Ornithology in Turkey

Tour Code : NAW 04

–    Mediterranean to east Anatolia via Aladaglar mountains
–    Brown Fish-Owl in Oymapinar Lake area
–    Goksu Delta; prime habitat for water birds
–    Caspian Snowcock in the Aladaglar National park 
–    Sultan Marsh nature reserve
–    Tuzla & Yumurtalik Lagoon; Isikli & Durnalik

Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec


Duration of the Trip
9 Days / 8 Nights


Difficulty Level
= A (Easy)


Hotel & Pension                               :    6 Nights
Mountain Hut/Local village Pension    :    2 Nights

Day 1 : Antalya to Manavgat/Side

Meet at the Antalya airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to Manavgat/Side where we spend the Night. Depending on arrival time it is possible to drive to the Oymapinar Lake and to start looking for the Brown Fish Owl.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 75 km; (Antalya airport – Manavgat/Side)
Transfer time: 40/45 min.; transfer distance: 25 km; (Manavgat/Side – Oymapinar Lake)
ON: in Manavgat/Side at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D

Day 2 : Manavgat/Side to Tasucu via Oymapinar Lake (Brown Fish-Owl/Ketupa zeylonensis)

Early in the morning we drive to the Oymapinar Lake, also known as the Green Canyon and start for Brown Fish Owl. We will have a boat trip at the Oymapinar Dam searching for Brown Fish Owl at a recently discovered site and at the extreme western edge of its range. Afterwards we drive to Tasucu where we spend the night at the hotel.
Transfer time: 40/45 min.; transfer distance: 25 km; (Manavgat/Side – Oymapinar Lake)
Transfer time: 6 h; transfer distance: 325 km; (Oymapinar Lake – Tasucu)
ON: in Tasucu at the Hotel 
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Goksu Delta & Aladaglar national park

We have an early morning start for the Goksu Delta, which is 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, Purple Swamphen and Black Francolin, as well as many migrating waders. Additionally we should be able to find Audouin’s Gull, Spur-winged Lapwing, Moustached Warbler, Graceful Prinia, Pygmy Cormorant, Collared Pratincole, White spectacled Bulbul, pelicans and many different passerines along our route. Keeping our eyes on the sky for Eleonora’s Falcon, we explore the Goksu Delta. Afterwards in the late afternoon we head to the north Aladaglar region and cross the Taurus Mountains. Depending on arrival time we can begin to explore and walk up a spectacular gorge which should produce Wallcreeper, Red-billed Chough, Ring Ouzel, Red-fronted Serin and Chukar. Later we drive to our overnight accommodation where we as well enjoy our dinner, with some home grown food and views of the Magnificent Demirkazik Peak.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 45 km; (Tasucu – Goksu Delta)
Transfer time: 4 h; transfer distance: 270 km; (Tasucu – Aladaglar Demirkazik village)
ON: in Demirkazik village (Aladaglar) at the Mountain Hut/or at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Aladaglar national park (Caspian Snowcock/Tetraogallus caspius)

We make a very early start this morning for an exceptional birding trip. We ascend, 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, we descend and have a traditional breakfast, or possibly lunch, depending on the time and the altitude we have reached. Some interesting species can be found near next to our accommodation, including Rose-coloured Starling.
ON: in Demirkazik village (Aladaglar) at the Mountain Hut/or at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Aladaglar National park to Sultan Marsh

In the morning we discover the Aladaglar region and 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. 
ON: in Ovacikciftlik at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Via Sultan Marsh to Adana

Another day of exploration in Sultan Marsh where we 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. Afterwards we leave the Aladaglar Area and drive to Adana where we will spend the Night.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 165 km; (Aladaglar Demirkazik village – Adana)
ON: in Adana at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Adana to Gaziantep via Tuzla & Yumurtalik lagoon

After breakfast we leave Adana and drive to Gaziantep by visiting Tuzla and Yumurtalik on the way. Tuzla is known as Bird paradise, home to hundreds of birds; white spectacled Bulbul, Graceful Prinia, White throated and Pied Kingfishers, Cattle, Little Egrets and Night herons, Pygmy Cormorants, Greater Flamingos, Shelducks, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers, Slender-billed Gull. Afterwards we visit the Yumurtalik area, part of the Cukurova Delta, with many lagoons. Collared Pranticoles, Little and Gull-billed Terns, Greater Short-toed Larks, Dead Sea Sparrow, Zitting cisticola, Pied Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, Rufous Bush Robin, Olivaceous warbler might be seen. In the late afternoon we continue to Gaziantep where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 4 h; transfer distance: 295 km; (Adana – Gaziantep via Tuzla & Yumurtalik Lagoon)
ON: in Gaziantep at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Gaziantep to Isikli & Durnalik

In the morning we will stop at a dry oak scrub with a spectacular landscape near Durnalik and Isikli where we will look for Red-tailed Wheatear and Upcher’s Warbler, together with White-throated Robin, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Western and Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Cretzchmar’s Bunting, Sombre Tit and Cinereous Bunting; Saker is also possible here. In the late afternoon/early evening we return to Gaziantep where we spend the Night.
Transfer time: 30/40 min.; transfer distance: 40 km; (Gaziantep – Isikli & Durnalik / one way)
ON: in Gaziantep at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 9 : Gaziantep – Home

Transfer to Gaziantep airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 30 km (Hotel – Gaziantep airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Day 1: One (one way) arrival transfer from/to Antalya airport/Hotel in Manavgat/Side
      Day 9: One (one way) departure transfer from/to Hotel/Gaziantep airport
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel; Mountain Hut and/or local village Pension accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Bed & Breakfast (BB) and Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    8 x Breakfast, 7 x Lunch (Lunch packages & Restaurants where available), 8 x Dinner
–    Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National Park entrance fees


Price Excludes
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips