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  Storks visit Southtwest Turkey– these large and striking birds can often be seen following tractors in the  
 
  fields, looking for food, and their large, untidy nests are perched on top of chimneys and telephone poles in many villages.
  Many other species of bird are found here too, especially in the wetland areas around Koycegiz Lake and Gokova.Birds that we  
 
  often see during our trips include kingfishers, herons, hoopoes, egrets, cormorants and buzzards.
  There are also numerous wild mammals in this region, such as hedgehogs, foxes,  badgers  and wild boar,  
 
  although these tend to be more difficult to spot than birds.
  We often see squirrels darting up the pine trees, and you may come across porcupine quills on the forest floor,
 
  though you probably won’t see the creatures themselves as they are nocturnal.
 
 
Western Rock Nuthatch Red Backed Shrike Crested Lark Blue Rock Thrush
If you are very lucky you may even spot an otter or Monk Seal, both of which are very rare and endangered. If you are interested in reptiles, look out for tortoises in the forests between spring and autumn. On warm rock faces you have a good chance of seeing various species of fast-moving lizard; and if you are lucky you may even come across a slow-moving chameleon.

The sea hosts a variety of wildlife too. Perhaps the most well-known is the huge Carretta Carretta turtle, which lays its eggs on many of the sandy beaches in the region – after the eggs have hatched you can often see the hatchlings’ tracks in the sand, and occasionally during our kayaking trips we come across an adult swimming in the sea. Dolphins are also a fascinating, if rare sight in this region.

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