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Lullula arborea-Ormantoygari - 1st on TN

Lullula arborea-Ormantoygari - 1st on TN
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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: 2009-08-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-09 16:39
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Hello My Friends,
Three days ago, I posted a bird shot taken in Soğanlı Mountains between Trabzon and Bayburt provs. I identified mistakenly it as Lullula arborea. After our friend Ivan Kruys (argus)'s message, I corrected it as "Anthus trivialis". I think that I confused shots since both of these bird species presented in same area.
Now, I upload true shot of L. arborea. I looked at TN, I dont see any shot for the species and therefore this is new species on TN.
Many thanks Ivan for correction. Sorry all of you visited before this notes.

Lullula arborea - Orman Toygarı [TR], Woodlark [EN] is one of 14 species of the family ALAUDIDAE (PASSERIFORMES) in Turkiye.
By the time, I have posted three species of this family.
…..- Eremophila alpestris - Kulaklı Toygar [TR], Shore Lark [EN],
…..- Alauda arvensis - Tarla Kuşu [TR], Skylark [EN],
…..- Galerida cristata - Tepeli Toygar [TR], Crested Lark [EN] (photo 1, 2 (Turkiye), 3, 4 (TRNC)).

L. arborea, single species of the monotypic genus Lullula (this name was derived from its sweet plaintive song) breeds across most of Europe, the Middle East Asia and the mountains of north Africa. It is mainly resident in the west of its range, but eastern populations of this passerine bird are more migratory, moving further south in winter.
It also ranges almost in all parts with forests and woodlands of Turkiye, as a resident passerine bird.
It prefers open heath with some trees, and other open woodlands, especially those with pines and light soil.
This lark is smaller sized and shorter tailed and so it can be distinguished from similar lark species.
Its head and back are brown, but ventral side is dull white and the tail is dark and with white tipped. It has a whitish eye stripe and an overall streaky appearance. A crest on the crown presents, but this may not always be visible.
Food is seeds supplemented with insects in the breeding season

The information given above was summarized from my field observation, Wikipedia, TRAKUŞ, and ARKIVE.

The shot was taken in Gökçesaray High Plateau in Göynük District of Bolu Province
by the camera on hand.

-------EXIF DATA-------
- Camera Model Name: Canon EOS 40D
- Firmware: Firmware Version 1.0.8
- Shooting Date/Time: 10.08.2009 17:11:49
- Tv(Shutter Speed): 1/400Sec.
- Av(Aperture Value): F5.0
- Metering Modes: Spot
- Exposure Compensation: 0
- ISO Speed: 200
- Lens: EF600mm f/4L IS USM
- Focal Length: 600,0 mm
- Image size: 3888 x 2592
- Image Quality: RAW
- Flash: Off
- White Balance: Auto
- AF mode: AI Servo AF.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-09 17:25]

Hi Ahmet,

Awwwwwwwww. This Woodlark is so cute. Congratulations for being the first to show it on TN. I love that face and the top of his head. Beautiful colors and details of the face, eye, wings and lovely plumage. The pose is adorable as he proudly shows himself off. A lovely setting and composition to make this picture perfect.


  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-09 20:08]

Very good photo of Lullula arborea, nice colors and good details!

Hello Ahmet,

a very nice and cute picture from this little bird with good low pov.
Fine natural colours.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-09 22:30]

Günaydin dostum Ahmet!
This is the kind of shot that I have been longing to take!
A superb capture of a Woodlark taken from a great low lateral POV with great sharpness and lighting against a fine contrasting green BG.
They fly around in small flocks near where I live but they are very shy, even though they are hard to spot on the ground.

Thanks for sharing this prize and congatulations for this first on TN!
All the best

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-09 22:58]

Very soft lighting has given beautiful colors to this striking bird taken with fine viewpoint. tfs.

Hello Ahmet
a very beautiful new species, and one exceptional photo from you

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-10 0:56]

Hello Ahmet,
A fantastic photo of this Woodlark, which I've never seen in the wild. Congratulations for being the first on TN.
A wonderful photo taken from a perfect low POV. The clarity is superb, very beautiful colours. Excellent sharp details, pose and OOF BG. Very good composition.

Hi Ahmet,
its a while since Iooked into your gallery---and I am ashamed not to have done so more often. My congratulations to your very nice Lullula arborea! Well done, Ahmet
My best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6568 W: 89 N: 15654] (65467)
  • [2009-09-10 4:11]

Hi Ahmet,i'm not a bird's expert but this preview is really fantastic.A new brick in the wall of TN whit a top quality of sharpness and colors in a very nice composition.Thanks for share and my best compliments for this First time! Have a nice day,LUCIANO

Salam Akhi Ahmet,

A great capture of this Woodlark with beautiful coloration, sharpness & details. It resembles the Crest Lark in several ways.

Well done & thanks for giving us the opportunity on TN to see it for the first time.

Best Salam & warm regards during this blessed Ramadan!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-09-10 6:40]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Fonu, pozu ve cekim acinizi cok begendim. Ellerinize saglik

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-10 11:00]

Hello Ahmet
Another perfect capture taken with great details and natural colors

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-09-10 11:20]

Enfes bir güzellik, emeğinize sağlık Ahmet hocam. Selamlar saygılar..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-10 11:31]

Hi Ahmet. Congrats on a first on TN. What a beauty it is. I do like the low POV so we are on the same level as the bird. Your use of the light has given sharp focusing and fine detail . With natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello Ahmet,
Congratulations for this beautiful composition, with nice details and very good note. Best regards,

The photo of the "plumage" is outstandingly PERFECT.
Looks like a healthy bird.
A great composition.
Highly educative notes too.
Congratulations for the "first on TN".
Mario with most friendly greetings from Canada.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-11 1:06]

Salam Akhi Ahmet,
very beautiful and cute bird. You preented it so well and the image is so crisp and brilliantly composed. The sharpness is beyonf doubt and it such a treasure to have it shared here.
I could only see from the beauty and photographic point of view.
Scientifically Im ignorant on the names and etc.
So all the best to you in the final phase of Ramadhan and hope we will strive for the best.


Hello Ahmet
congratulations for a new species on TN, this bird is very beautiful
great focus on his eye and fine details on his feathers
the blurred green BG highlights this woodlark nicely
Have a great WE

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2009-09-12 10:48]

Sayın Hocam,
Harika bir tür, netliği, fonuyla enfes bir kare doğrusu..Kuşun duruşu bir başka güzel.. tepesindeki kalkık tüylerle hafif horoz edası var:)Gerçekten çok çok beğendim.
Elinize, emeğinize sağlık.

great capture, TFS this first one, Ori

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