.

Birding in the area is quite some fun, with our main special bird being Asian Short-toed Lark Calandrella cheleensis niethammeri. Along the road between Karaman and Eregli, larks Alaudidae are numerous and we made many stops to check them. Here, Asia Minor Ground Squirrel Spermophilus xantoprymnus is abundant. Therefore, one would expect high numbers of Accipitriformes here, but we saw only a smal amount. A probable Saker Falco cherrug was resting along this road in an electricity pole, but was too distant. As we drove closer, the bird had gone and could not be found again.

It is important for future visitors that, at the time of our visit, no water could be found at the Eregli Marshes or anywhere else in the surroundings. At the Sultan Marshes, this is said to be the same case. I'm not sure whether this is caused by the time of the year or permanent. At least many reeds were still present, so water could not have been absent for too long.

A good tip is that of a colony of breeding Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni near the small village of Bogecik. To reach it, drive the main road between Karaman and Eregli a few hundred meters further eastwards than were you can find a small indistinct sign pointing northwards towards Bogecik, and turn north onto a smaller road. This road is partly covered with asphalt and partly with gravel and makes a strange turn around some sort of dike. After a few hundred meters, just before a very small settlement, the birds breed on the left side of the road. We saw many fresh juveniles being fed by adult males and females. Perfect site for photographers!

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Good hotels are available in both Karaman and Eregli. Truly recommended. People here are extremely friendly and fairly western-orientated in these cities.






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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