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Late October is perhaps not the best time for birding in this area. We were restricted both by the timing of the Scottish school holidays and the availability of late cheap deals from Scotland. In the end though we had to fly from Newcastle. Although it would be possible to use buses to get about (especially the cheap Dolmus) birding would be very restricted without hiring a car. We had prebooked one. To get to a variety of different sites we had to do quite a lot of driving. In all we saw one hundred and one species of birds. I found birding at times quite difficult and without a car and the ability to go for some long drives I think we would have struggled to find things. In the woods in particular you had to search very hard for the birds. This was the same in the hills around Korkuteli. Often the best bet was to stay near water and let the birds come to you. The coastal lagoons at Buyuk Menderes were so large that views were often distant and often looking into the sun. Most of the summer visitors had gone and there was no visible raptor movement. On the other hand we did get some superb views of some Turkish specialties and I got nine lifers. We will certainly go back but probably in spring to see how things are different.
Bob Swann
Now a nature and wildlife preserve, this area is a real paradise with its rare and beautiful setting, and with a history going back to 3500 B.C. The town centre, positioned on the lakeside, is unlike any holiday resort. Only on Mondays when there is a large market do you get an influx of both Turks from the surrounding villages and tourists who often arrive by boat. For those seeking peace and quiet it is an ideal destination any season. The Lake of Köycegiz is described as "as smooth as glass" till noon and suitable for wind surfing in the afternoon. It contains almost every kind of seafood including crab. You can take a trip by boat to Dalyan over the lake and through the natural labyrinth like channel, walled with reeds which leads to the sea or if you prefer by the road which is lined with perfumed frankincense trees.
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