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Turkey, the South-east, 26 April - 11 May 2013

  • Back in 1984 I birded Turkey on a 7 week trip, driving by car from The Netherlands and covering around 10.000 km during that trip. I returned especially to Turkey to try to observe 3 target species: Caspian Snowcock, Kurdistan (Red-tailed) Wheatear and Iraq Babbler ....Henk Hendricks reports.

Birding at the edge of the Western Palearctic, between Euphrates and Taurus Mountains Sept 2009 Christoph Moning reports. (.pdf Format)

Central and East Turkey May 2005, 2006 and 2007

  • Turkey is one of the best birdwatching countries in the West Palearctic. Several species are best seen here, and with the good infrastructure, it is possible to cover all main areas with all target species within a two weeks holiday...Klaus Malling Olsen reports

Turkey June 2006

  • From early April through late June 2006 my wife and I took a trip through central and eastern Turkey in search of birds and wildflowers...Katharine and Robert Higbie report.

South and East Turkey 19th to 29th May 2006

  • Birding in Turkey is very attractive especially from the point of some in the Western Palearctic scarce breeding birds. Travelling in late May means that most of the migration has passed and the focus will therefore be on breeding birds and late migrants...Thomas Lindblad reports.

Birding around Van, Doğubayazit, and Erçek 28th to 30th June 2005

  • I flew to Van for two nights, hired a car and birded around Doğubayazit and Erçek.  I explored a route close to the Iranian border and drove around lake Erçek....Michael Grunwell reports.

A brief visit to the Van area of Turkey 28th – 31st October 2004.

  • I visited Van for a 3 night stay with a non-birder work colleague. The bird watching was mostly casual as I was with non-birders but I did manage some serious birding on the Sunday morning around Van Iskele....Michael Grunwell reports

"Surprising Eastern Turkey" early September 2001

  • The "Van-Lake", also appeared to be a productive area with: Temmincks Sandpiper, Hoopoes, Short-toed and Lesser Short-toed Larks( pseudobaetica). Here, very surprisingly, another 1st winter Red Tailed Wheatear ("on migration", of course!), a male Redstart (ochruros), 3 female Citrine Wagtails, Red-throated Pipits, Olivaceous Warbler, Marsh Warblers and a Sedge Warbler...Jan Wierda reports



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Some Useful bird books for Eastern Turkey:
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Birds of the Middle East
R.F. Porter, S.Aspinall: Buy from or

  • This is a completely revised second edition of the bestselling field guide to the birds of the Middle East. For the first time, the text and maps appear opposite the plates, and as a consequence there are fewer species per plate than before. The text and maps have been fully revised and many new artworks have been painted. There are more than 100 new species in this new edition, which features more than 810 species in total. It will be the essential field guide for anyone visiting the Middle East.

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The Birds of Turkey (Helm Field Guides)
Guy M. Kirwan et al: Buy from or

  • Detailed accounts of the status and distribution of all the birds ever recorded in Turkey. An indispensible guide for any serious birder visiting Turkey.

Birds of the Middle East
R.F. Porter, S. Christensen, P. Schiermacker-Hansen: Buy from or

  • If your going to this region you must buy this book. It is a great break through. Comprehensive and complete, it eliminates the need to carry too many books in the field: we know how important that is! The text is well written by experts, and many of the plates are fantastic; those by John Gale especially stand out; just dream about those raptors! Birds of the Middle East" is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this region. It covers all the species, including vagrants likely to be seen in Turkey

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Europe's best Field guide. If you only carry one field guide on a trip into Europe then this should be it. It provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and numerous illustrations to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding, etc).

Recommended travel books for Turkey

Lonely Planet: Turkey
Tom Brosnahan, Pat Yale, Richard Plunkett: Buy from or

  • This guide to Turkey provides details on getting around, places to stay, places to eat, and entertainment options.

The Rough Guide to Turkey
Rosie Ayliffe, Marc Dubin, John Gawthrop: Buy from or

  • I used this book on holiday in Turkey last year and I found it had all the vital information required to make my holiday a greater experience. Every detail beaches, restaurants, customs, food and what to watch out for were all explained very clearly. On the subject of food, I was advised NEVER to eat mussels sold by locals on the beach, but unfortunately I read the book 1 day too late!
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