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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



Long-legged Buzzard
Raptor migration is always a spectacle, but nowhere in Europe is it more spectacular than over the Bosphoros in Istanbul, Turkey. This amazing city straddles a narrow straight of water and constitutes the narrowest sea crossing between Europe and Asia. Here literally hundreds of thousands of birds pass through, the most notable of which are the Storks and Raptors. Our tour is timed for the peak of activity and given correct weather conditions; we could experience vast numbers of soaring birds, as they pass over the Camlica Hills and on into Asia. The principle species are Lesser Spotted, Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Honey Buzzard and Common Buzzard, but good numbers of Levant Sparrowhawk, Northern Goshawk and Black Kites can also be expected. Other species may include Red-footed Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Lesser Kestrel, Red Kite and Griffon and Egyptian Vultures. Large flocks of both White and Black Storks can also be found, but the really big numbers of these species occurs slightly earlier than our tour. Other notable species include the much sought after Laughing Dove and Alpine Swift, while migrants should include Red-breasted Flycatcher and Wryneck and perhaps even a Green Warbler, while offshore, we search for Yelkouan Shearwaters. But our tour is not just about birding, as if participants desire, we will make time to visit some of Istanbul’s best known tourist attractions such as The Blue Mosque and The Grand Bazaar. Our three star accommodation is based on The Golden Horn, making for easy transportation to the major sites. For getting about we use a mixture of local taxis, which offer a cheap and reliable way to move around the city, and a minibus. There will be some walking involved each day, but it is normally hot so you are likely to feel tired at the end of each day. Your  tour leader will be Steve Cale, who may be joined by Demir Unsal and you can expect to see approximately 110 species.



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