İZMİR…. Birdlife


Thursday 16 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

I’m a bit of a nature lover, as you might have guessed, having aborted the prescribed lifestyle of the modern west, for life here in rural Turkey. But as much as I love and appreciate what Mother Nature has to offer, I’m a self-confessed numpty when it comes to knowing the ‘proper names’ for everything, and that includes birds (feathered variety – I’m ok on the other).

Anyway, this is a small collection of shots I took whilst on that jaunt of ours to the city of İzmir, on the western coast of Turkey back in the summer. Naturally, I’ve taken some non-educated guesses as to species (I’m probably on some ornithologists ‘hit list’ somewhere) 🙂


I’m guessing ‘Seagul’…



I’m guessing ‘Crow’…



I’m guessing ‘Pigeon’…



Haha, that ‘Seagul’ again…



And his family…



and his elder brothers on ‘lookout’ duty…?



For other posts in this series on İzmir, click HERE !


12 thoughts on “İZMİR…. Birdlife

  1. swamiyesudas says:

    My Dear Spike, I am a worse ornithologist; they turned up last night and killed me, so it is my spirit writing! …Good collection of photographs. Love and Regards. 🙂

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  2. Caspian gulls (that’s a flock of juvies), hooded crows, and rock pigeons/doves.


  3. Mei-Mei says:

    Haha, I’m one of those that like to know the “proper names” for everything 🙂 My husband, though, once told me about a “big blue bird” he saw outside his window…after I stopped laughing I told him it was a blue jay, one of the most common and recognizable songbirds in our area. No wonder he doesn’t like to go birding with me…


  4. fredrieka says:

    garbage pickers woof .. Looks like they like vodka

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  5. lizard100 says:

    Yeah! Not just me then. I don’t know many names for anything in nature. But hey. I still like stuff

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  6. Those are rock pigeons. These “townies” are not nearly as attractive as their country cousins, the wood pigeon. I think you’re right about the other birds, although I can’t find any brown speckled seagulls with dark wing-tips on the RSPB site. I know that younger gulls are often speckled like that.


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