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Copyright: Akif Aykurt (Raptorman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 649 W: 11 N: 1065] (10388)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 300 4.0L
Exposure: f/5.6
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-28 8:48
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Points: 12
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House Martin
Lat : Delichon urbica
Tur : Ev Kırlangıcı

The adult House Martin of the western nominate race is 13 centimetres (5.1 in) long, with a wing span of 26–29 centimetres (10.2–11.4 in) and a weight averaging 18.3 grammes (0.65 oz). It is steel-blue above with a white rump, and white underparts, including the underwings; even its short legs have white downy feathering. It has brown eyes and a small black bill, and its toes and exposed parts of the legs are pink. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile bird is sooty black, and some of its wing coverts and quills have white tips and edgings. D. u. lagopodum differs from the nominate race in that its white rump extends much further onto the tail, and the fork of its tail is intermediate in depth between that of D. u. urbicum and that of the Asian House Martin.
The white rump and underparts of the House Martin, very noticeable in flight, prevent confusion with
other widespread Palaeoarctic swallows such as the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Sand Martin
(Riparia riparia) or Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica). In Africa, confusion with Grey-rumped
Swallow (Pseudhirundo griseopyga) is possible, but that species has a grey rump, off-white underparts and long, deeply forked tail.[3] The House Martin flies with a wing beat averaging 5.3 beats per second, which is faster than the wing beat of 4.4 beats per second for the Barn Swallow.
The House Martin is a noisy species, especially at its breeding colonies. The male's song, given throughout the year, is a soft twitter of melodious chirps. The contact call, also given on the wintering grounds, is a hard chirrrp, and the alarm is a shrill tseep.
Source : Wikipedia .

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-28 8:52]

hi akif,
beautifuly excecuted shot. excellent capture of this landing which is hard to see with naked eye. tfs.

Hi Akif,

Great shot.Beautiful photo with excellent detail.Lighting and composition are good.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-28 9:39]

Hi Akif
Nice shot mid action mid flight.Good POV and sharp image.Detail are excellent .I also like the way you had capture the shadow of the bird.
TFS Michel

Hi Akif,
Very nice picture of House Martin landing. A very rare view as they rarely even land at all. Good capture of right moment with good POV, sharp details and very good exposure.

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  • capaci Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 139 W: 55 N: 150] (1300)
  • [2008-07-28 22:49]

hi akif
very nice shot

Akif merhaba
yırtıcıların kadar güzel ve başarılı bir çekim. zamanlama, netlik, açı hepsi çok çok güzel. eline sağlık dostum. Anamurdan selamlar.

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