Winged Wonders

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One of the highlights of our recent River Shannon barge cruise was a journey to the Adare Country Pursuits where we were treated to an afternoon of interaction with some incredible birds of prey.

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Top – Golden Eagle
Middle – Snowy Owl
Bottom – Buzzard
All photographs by delikızınyeri
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Feeding Frenzy

bIML_6652aIt seems to be a city-wide pastime – tossing bread, purchased bird feed, unfinished simits, and other delicacies to the city’s millions of birds.  Seagulls follow ferry boats waiting for toss-outs and pigeons congregate around mosques pecking at scattered seed.  I wonder if our city’s aerial inhabitants are getting fat and lazy….

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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