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Short trip report from Istanbul, Turkey 16th to 19th September 2009

  • Istanbul is justifiably famous as a place to watch migrating raptors, especially in autumn. I was, therefore, very fortunate to find a conference I needed to attend was being held in the city in September...Ben Miller reports.

Western Turkey May 24-June 7, 2006

  • During the two weeks in Turkey, I managed to find a little less than 100 species, about a third of which were life birds for me.  I consider the total a satisfying number...Mike Tanis reports.

Where to watch birds around Istanbul, based on a stay in the city October 2004 - July 2005.

  • The two birding highlights of a visit to the city are a boat trip on the Bosphorus and raptor passage....Michael Grunwell reports.

Bayram, Turkey 13th – 15th November 2004

  • With a total of four days off work and based in Istanbul I decided to hire a car and drive south, I had no clear plan just a general desire to see some mountain birds. I knew that distances in Turkey are vast but I wanted to see just how easy a long drive across Anatolia would be....Michael Grunwell reports

Central Anatolia and the Aegean Coast May 15th - June1 2001

  • This was a holiday to the Western half of Asiatic Turkey which was intended to combine some of the well known (and a few lesser known) tourist sites with an element of bird watching. Fortunately this combination was not difficult and many of the areas visited yielded both good birds and interesting locations...Chris Cameron reports




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Some Useful bird books for Western 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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