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Finding Birds in South-West Turkey

Finding Birds in South-West Turkey

Dave Gosney

August 2014.Describes the best birding sites in exceptional detail, made even clearer by Dave Gosney's trademark maps. It covers the best sites close to tourist resorts such as Dalyan, Fethiye, Kalkan, Bodrum, Antalya and Manavgat and several sites inland within a days drive of those areas. It includes detailed sites for Brown Fish Owl, Red-fronted Serin, White-throated Robin, Asian Crimson-winged Finch, Finsch's Wheatear, Olive-tree Warbler, Graceful Warbler, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Kruper's Nuthatch and many more.

This guide replaces the now out-of-print Finding Birds in Western Turkey. When the author visited Western Turkey he explored more sites than he could fit in one book so there is also a Finding Birds in North-West Turkey.

Compared to other publications covering the same area, this one:

  • Provides the most detailed maps - so you can easily find your way to the best tracks, footpaths, feeding stations, hides and bird towers.
  • Includes GPS co-ordinates to help you find the right turnings, parking spaces or viewing points.
  • Highlights the best areas only - and summarises the key attraction in the first paragraph so you can easily decide whether to read on or bother to visit the site.
  • Has a map on the inside cover which serves as an index so you can easily find any site in the book.
  • Is light and portable (and cheap).
  • Is complemented by a DVD showing you exactly what it's like to go birding in many of these sites.

Sites covered:

Efes marsh - good birding sites next to Ephesus and Kusadasi.

Buyuk Menderes delta and Bafa Golu - terrific area for wetland birds, buntings and warblers if you find the right places.

Gulluk marsh and Tuzla Golu - wetlands close to Bodrum airport.

Koycegiz and Dalyan - including new information on how to find White-breasted Kingfisher.

Dalaman airport pools - terrific for waders if water levels are right.

Fethiye and Olu Deniz - birds of mountain, forest and marsh close to the resorts.

Patara and Kalkan - lovely countryside with marshes and Yellow-vented Bulbul.

Seki and the Gogubeli Pass - discover exciting mountain birds within an hour of Fethiye.

Korkuteli Hills - for all the mountain birds including Crimson-winged Finch.

Manavgat area - with sites for Olive-tree Warbler, Yellow-vented Bulbul and Graceful Prinia.

Oymapinar reservoir - how to see Brown Fish Owl.

Mount Honaz - for Horned Lark, Red-fronted Serin and Krupers Nuthatch.

Pamukkale - a spectacular natural phenomenon with added Finsch's Wheatear.

Lake Burdur - the most important site in the world for White-headed Duck and much more.

Acigol - what a place. Fantastic freshwater marshes and hillsides full of buntings, shrikes, warblers and robins.

Isikli Golu - a great place to get close to wetland birds. 40 pages.

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