IS­TAN­BUL – BIRD­ING IN TRAN­SIT

Bird Watching (UK) - - Bird The World -

There are di­rect flights to Azer­bai­jan from Lon­don air­ports. But you could travel via Is­tan­bul and lay­over in style! Why not try these... Taxi into town via liv­ing mu­rals – whose plants re­duce air pol­lu­tion – and road­side mini-mills, gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity from traf­fic down­drafts. Stay in chilled-out Beşik­tas. Eat Turk­ish. Or Ira­nian. Or Ar­me­nian. Or Ir­ish! Look for Syr­ian Wood­pecker in Yildiz Park. Grab a late af­ter­noon ferry on the Bospho­rus and watch hun­dreds of Yelk­ouan Shear­wa­ters zoom­ing busily up and down this strait that joins the Med to the Black Sea, and Eu­rope to the Mid­dle East. Watch the sun set over mosques swirling with Alpine Swifts.

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