BirdLife: The Magazine Apr-Jun 2018 - Page 10

IRREPLACEABLE IRREPLACEABLE Gediz Delta Turkey Magical things happen when opposites meet. Where the land joins the sea, where freshwater flows into saltwater – unique habitats are never far away. And Gediz Delta in Turkey is no exception. Dotted with grass-tufted islands and remarkable salt-frosted lagoons, this wetland supports a wealth of waterbirds. The Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis (Vulnerable) finds refuge here, as does the Dalmatian Pelican Pelenacus crispus (Near Threatened), for whom the delta acts as a key breeding site. And it’s not just birds that benefit from this bounty. The Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus monachus (Endangered) and Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta (Vulnerable) both rely on its rich pickings. Every winter, the delta turns pink with an influx of Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus – regularly housing up to a 10 birdlife • apr-jun 2018