A Walk by the Bosphorus in Istanbul

Remembering the Bosphorus

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I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Istanbul recently. I fell in love with this vibrant city bridging Europe and Asia. I spent most of the precious time I had looking at as many of the cultural sights as I could, however I could not help seeing some of the wildlife too. In Ireland I see the Hooded or Grey-backed Crow in the fields and woods, but in Istanbul they are town birds and everywhere. Istanbul is also well known for large numbers of gulls and I saw many including a beautiful Lesser Black Backed Gull with a red eye ring.

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Grey-backed Crow

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Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Ornamental Gulls on roof!

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Cormorants fly over the city rooftops. The Bosphorus that leads from the mediterranean to the Black Sea cuts through the heart of Istanbul dividing Europe from Asia. This wonderful waterway is lined with castles, palaces and beautiful…

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