Southern Turkey (incl. Brown Fish Owl)

This tour includes the most popular birding destinations of Turkey. Our targets include some of the rarest Western Palearctic birds; the Brown Fish Owl, White-throated Robin, Krüper’s Nuthatch in Antalya, Caspian Snowcock, Radde’s Accentor and Crimson-winged Finch of Taurus mountains; and Graceful Prinia, Black Francolin and Grey-headed Swamp-Hen of the East Mediterranean wetlands.

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive to Antalya. Transfer to the hotel in Manavgat, near Side river.

Day 2 Brown Fish Owl and Akseki

Dawn start for for specially chartered boat trip to seek Brown Fish Owl. Thereafter birding in general area and en route to Akseki. Birding in Taurus Mountains and looking for Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Western Rock Nuthatch, Krüper’s Nuthatch, Crimson-winged Finch, Red-fronted Serin, Alpine Chough, Masked Shrike. Night in Akseki.

Day 3 Akseki and driving through the Steppe

Birding Akseki area for Krüper’s Nuthatch and other specialities. Drive to Eregli and overnight.

Days 4 Sultan Marshes

Birding the wetland and marsh habitats of Eregli. Later drive to Cukurbag village near Demirkazik. Night Cukurbag.

Day 5 Aladağlar, Demirkazık

Today we will make a very early start at 04:30 AM for exceptional birdwatching. We will decent on a tractor from 1500 m to ~2500 m (depending on seasonal snow level), to look for Caspian Snowcock singing at dawn. We shall watch out for Radde’s Accentor, Crimson-winged Finch, Alpine Accentor, Red-fronted Serin and Chukars. Wallcreeper, White-winged Snowfinch, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Finsch’s Wheatear, Lammergeier and Golden Eagle are among the local specialties. If anybody wishes, we can get down from a spectacular deep gorge by walking from mountaineer’s path. Need to be good health to do that. During lunch we will look for Rose-colored Starling and Olivaceous Warbler in the orchards and Dipper on the stream. In the afternoon we will walk another great valley of Aladaglar to look for species we have missed along the way. Second night in Safak Pension. At night we might look for a Scops Owl with a torch light.

Day 6 Tuzla and return

Our final morning birding before afternoon flights back to London Heathrow (via Istanbul).

Price and Conditions

Full board cost: xxx GBP.
Number of participants: Min. 6 and max. 10 people.
Single room supplement: xxx GBP.

 

Total price includes:

  • Top native birders guiding during the whole tour
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) included
  • Ground transportation by comfortable air-conditioned 17-seater minibus with experienced driver
  • Clean rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Entrance fees for national parks and other reserves

Excludes:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • All purely personal expenses, visa charges, personal shopping, etc.