The Sea of Marmara as seen from the Küçük Ayasofya neighborhood in Fatih. Some of these ships are probably waiting their turn to navigate the challenging Bosphorus. For details about how treacherous this can be, here is information about navigating your yacht through the straights.
The Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) is a common, native breeding bird in Istanbul, but it has a much wider range than just Turkey. The Bosphorus itself is an important flyway for bird migration. A third airport is being built in Istanbul, near the Black Sea. This has been controversial for many reasons, including its threat to migrating birds.
Two small boats moored on the Bosphorus at Ortaköy. (Ozan means ‘poet’).