A new bird species, smew duck, was spotted in Lake Çıldır in eastern Turkey.
A team from the Turkish conservation society Kuzeydoğa Association spotted the duck in the Taşbaşı village in the eastern Kars province.
Emrah Çoban, the coordinator of the association, told Anadolu Agency that their regular birdwatching bore fruit.
The only migratory brown bears in the world live in the Sarıkamış district of the eastern province of Kars. Before hibernation every year they travel long distances, walking to Artvin in the north in order to find food. This year, they have already returned to their nests in the Sarıkamış forest to go on a months-long sleep.
Like every year, tourists flocked to the Ani ruins in the eastern province of Kars this winter to experience the ancient site capped with snow.