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Larus ridibundus - Karabas Marti

Larus ridibundus - Karabas Marti
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-09 16:42
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For about a week I has been far from TN. After meeting, I visited Gediz Delta “İzmir Bird Paradisea” on January 06th. My close friend Kenan Doğan from İzmir, my assistant Veysel Gezici and me went from İnciraltı to Karşıyaka by a ferryboat on İzmir Gulf. When we were on boat, there were many gulls around us and on sea. They were mostly Larus ridibundus Linnaeus, 1766 – Karabaş Martı [TR], Black-Headed Gull [EN]. This is one of the fifteen species of the family Laridae in Turkiye. Except for Rissa tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)– Kara Ayaklı Martı (Kittiwake), other species belong to the genus Larus Linnaeus, 1758.
Actually its scientific name means “laughing gull” (rideo: laughing + abundos: abundant). But it is black-headed in its summer habitus. So, English and Turkish name originated from this features. On the other hand, this black color on its head change to mostly white in winter. Only a small dark mark appear behind eyes, on cheek. The bill also has a yellowish color.
Finally, many thanks to Kenan Doğan for transporting.
to be continue (the shots from our İzmir trip on fallowing days).

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Merhaba Ahmet,
Selam my friend!
This is a good shot with two gulls in flight well captured!
the two black lines across the head can be clearly seen!
very good clarity, natural colouration and details to enjoy
many thanks for sharing
my best wishes to you always
friend Tony

Merhaba Ahmet,
What a beauty, almost poetic capture!
I like very much the pose got on the gull, like floating on the air, and the way the other one at the back compensates the composition.
Proper timing and exposure settings.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-09 18:48]

Hello Ahmet,
What a beautiful shot my friend, great POV
very clear and sharp image.. the composition
of the two gulls is excellent.. Well done


Hello Ahmet,
Beautiful in flight shot maintaining details on the heat. Well timed and well done.

Hi Ahmet,
A beautiful capture of these sea gulls. Very nicely taken with very good composition, timing and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-09 23:28]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Guzel zamanlamayla iyi bir poz yakalamissiniz. Gediz umarim verimli gecmistir, cektiklerinizi merak ettim.

Yahu ben de nerelerde bizim Dr diyordum. Kaşla göz aarası gidip Gediz deltasını dolaştın demek. Anlaşılan gezi verimli geçti. Bu ilk foto çok güzel. Özellikle öndeki martının kanat haraketi çok estetik. Eline sağlık Dr.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-10 1:39]

Hi Ahmet,
what a wonderful and original in-flight capture of these Gulls!
Very sharp head and body with slightly blurred wings that add movement to the photo.
I love how there is an approaching Gull in the BG!
Excellent DOF and focusing.
Nice colours and clean lighting.
Great composition.
Well done,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-10 7:11]

Hi Ahmet.
Very nice in-flight picture of the cute pair. Excellent timing. You managed to "freeze" the gulls perfectly. I also like wonderful exposure despite the strong sunlight. Delicate colours are looked very nice too. My compliments and thanks.

Hola Ahmet,
Hope your stay in İzmir was fruitful, a pity we couldn't come together in your brief stay. Your "Martı" composition is pleasing to the eye, but hope to see more as you promise!

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-14 15:55]

Hi Ahmed

Always good to see these fellows;) You captured these two birds really well in a great pose! Good PoV and clean BG.Well done!

TFS, Thijs

Hello Ahmet,
Great inflight shot. Interesting comp with the near side view in focus and second gull viewed from the front. Nice detail, exposure, and natural looking color :)
Well done,

Sayın Dr. güzel çekim eline sağlık...

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