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Brown Fish Owls at Oymapinar Lake near Manavgat


Get an amazing chance to see magical birds in a wonderful site. You will be provided with a private boat and you will get a possibility to make superb observations.


  • Brown fish owls; fantastic birds!
  • Wonderfull birds in a Wonderfull site
  • A private boat allowed superb observations

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Birdwatching tour of Brown Fish Owls at the Green Canyon in Manavgat - Vigo Tours

Enjoy a guided private bird-watching tour for the Brown Fish Owls of the Green Canyon at the Taurus Mountains in Manavgat. This is a good chance to see unusual birds in their own environment.

There are 2 pairs of Brown fish owl at the lake about 2 miles distance each other. They have been breeding at the same places for many years. Their breeding is usually of 2 eggs but we used to see of 1 juvenile some of the years. So as you can guess of it that either eggs was empty or 1 egg delivered, or an attack was made to the nest by ravens. One good news to know is that the population of fish owls are increasing. We do not see the new generation easily but yes they are for sure in the area. The new generation is geneticly do live an owls life. This is the reason of why we do not see them easily. Not only the lake but We have some more spots of Brown fish owls in the area. We follow up the population of brown fish owls seriously in Manavgat and Akseki zone.

Meeting time : 04:00 – 04:30

Meeting place : Total Petrol Station D400 road ancient town Side junction
Departure from quay at the lake : 04:45 - 05:00
Meeting point GPS position : 36°47'18.45"N - 31°24'47.10"E

For many years the Brown Fish Owls were thought to be extinct in the Western Palearctic. There are historic records from Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey that indicate a much larger presence, but there had been no sightings until a pair was found by chance at Green Canyon. There are not many people who saw them, but you can do this without any serious efforts.

After the meet outside Side, drive to the lake located 20 km up at the Taurus Mountains. Sail out on a private boat, drifting quietly through the Grand or Little Canyon where the owls are known to have nests. Nature views are really amazing there and will allow you to relax.

Click here for Full day guided bird watching tour in Akseki

What's included

  • Private Boat tour
  • Tea & Coffee and Water
  • Guiding

What's Not included

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transfer - Pick up
  • Gratuities

What to Remember

Early reservation is required
In order to keep fish owls not being disturbed: No camera flash and no smoking please

We try first little canyon and then Grand Canyon in case no success at the little canyon

Click here for Full day guided bird watching tour in Akseki

Product ID: U5-28

“A fantastic birdwatching day with a flexible and enthusiastic Guide! ”
Reviewed by Marco Z********   Selsingen  Germany  19-09-2016
Even September is maybe not the best birdwatching month in southern Europe and to watch Brown Fish Owls in Turkey, our Guide did a lot for us to see as many species we wanted to see. Not all was successful, but we tried many alternatives from 9 o`clock am until 2 o`clock in the next morning! Brown Fish Owl we could not see because of several unfavourable conditions like windy weather and picnic people in the area of resting Fish Owls, but we heard Female callings from a valley. The Guide was patient, friendly and very helpful! We saw more than 50 species in one day. Target areas were the mouth of the river Manavgat, the river Manavgat in the Taurus Mountains and the area around Akseki. Thanks a lot!!!!
“Stunning views of a stunning bird.”
Reviewed by Dave C*   Rugby  United Kingdom  13-05-2016
Friendly welcome from all concerned. Helpful and knowledgeable guide. Excellent views for all on board.
“Absolut lohnenswert”
Reviewed by Carsten J****   Nordhorn Niedersachsen  Germany  15-05-2015
Man kann den Fischuhu aus nächster Nähe betrachten und sehr schön fotografieren. Der Guide ist super, sehr fachkundig und hilfsbereit. Ich hab noch eine weitere Tour nach Akseki mit ihm gemacht und auch das war fantastisch. Nächstes Jahr werde ich das nochmal machen. Absolute Empfehlung!
“Success and Well Arranged”
Reviewed by Mark E*********   07-07-2014
I successfully saw the Brown Fish Owl on a privately booked boat trip early on 6 Jul 14. Ozcan from Vigo Tours arranged the transfers to and from the airport and the boat trip. All went well and to plan - it was excellent and well worth the money.
“Well organized and looked after”
Reviewed by Alexander L*****   28-06-2014
Although the trip was rather expensive - I very nearly decided not to go! It was well organized Vigo tours stayed in touch, responded quickly to emails and were well organized and friendly. Seeing 5 Brown fish owls was fantastic the views were good with plenty of time to watch the birds.
“Very good and excellent services and guiding”
Reviewed by John S****   20-05-2012
Amazing trip to see theese fantastic birds! Everything worked perfect with the pick-up at the hotel in Side at 04.00, transport to the ferry and the short boat trip in the dark to wait for the dawn and the owls. Even before dawn we saw the pair coming to rest in a tree, and then spent an hour or two watching them around their nest and in nearby trees on the mountain side. We also heard tawny owl and scoops owl calling from the boat. We did our trip the 14 of may 2012.

Excellent birding!
Reviewed by Antony f** V*****   13-05-2012
Wonderfull birds in a Wonderfull site.
A private boat allowed superb observations.
The guide from Vigo tours was friendly and aknowledgeable.

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