Istanbul’s newest bird observation tower erected by the Ministry of Forest and Water Management has started attracting birdwatchers and wildlife photographers. Located on one of the hills on the European side of the Black Sea entrance of the Bosphorus, the tower presents an excellent vantage point to watch migrating birds on their semiannual journey from one continent to the other.

Istanbul’s newest bird observation tower

Istanbul’s newest bird observation tower

Northern entrance of the Bosphorus. Asia across the water and Europe in the foreground. Istanbul

Northern entrance of the Bosphorus. Asia across the water and Europe in the foreground.

Birdwatcher/photographer at the new observation tower

Birdwatcher/photographer at the new observation tower

Bird photographers aiming at their favorite winged travelers in Istanbul

Bird photographers aiming at their favorite winged travelers

Neither the photographers nor the watchers of birds want to miss the migration of birds which happen in spring and fall of every year. The access to the tower is free.  They even lend you binoculars, free of charge.