Tuzla Gölü lies between Milsa and Bodrum and with a two and half hour drive is another trip that requires a full days birding. I have included it as in winter, spring and autumn it represents some excellent birding and is the only site I have seen Stone Curlew.The migratory birds, flying to the Tuzla wetlands, in the Boğaziçi neighborhood of Milas, were put under state protection in 2001 after the lake was designated as an important bird habitat in the region. In his book ‘Walking & Birdwatching’ in South West Turkey’ Paul Hope describes Tuzla Golu as an excellent area for birds but viewing can sometimes be difficult due to its large size and accessibility . Every December, the wetlands welcome more than 5,000 birds of 230 different species. Flamingos, known as "allı turna" in Turkish, as well pelicans flock in thousands to the region, enriching its biodiversity. The lake, during the migration season, offers a feast for the eyes with colorful birds attracting great interest from local residents and visitors alike.
Potential birds may include :
Flamingo, Pelican both Greater and Dalmation, Stone Curlew, Black Eared Grebe, Hen Harrier, Short Toed Eagle, Gt Spooted Cuckoo, Black Headed Bunting, Rock Bunting, Olive Tree Warbler, amongst others.
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