A Bird in the Hand

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The weekly bird market (mostly pigeons) is nestled along Istanbul’s old Theodosian land walls, giving it an air it might not otherwise have.  It is intriguing to see potential purchasers handling the birds as if they were giving them a medical exam – fanning their feathers and checking their bodies.  It’s even more amazing that the pigeons seem to be quite used to this treatment.

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bIMS_19530All photographs by delikızınyeri

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