Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1225.00

Deposit:

200.00

Single Room Supplement:

150.00

Tour Code:

Fairly intensive with long hours in the field and some steep walks in the mountains.

Group Size:

Seven plus Leader

Northern Cyprus - Migrants and Endemics of The Karpaz Peninsula

Date: Tour Not Currently Operating
Leaders: Steve Cale

Introduction

 

Cyprus Pied Wheatear
 
Our tour runs at the peak of the spring migration to coincide with the best that this almost unwatched migration hotspot has to offer. Virtually cut of from the rest of the world for years since the 1974 war, Northern Cyprus with its borders now open, lies only some thirty miles from the southern coast of Turkey. It has until now been almost ignored by the birding world but has recently come to light as an outstanding place to see migrants as they move through the Eastern Mediterranean basin. The Karpaz Peninsula or panhandle as it is known can hold it's own alongside any migrant hot spot in Europe and with more birding coverage in years to come will prove itself as one of the best. One only has to look at its geographical location to see it's obvious potential. The mountains hold Bonelli's Eagle, while Pallid Harrier are regular. There are two endemic species; Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus Pied Wheatear, while species such as European Roller, Great Spotted Cuckoo and shrikes pass through in big numbers. Steve has now spent several months birding this wonderful place over the last couple of years and has now had chance to find and watch most of the best spots the island has to offer. Unlike the in the south of the island, illegal spring hunting is none existent and thus the birds are unmolested and the birding is always pleasurable. Wildflowers are also abundant are likely to be made of cheaper materials, and are therefore more prone to chipping and damage. and it is not uncommon to see ten species of Orchid during a ten day spring visit. Your tour leader is Steve Cale who leads our Turkey tours and who is becoming proficient in the language. Our hotels are both right by the sea and are very comfortable with lovely food. The terrain is mostly easy and you can expect to see approximately 130 species plus a wide variety of other wildlife.

 

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