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Samandag lies at the mouth of the Orontes river and is a major place for bird migration. Raptors, waterfowl and passerines are abundant and with a wide variety.

Added* by Leo Linnartz
Most recent update 12 February 2020


During autumn bird migration many bird visit or cross the area. Raptors and other soaring birds use the coastal mountain range to move south. Various species of herons and other waterfowl are attracted by the water of the river and the nearby coastal salt marshes. Like Black Stork, Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron and Spur-winged Lapwing In the early morning reedbeds and big trees can be full of birds. Big trees often contain resting raptors, such as Greater Spotted Eagle or Lesser Spotted Eagle. Most raptors pas overhead, sometimes at considerable hight, but a drive into the mountains can bring you closer. We spent most of our time checking bushes and marshes around the river mouth and saw many passing raptors like Booted Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Long-legged Buzzard and Short-toed Snake Eagle anyway.



With your car you can drive towards the riverside. Walk along the river banks towards the mouth of the river. There are many small roads and unpaved roads you can follow.

Follow the shore line to the north and you will arrive at salt marshes after circa 2km.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Scattered trees and bushes , Valley , Mountain , River , Reedbeds , Mud flats


Flat , Mountainous

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful


Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Car , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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