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

23: Kulu Gölü

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus
Asian Short-toed Lark Calandrella cheleensis niethammeri
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla feldegg

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus rubber
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola
Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii columbinus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina

SPECIES: REMAINING
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Red-crested Pochard Rufina rufina
Common Pochard Aythya farina
Garganey Anas querquedula
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus
Pontic Gull Larus cachinnans
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris

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NOTES ON THE AREA
Kulu Gölü has been described by Dave Gosney in Finding Birds in Turkey – Ankara to Birecik. The area is relatively small and therefore easy to bird. The main lake is said never to dry up fully, contrary to e.g. the Eregli Marshes. Driving round the lake was possible at the time of our visit and we found this very much fun. Many birds can be approached quite well when staying inside the car. Beware that driving round the eastern part requires you leave the sandy tracks and drive of road along the shoreline, where you might get stuck at very dusty parts.

Apart from driving a circle around the main lake, a sandy track can be driven around a small separate lake south of the main lake (by Gosney drawn as a part of the main lake). Here we found most waders Charadriiformes and terns Sternidae.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Some proper hotels are present at nearby city of Kulu.






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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