Turkey lies beneath
several important avian migration
migrations can be rewarding.
months tend to be April, May, June
and September, October and November.
The Turkish government has established
bird sanctuaries called Kus
Cenneti (KOOSH jeh-neh-tee,
"Bird Paradise") in various parts of
the country. Here are the main ones:
Bird Paradise National Park
Kus Cenneti Milli Parki is
a 64-hectare bird sanctuary next to
Bird Lake (Kus Gölü), the
lake called Manias in
ancient times. Located 19 km (12
miles) east and south of
it hosts millions of birds
of more than 250 varieties annually.
To get there from Istanbul, take the
fast ferry, then
a taxi to the lake. You'll probably
have to arrange for the driver to wait,
or to return and pick you up, as there
is no other regular transport.
Plan your transport back to Istanbul
as well. There are more frequent ferries
to and from Yalova,
and frequent buses between Yalova and Bursa,
but then travel between Kus Cenneti
Milli Parki and Bursa is
more trouble than getting to Bandirma.
Avoid weekends as they tend to be
busy, and the birds avoid noisy crowds
of people. Bring binoculars. Picnicking
at the site is prohibited, but as there
are few services, you should bring
don't call it a picnic!
The 14,500-hectare delta of the Göksu (Blue/Sky
Water) River near Silifke on Turkey's
is one of Turkey's prime birdwatching areas. Several
lakes, marshes and sandspits provide shelter for up
species of birds.