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December 28, 2017

Birds of Istanbul waterfront

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Istanbul Birding

I arrived in Istanbul this morning at 7am after a 3am flight from Hurghada in Egypt. I was a bit bleary. Lucky I got a shuttle bus to the hotel because I stuffed up my booking. I put down January instead of December. doh! It is not the first time I have done this. I wandered around waiting to check in to the hotel, getting a new sim card for my phone and a tram/bus/train card. I had a delicious beef shawarma for dinner and breakfast.

Heuglin's Gull - juvenile in flight
Heuglin’s Gull (Larus heuglini) juvenile in flight

In the afternoon I went down the waterfront to see if I could find some interesting gulls. There were thousands around but not a lot of variety in species.

Heuglin's Gull - juvenile
Heuglin’s Gull (Larus heuglini) juvenile

Juvenile gulls are a nightmare to identify.

Yellow-legged Gull - adult in flight
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) – adult in flight

Yellow-legged Gulls have a red ring around the eye and a red patch on the bottom bill.

Yellow-legged Gull - adult
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) adult

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Hooded Crow
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

This Hooded Crow may be race sharpii or pallescens. I need to do further research on this. I just found out there were races.

Istanbul Bird List

Common Coot
House Sparrow
Feral Pigeon aka Rock Dove
White Wagtail
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)
Heuglin’s Gull (Larus heuglini)
Great Cormorant
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) aka Black-billed Magpie (seen but not photographed)

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