Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Fairly Relaxed.

Group Size:

Eight plus Leader

Armenian Gull Black Stork Steppe Eagle

The Bosphoros - Raptor Highway

Date: Tour Not Currently Operating
Leaders: Steve Cale



Fly London/Istanbul.Transfer to our hotel within the city, and hopefully there will be time for some local birding around the city looking at species within the city such as Laughing Dove. We will also get our first taste of  The Bosphorous straights from the Golden Horn, where we will hope to see Yelkouan Shearwater, Sandwich and Common Terns, Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls and perhaps Armenian Gull if we are lucky. We also hope to see one or two of the sights such as the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and Sultan’s Palace
Overnight Istanbul
Our birding starts in earnest as we take local taxis to the Camlica Hills, where we will be spending quite a bit of time during the following days. Our main focus of the trip will be raptors and storks and we will move to where the main passage is occurring on any given day. White Storks pass over in thousands with occasional Black Stork mixed in. The list of raptors is impressive. Honey Buzzards move through in huge numbers and there have been counts of over 37,000 in a single day. Both Common and Steppe Buzzard are frequent and Long-legged Buzzard is also regular in smaller numbers. All four Western Palearctic species of Harrier are regularly seen. Levant Sparrowhawk passes overhead in huge numbers, along with European Sparrowhawk and some Northern Goshawk. Falcons are well represented with Red-footed, Lesser and Common Kestrel, Peregrine and Eurasian Hobby regularly recorded. We should also see impressive numbers of Black Kite, as well as occasional Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, but it is the eagles that most birders want to see. Lesser Spotted are most numerous, though Eastern Imperial, Greater Spotted, Steppe, Booted and Short-toed can also be expected. We will be studying these birds as they pass looking for the odd Bonelli's, Golden or White-tailed Eagles that may pass through amongst them. We shall also be trying to look for other migrants and this far east could provide us with some interesting species - almost anything can turn up. We should however expect to see Red-breasted Flycatcher, Icterine Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Wryneck and Orphean Warbler and Alpine Swift and European Bee-eaters should be passing in small numbers. We will also be visiting other locations such as the old Venitian Castle at Anadolu Kavagi, Yusa Hill, Anadolu Feneri or the Prince Islands, in search of migrants, but our exact locations may vary depending upon wind direction, weather and passage at the time. Our evenings will be relaxed and we will take in some of the sights and sounds of this amazing city. The Grand Bazaar is must see and there are places such as the Blue Mosque and the Sultans Palace. This city is an inspiring mix of two cultures; having a very large eastern influence, but being western enough for one to feel quite at home and safe.
Overnights Istanbul

We spend the day visiting any of the sites we haven’t yet had the opportunity to see or last minute birding before we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London


Additional Information


Five nights in three star, en suite accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, evening meals, return flights London/Istanbul, ground transport and boat trips in Turkey and services of leaders.  
Transport to/from London airport and any overnight stay that might be involved, travel insurance, lunches, drinks, any attraction entrance fees and any items of a purely personal nature. 


Tour Reports






“ It was a very enjoyable tour and Steve picked the right times to look for raptors every day. I was also impressed with the variety of other migrants on show”  B. M. Norfolk