Bird Watching

Birdwatching guide adds 14 new species to Turkiye inventory in 23 years

HATAY, Turkey

A birding guide and wildlife expert has added 14 new species to Turkiye’s bird inventory during his 23-year birding adventure.

Emin Yogurtcuoglu, who started birdwatching as a hobby at a young age and continued as a professional, has sighted birds in 70 countries.

Continuing his observations in the Mileyha wetland in Hatay province, he recently observed and photographed the desert eared lark, which was recorded as the 496th species of Turkiye.

Yogurtcuoglu told Anadolu Agency that he had dreamed of traveling the world and seeing birds living in their natural habitat since childhood.

Noting that his interest in birds grew at a young age, he said his family has always been supportive of his trip.

“In the beginning, I was known as the youngest birder. Of course, the younger a person starts something, the more intense their ability to understand and apply it,” he said.

Explaining how he found the lesser desert lark, he said he was on the bird migration route and thousands of animals passed through Turkey en route from Africa to the North.

“I stopped in Hatay for the first time in my life. I am a traveler. I am constantly looking to travel the world and discover new places. I have been here for a year and a half and I have started to see birds passing by,” he said.

He said he observed 454 species in Turkey, which allowed him to record the highest number of birds in his country.

*Written by Gozde Bayar

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