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

6: Between Sivas and Erzurum

SPECIES: SUB-ZERO
Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla feldegg
Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala

SPECIES: HIGHLIGHTS
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Common Crane Grus grus
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
European Roller Coracia garrulous
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe melanoleuca
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor

SPECIES: REMAINING
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra

To obtain information about the numbers and exact places we observed these species, please download the complete trip report in pdf-format from the QUICK LINKS! on the right.

NOTES ON THE AREA
We followed this road, since it is the shortest from Demirkazik towards the famous Sivri Kaya. The drive was very long, but most of the roads were reasonable. Along the road, species such as Black-headed Bunting Emberizza melanocephala and Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus turned out to be very common. A great number of larks Alaudidae and wheatears Oenanthe spp. flew up along the road almost constantly. Unfortunately, only a little number was checked because of a lack of time and the busyness on the road at most places. We suspect many, if not most, of the larks to have been Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata. As we stopped at a suspect bird, it indeed turned out to be a very nice showing individual.

NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
It is possible to drive from Demirkazik or the not too far Sultan Marshes to Sivri Kaya within one day, but a very early start is necessary. We left Demirkazik at the end of the afternoon and had a sleep in a dirty motel at Gemerik, about 80km northeast of Kayseri. If you'd like to stop at all the promising looking places, I'd advice you to take two whole days for the mentioned drive. It is surely worth it!






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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