In the glorious months of migration, shearwaters
Hunt flocks of fish in the Marmara Sea.
From the Galata Tower to Uskudar,
The decoy and intruding white seagulls
Accompany Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi.
Smart crows are the omniscient of Istanbul.
Reeds shiver in waves with the wind,
Stork nests cheer the puddles in spring.
Chimneys, roofs and minaret balconies
Put up the hajji storks till autumn.
The bird houses in the sunny and
Lull corners of Suleymaniye Mosque
Cherish the birds of Istanbul.
The nightingale complains, the sparrow is clumsier than me.
At the faithful courtyard of Sultan Ahmet Mosque
Birds of Istanbul are hosted with compassion.
The morning azans at the Eyup Sultan Mosque
Welcome the day coming at the wing of pigeon.
The symbol of peace and freedom, the pigeons
Guardian saints of the earth to sky.
Carry the whirs and songs in harmony
At the courtyard of Eyup Sultan Mosque, the birds of Istanbul.
The lovers of Kadikoy talk heart-to-heart with cormorants.
The surroundings of Cekmece Lake swarm with
Long winged, fork tailed terms.
The birds flying over the Golden Horn
The small, brittle swallows descending and ascending swiftly.
How about the doves? Where are the shy lovey doveys?
Birds of cheery Istanbul are distinct.
Photographies : Çetin Bayramoğlu