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Gavia stellata - Kizilgerdanli Dalgic

Gavia stellata - Kizilgerdanli Dalgic
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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: 2010-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of ARCTIC subregion: Birds, aquatic birds!, Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-03 13:54
Viewed: 4289
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gavia stellata - Kızılgerdanlı Dalgıç [TR], Red-throated Loon [EN] is the smallest species of the Loon genus Gavia (GAVIIFORMES: GAVIIDAE).
Breeding form has red patch on throat, but it has white throat in winter season, as on photograph.
The species visits northern Turkiye in winter period, especially in cold. Relatively rare species for us.
Yesterday, I was in Gerede (Bolu Prov.) and my friend Mustafa Sözen (spalaxtr) called me and I changed my route to Akçakoca, which is located on Black Sea coast in Düzce Prov., instead of Niğde. I drived 165 km for this bird. We looked for it a short time and it came flying above sea to lagun of Melen Stream. We captured some shots. One of them enclosed.

I wish you and your family a happy new year and healty and happy days along 2010.

Argus, eng55, nasokoun, horias, alin-m, spalaxtr, nglen, Noisette, elif, uleko has marked this note useful
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-03 14:06]

Merhaba Ahmet,
Mutluluk, sağlık ve tüm istediğiniz olan bir yeni yıl!
Bu olağanüstü kompozisyon ile 2010 Nice başlar.
Ben galeri izlemek ve yazdım güzel yorum için teşekkür etmek istiyorum.
A wonderful akşam,

Ahmet Bey merhaba ;

Bu güzel fotograf icin tebrikler.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-03 14:22]

Hi Ahmet,this is a very strange bird,i never seen nothing like that...your pic is very interesting and excellent composed,very good sharpness and colors too.Thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-03 15:37]

Hi Ahmet,

This is a first for me - I have not seen a Loon before. This is a little beauty with the wonderful yellow face and neck, the lovely catch-light in its eye, and the beautiful feathers. The yellow reflection in the water is marvelous. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-03 15:57]

Hola Ahmet: Una hermosa foto de una especie que no conocía, saludos.

Hallo Ahmet
The Red-throated Loon is a beautiful bird which I have not seen before and I just wonder where the red throat part in the name comes from as I do not see any of that colour in the feathers? I really like the sunlight that brings out the black of the bird's feathers to its best. It gives it an almost twinkle and that makes it really special. The ripples on the water, the blurred reflection and the catch-light in the eye of the bird are just a few more great details you have captured in this image which has a peaceful feeling that surrounds it. Thanks for sharing and all the best for 2010.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-03 22:19]

Hello Ahmet
Wonderful capture of this not very common bird in my country. Very well capture with natural colors, great details and good light.
Thanks for sharing and I wish you a Happy New Year!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-03 23:01]

Merhaba Ahmet,
A superb capture of Gavia stellata in winter plumage taken from aan ideal POV in excellent lighting. The sharpness is top grade and the POV shows the typical upward position of the bill very nicely.
As this species nests in the north of my country it is my ambition to photograph it in breeding plumage before I get too old.
Thanks for sharing this dine image my friend!
I wish you and your family health and happiness for 2010!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-03 23:39]

Merhaba Ahmet Hocam,
Çok güzel yakalamışsınız.Göz teması,ışık kadraj mükemmel olmuş.Bunu İstanbul'da çekmişsinizdir diye düşünmüştüm ama Akçakoca'daymış.Umarım en kısa sürede görüşebiliriz.
Selamlar,iyi haftalar..

Happy New Year Ahmet!
against the beautiful light this fine colors output, nice composed with his reflection, it' a good photo with this infrequent bird!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-04 1:19]

Wondefrul Gavia stellata!
Lovely colors and details.

Hi Ahmet.
Interesting colors of these bird.
Very good capture.Well done.
Friendly regards and greetings.Alin.

hello Ahmet
this is a GREAT shot of this BEAUTY
i like this one very much
good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Dr merhaba,
O kadar yolu dönmene kesinlikle değdi ama değil mi? Hem kuş geri döndü, hem de güneş çıktı, bence bu verdiğin emeğin ödüllendirilmesidir. Selamlar dostum.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-04 10:44]

Hello Ahmet,
Beautiful photo of this Red-throated Loon in winter plumage. Very nice natural colours and good sharpness and details. Good low POV and composition. Pleasing eye contact.
The best wishes for 2010 to you and your family,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-04 11:03]

Hi Ahmet. A good new Year to you and your famiy. I must say i have never heard of this Red-throated Loon before let alone seen one. You were able to take a fine side view of the bird. Taken with fine detail and natural looking colours. With catch light in the eye. well taken TFS.

valla kuş bizden daha cömert davranmış size, bize güneşte hep ters ışıktan göründü:)

Hello Ahmet
wow ! great capture, this Red-throated Loon is a beauty,
wonderful pose, colors and composition
lovely yellow reflection in the water
I wish you all the best for you and your family in 2010

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-05 21:34]

Salam Akhi Ahmet,
beautifully captured in great pose.The head and the neck glows in its excellence. The sharpness and the pretty round eye is the treasure here. Wonderfully presented in superbs view.
What an eciting capture and my thinking is that what a process of looking and capturing you have undergone.
Congratulations and hope this year will be more exciting sharing.


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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2010-01-06 1:35]

Sayın Hocam,
Harika bir kare...Böylesine güzel bir kareyi nasıl analtacağımı bilmiyorum.
Elinize, emeğinize sağlık
Slam ve saygılarımla

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-07 4:21]

Hello Ahmet,
A beautiful capture of the Red-throated Diver in winter dress. Excellent sharpness, beautiful light and colours and a fine reflection in the water too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

congratulations! great Gavia, never saw this pone before, TFS Ori

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