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

3: Göksu Delta and surroundings

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus
Grey-headed Swamp-hen Porphyrio poliocephalus caspius
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla feldegg
White-spectacled Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthopygos
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes syriacus
Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis
Olivaceous Warbler Acrocephalus pallidus elaeicus

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus rubber
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
European Roller Coracia garrulous
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra
Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus fuscus
Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus caspius
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis

SPECIES: REMAINING
Red-crested Pochard Rufina rufina
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Northern Little Owl Athene noctua indigena
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator niloticus
Common Raven Corvus corax
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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NOTES ON THE AREA
In the morning we visited the west side of the delta, site 3 and 4 in Gosney. Very nice were the Black Francolins Francolinus francolinus, of which we could view one calling male very well. Not mentioned by Gosney (which is dated), we found the track across the beach closed. So, driving far south was not possible anymore. Beach tourists use the northern part of this beach. The southern part is hopefully destined for breeding Loggerhead Turtles Caretta caretta, which are numerous along the coast west of the delta. At least, we found about 8 individuals within the sea, about a few kilometres west of Tasucu. Here, day-trippers and swimmers use an inlet, but turtles are swimming there as well. Try to check from the rocks near the road. We observed a few big individuals as well as some smaller ones. Few European Shag Stictocarbo aristotelis were also present.

Since the beach is not a possibility to reach Gosney site 4, we drove through the holiday village south of Tasucu, which was not very easy to find. We drove south out of this holiday village and followed a small sandy track towards the now viewable watching tower as far as possible. With a four wheel driven car, one can surely reach the tower and drive way further south than we did! Other turtles we found were numerous Spur-thighed Tortoise Testudo graeca and Hermann´s Tortoise Testudo antakyensis on the path towards the watching.

On our return voyage (westwards from Birecik), we visited the Göksu Delta for a second time while waiting for the ferryboat towards Cypres. This time, we drove north out of Silifke, into the mountains. Gosney describes this place as excellent for raptor watching (Gosney site 14). Strangely, we did not find any raptor within a two-hour search! Our only conclusion can be the time of the year of our visit. Gosney visited in August and most have been observing migrating raptors, not resident to the area.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
Finding a reasonably prices hotel or pension is not too hard in nearby Silifke. Camping within the delta is also very well possible, especially at Gosney site 4. But, beware of heat and mosquitoes!






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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