The winged children of the sea, follow fishes in all waters
of Turkey, who meets with four seas.
What was it the irrepressible Turkish poet Can Yücel
said? “Gulls are the street children of the sea.”
Was he thinking of the gulls (of the order Charadriiformes)
of Istanbul when he said that? If he was, it makes
no difference. The winged children of the sea pursue
fish in all the four seas surrounding Turkey's coasts.
With piercing cries they fly behind the fishing boats.
When the boats return from the open sea with full
nets the gulls are overjoyed. The Turkish writer Melih
Cevdet Anday once compared the languages of gulls
and pigeons: “The language of pigeons and doves is
monotonous, and because it consists of constant repetition
is tedious. We interpret their voices as Turkish,
so in Paris when I heard these endearing birds saying,
‘Üsküdar’a gidelim,’ (Let's go to Üsküdar), I was
astounded at the prevalence of our language. Of course,
that is not all they say; there is also, ‘I am fine,
I am fine, I am fine... ,’ and ‘I am waiting my turn,
I am waiting my turn, I am waiting my turn... .”