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Galerida cristata - Toygar

Galerida cristata - Toygar
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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: 2007-07-14
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-15 19:06
Viewed: 4035
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I met this "Toygar or Tepeli Tarlakuşu [TR]", "Crested Lark [EN]" at the late afternoon of yesterday when it looked for some food on slope of hill along road in a highland of Melendiz Mts.
The shot was only a bit contrasted and a bit cropped, lower sized for TN, without another photshop action.

The species Galerida cristata (Linnaeus, 1758) is relatively in Central Turkiye, especially steppic and open areas.

More information is given in Wikipedia as fallows:
"Galerida cristata, breeds across most of temperate Eurasia from Portugal to northeast China and eastern India, and in Africa south to Niger. It is non-migratory, and the sedentary nature of this species is illustrated by the fact that it is only a very rare vagrant to Great Britain, despite breeding as close as northern France.

This is a common bird of dry open country and cultivation. It nests on the ground, laying two or three eggs. Its food is weed seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.

This is a smallish lark, slightly larger and plumper than the Skylark. It has a long spiky erectile crest. It is greyer than the Skylark, and lacks the white wing and tail edged of that species.

In flight it shows reddish underwings. The body is mainly dark-streaked grey above and whitish below. The song is melodious and varied, with mournful whistles and mimicry included.

Some care must be taken to distinguish this lark, which has many subspecies, from its close relatives in areas where they also occur. In the west of its range the Thekla Lark,
Galerida theklae, is very similar, as is the Malabar Lark, Galerida malabarica, in western India.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-15 23:00]

Hi Ahmet

A good shot of a bird I have never seen in the wild. Good detail in difficult conditions.


Hi Ahmet
lovely brownish colours of the slope and the lark showing well the camouflage plumage.
Good compo too

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-16 1:29]

Ahmet, Very nice color and nice composition. Well done TFS Ganesh

Hello Ahmet

Nice picture of this lark - the POV is very useful as a documentation of the bird. The contrast seems a tad off in this picture - maybe worth editing a little to make the bird standout better. Excellent notes!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-16 6:06]

Hello Ahmet,
The sharpness of this shot of a Crested lark defines it well against the similarly coloured BG. Excellent diagonal composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Yeni objektifin gelince fotoların da daha güzel olmaya başladı.

Hi Ahmet, this is incredible camouflage on this bird. Is this it's normal habitat? You've done a good job of isolating it for us against this background. The bird is sharp with excellent detail.

Thanks, John

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