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BIRD WATCHING TOUR OF TURKEY

Arrival Adana & Transfer to Tasucu

Meet at the Adana airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to Tasucu, close to Goksu Delta area, where we spend the night at the hotel

Goksu Delta

Today we have an early morning start for Goksu delta, a prime habitat for water birds.With over 335 species recorded here, it is one of the most famous places for bird watching in Turkey.

We explore the wetland and look for some specialties here, including Marbled Teal, PurpleSwamphen and Black Francolin, as well as many migrating waders. Additionally we shouldbe able to find Audouin’s Gull, Spur-winged Lapwing, Moustached Warbler, Graceful Prinia,Pygmy Cormorant, Collared Pratincole, White spectacled Bulbul, pelicans and many differentpasserines along our route. Keeping our eyes on the sky for Eleonora’s Falcon, we explore theGoksu delta for the whole day.

Goksu delta to Aladaglar Mountains

After an early breakfast and a morning birding in a marshy area of Goksu delta, we cross the Taurus Mountains and head tostunning Aladaglar mountain range, home to the highest peaks of the Taurus, famous for its gorgeous lakes, sheer rock walls, deeply cut valleys and canyons.Here we begin our exploration with a walk up to a spectacular gorge which should produce Wallcreeper, Red-billed Chough, Ring Ouzel, Red-fronted Serin and Chukar. Later the day we drive to our accommodation in Demirkazik village where we stay for two nights. We enjoy our dinner with local village cuisineand views towards magnificent Demirkazik peak.

Aladaglar Mountains

We make a very early start this morning for an exceptional birding trip. We ascent a rough track to 1,500m (and possibly to 3,000m depending on the seasonal snow level), by tractor and trailer. Getting to our observation point by the first light will allow us to find the elusive Caspian Snowcock more easily. Here we can enjoy our morning tea and coffee and a light breakfast. In the area there are many other alpine species, including Radde’s and Alpine Accentors, Alpine and Red-billed Choughs, Crimson-winged Finch and Whitewinged Snowfinch. Later the day we descent back and have a traditional breakfast or possibly lunch, dependingon the time and the altitude we have reached. Some interesting species can be found as well next to our accommodation, including Rose-coloured Starling.

Aladaglar Mountains to Sultan marsh

Until noon we will discover the Aladaglar region and in the afternoon head to Sultansazligi nature reserve, one of the most important breeding areas in the country.This is a rare ecosystem, where salt and fresh waters coexist and the only place in Turkey where Common Cranes, Greater Flamingos, herons and White Pelicans breed together. The reserve is a home to more than 300 different species of bird, of which 85 species breed.

Sultan marsh

Another day of exploration in Sultan marshawaits us where we will be able to see several water birds; Pygmy Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, Little Bittern, Night Heron, White Stork, Black Stork, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, thousands of Greater Flamingo, Gadwall, White-headed Duck, Greater Sand Plover, Avocet, Mediterranean Gull, Slender-billed Gull and Gull-billed Tern, as well as the Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Lesser Short-toed Lark and Isabellina Wheatear on the surroundings steppes.In the late afternoon/early evening we return to our pension, where we spend the night.

Sultan marsh to Adana

After breakfast we continue our observation in Sultan marsh region until afternoon. Afterwards we leave the area and drive to Adana, one of the country’s largest cities, a fast-growing agricultural and industrial town, famous for its speciality Adana kebab, minced meat mounted on a wide iron skewered and grilled on an open barbecue fire filled with burning charcoal. We spend the night in Adana at the hotel.

Adana to Akyatan Lake (Akyatan Lagoon)

After breakfast we drive to Akyatan lagoon, a 14.700 hectare wetland ecosystem that is designated as wetland of International Importance by Ramsar Convention.

A major stop over for migrating birds, Akyatan is recognized as an important bird area by bird life international. It is the single largest green turtle rookery at the Mediterranean, holding 43 % of the Mediterranean nesting population. The insect rich reed bed shores, shrub covered dunes of the lagoon are an ideal area for feeding and nesting of hoopoe, European roller and swallows. Akyatan is also an important nesting ground in winters. During the harsh winters of inland Anatolia, with the freeze of lakes at plateaus, huge flocks of birds fly to Akyatan. It is estimated that 70.000 to 80.000 birds live in Akyatan during winter. Among the birds that nest the winter in Akyatan, pochard, Eurasian wigeon, Common shelduck, Eurasian coot form large flocks besides the endangered White-headed duck.

Greater Flamingo is another popular bird in the area. Every year more than 10.000 greater flamingos, mostly migrating from Lake Urmia in Iran, winter at Akyatan. Akyatan is an important breeding area for the endangered marbled duck and rarely seen purple swamphen and black francolin. Red-crested pochard, mallard and ferruginous duck are otherduck species that breed in the area. Eurasian Stone-curlew, Kentish plover, spur-winged lapwing and little tern also breed in the area. In the late afternoon we return to Adana where we spend the night at the hotel.

Transfer to Adana Airport

Transfer to Adana airport where the trip ends.

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