Birding sites

Birding sites

There are thirteen birding sites suggested in the drop down menu providing a vriety of habitats and birding opportunities as either quick trips by foot or bicycle , or longer trips by car or Dolmus, or full days out by either boat or car. 

Dalyan is an ideal base to discover the region which consists of complex wetland of brackish lakes , canals , fresh water and estuarine marshes , reed beds , coastal habitats and degraded maquis scrub covered limestone hillsides. Dalyan itself is an ideal base from which you can also bird the Southwest region of Turkey.

Famous for its rich culture, ancient ruins, good food, friendly people, reliable climate and golden beaches, South West Turkey offers a holiday destination that birders and walkers can enjoy whilst keeping the family happy too. 

If you are planning to do one of the longer trips, to one of the remote parts a little preparation and planning may be required.

Be prepared is a good idea and the following may be useful. 

Firstly , apply insect repellant before you set off, mosquitoes are still active first thing in the morning when out birding and also when out in the fields, woods and other undergrowth during the day, there are plenty of other insects that need deterring, take a small bottle of Sin kov (local insect repellant) for times of paranoia and to deter flies as and when necessary. 

Secondly , take a small hand towel, this is the best birding advice I have ever been given and is useful in which ever country you may be birding in, it has it’s obvious uses for drying yourself or mopping away sweat, acts as a cushion if you need to sit on an uncomfortable surface while you watch and can act as a support of scopes or camera lens (a little like a bean bag) and many more uses. 

Thirdly , take a small first aid kit including something for stings. 

Fourthly , apply sun cream and have head cover, obvious maybe, but the sun here is very strong.

Last but not least , Mobile signals are not reliable up in the mountains, let people know where you are going and your expected return time.

Planning for some trips is important , there are no shops of any kind at Çöğenli Yaylasi or Lake Girdev so you will need to stock up with supplies before you go, especially water if you are going in the summer months and intend to spend the day there. 


© Brendan Searson 2017