Tour Leaders

Soner Bekir

Soner has always been in nature since his childhood in Eastern Thrace in Greece. When he moved to Turkey for university study, he met with the birding community here. Since 2002 he has been guiding tourists, particularly for the rarest birds of Turkey. He has been to the most inaccessible parts of Turkey in NE, E, and SE parts of the country. He has found new species for Turkey, Dusky Warbler, Siberian Accentor and Lapland Bunting, and discovered 11 breeding sites for the long-thought-to-be-extinct Brown Fish Owl* with Arnold van den Berg. He speaks English and Greek. Soner guides for Birdfinders, Liberty Birds, Birdquest and Limosa and leads Southern Turkey and Birecik and Unspoilt Northeastern Turkey tours. E-mail:

Kerem Ali Boyla

Kerem started birding at age 13 when his aunt came back from UK with a bird book present and quickly advanced with the help of a German highschool teacher. After studying biology and ecology, he moved to Ecuador and worked with BirdLife International and published the IBA inventory of Andean countries. Since 2005 he went back in Turkey, and started guiding bird tours. He co-authored the only reference book on the Birds of Turkey and translated two field guides into Turkish. He is the manager of Turkish bird database “Kusbank”. He speak English, German and Spanish, and the native Turkish. Kerem lives in Istanbul, under the migration route of storks, eagles and buzzards! E-mail:

Eray Çağlayan

Eray is an enthusiastic birder and a licensed tourist guide. After finishing the Tourism and Hotel Management 2001, he started birding with Istanbul Birdwatching Society and his life changed for ever. In 2003 he joined the BirdLife partner in Turkey and organised Midwinter Waterfowl Counts and Turkish Birdwatching Conferences. In the last years he has been surveyor for Important Bird Areas and brown bears in Northern and Eastern Anatolia where he has also lead hiking, birding and bear-watching tours. He speaks English and native Turkish. E-mail: