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Chlidonias leucopterus on its own island

Chlidonias leucopterus on its own island
Photo Information
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: 2007-09-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-08 11:46
Viewed: 4417
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For a week, I have not enough time and therefore I could not upload a new shot to TN. Meanwhile I could not write very much critiques on your posts. Now, I send a new photograph of my birds. It was captured on hand against sunlight edge in Lake Tödürge in Sivas Province on September 10th, 2007. I hope you will like it. You can read about species of today and its relatives.
Tenth order of birds in Turkiye, CHARADIIFORMES, consists of 85 of 350 species from ten of 20 families all over the world. Up to now, I try to introduce some of them (click fallowing links for details), i.e. Himantopus himantopus (1, 2, 3) (Recurvirostridae), Burhinus oedicnemus (1, 2) (Burhinidae), Charadrius dubius (1, 2) (Charadriidae),
Limosa limosa, Calidris minuta (1, 2), Tringa totanus (Scolopacidae), Larus ridibundus (1, 2) and Larus michahellis (Laridae).
Today’s post is a tern which from Sternidae (Denizkırlangıçları, Sumrular [TR], Terns [EN]), the sixth family, which is represented by 10 species of three genera Sterna (6 spp.), Gelochelidon (1 sp.) and Chlidonias (3 spp.) in Turkiye.
The genus Chlidonias is known as "marsh terns" and its species darker bodies unlike the "white terns" of the genus Sterna. Later dives to catch fishes, whereas members of Chlidonias don’t dive and pick insects and small fishes, flying slowly over the water.
The bird on the photograph is a Chlidonias leucopterus (Temminck, 1815) – Akkanatlı Sumru [TR], White-winged Black Tern [EN] in moulting period. In breeding season, its adult has black neck and belly, blackish (very dark grey) dorsum, white rump, white mainly wings, light grey tail, short bill black, short legs red. The inner side of wings is greyish and their tips are brown. Plumage in winter is similar to that on photograph, a bit lighter. Ch. leucopterus is 20-23 cm in length, 63-67 cm in wingspan. It breeds and nests on floating vegetation or water edge in freshwater marshes. During winter, it lives on seashores. In breeding period, it is seen from Southeastern Europe to Turkistan (Central Asia) and it winters in Africa, Oriental Region (South Asia) and Australia. It widely ranges from Australia to Southeast Europe. In Turkiye, Akkanatlı Sumru breeds in the coastal line of Karadeniz (Black Sea); it is visitor in the other parts of the country.
Dedication to a kind person, Dr. Riyat Gül, who is one of the founders of Turkish Birds’s Site "TRAKUŞ" and he helps always for species identification friendly. Also many thanks my dear friend Nicholas Glen (nglen) that the title is originated from his nice critique.

Fallowing paragraph is similar to information about the species and for Turkish reader.
Chlidonias leucopterus (Temminck, 1815) – Akkanatlı Sumru: Boy 20-23 cm, kanat açıklığı 63-67 cm. Yazın ergini parlak siyah; kanat üstü gri, kanat önü beyazdır, kanat altı örtüleri siyahtır. Kuyruk sokumu ve kuyruğu beyaz, bacakları kırmızıdır. Kışın erişkini açık renkli; kuyruk sokumu beyazımsı, kulak lekesi koyudur. Sonbaharda gencinin beli koyu, kanatları açık renk, kuyruk sokumu beyazdır. Koyu renk göğüs lekesi bulunmaz; gri kuyruğunun kenarı beyazdır. Bataklıklarda ve durgun su kenarlarında; ayrıca kışın deniz kenarlarında bulunur. Yazın daha sık görülür. Karadeniz sahillerinde yazın kuluçkaya yatar; diğer bölgelerde ziyaretçidir.

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To spalaxtr: teşekkürrousettus 1 02-08 12:59
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-08 11:52]
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Hi Ahmet . The bird has its own island. you have captured good detail in the feathers .and natural looking colours. you have used the light well. well done TFS. good notes too,

Beautiful bird, that "Sumru" Ahmet, in an excellent posture against lake waters which look more like quicksilver than water! Display of the wings look so nice from your POV, both upper and lower surfaces visible and in good focus, the bird seemingly balanced on its toetips. Very good my friend, and TFS.

slm hoocam
bu kadar güzel bir resmi ancak sizin gibi bir uzman çekebilir her şeyiyle mükemmel ellerine saglık

Dr, ben bu güzel kuşu tanıyorum yahu. Ama ben çekerken kanadını kaldırmamıştı hiç. BU pozu güzel olmuş. Eline sağlık. Selamlar,

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  • GOLDEN (30)
  • [2008-02-08 12:59]

merhaba Ahmet bey, güzel bir anda başarılı bir şekilde görüntülemişsiniz akkanatlı sumruyu ;)
açıklamlar için ayrıca teşekkür ederiz.
tebrikler ve saygılar.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-08 13:19]

Hi Ahmet

Wonderul composition - good close-up and action shot. Well done.


Hello Ahmet,
Very good composition and nice timing, good sharpness andvery nice colors.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-02-08 17:49]

Merhaba Dr. Ahmet,

Very nice bird 'Akkanatlı Sumru', with open wing - just landed at his island. Good detail and nice POV, TFS.

Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
very good moment captured of the spread wings Terns!
very good exposure and focus with natural colouration!
many thanks for the notes again
have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-08 23:51]

Merhaba Ahmet bey, çok güzel bir kompozisyon. Elinize sağlık.

Güzel çekim ve verdiğiniz bilgiler için teşekkürler Ahmet Bey. Selamlar...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-09 1:56]

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent capture of a White-winged Black Tern in winter plumage. Good timing to show the wings well in this position with fine sharpness, which makes a good contrast against the rippling water.
Very nice image, my friend and thanks for sharing it,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-09 2:21]

Hello Ahmet, great shot of this Chlidonias, good pose, very good details and very well exposed. Thanks,


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-09 5:15]

Merhaba Ahmet bey konma anı sanırım çok güzel olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-09 7:07]

Hi Ahmet.
You managed to picture amazing scene and moment. I like it a lot. Timing is simply superb as well as the composition of the picture at whole. Great exposure despite the backlight and excellent details and sharpness of the image. I like creative framing of the shot. My compliments.

Excelente imagen y original encuadre.
Buena nota y enlaces.
Saludos, JL.

Salam Ahmet,

I am sorry that you are tied up with work. I do too all the time - and with my lectures too. Anyway you have beautiful gallery that I can keep coming back too and I like them all.

This is wonderful capture with the wings spread out and in excellent sharpness. That little island is so pleasing against the clear water. Nice fancy framing fit for a well shot image.

Well done and have a wonderful weekend.


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