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Larus melanocephalus - Akdeniz Martisi

Larus melanocephalus - Akdeniz Martisi
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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: 2009-03-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, 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): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-27 13:35
Viewed: 5466
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
.......Vernacular Names
Although I am a biologist, I like to etymology too; especially species names' origin (derivatio nominis). Latin names are usually originated from
- a morphological feautures, e.g. dark colored (fuscus), short headed (breviceps), three striped (trilineata), white-collared (albicollis).
- site or place, e.g. from Turkiye (turcicus), Anatolia (anatolica), Egypt (aegyptiacus), Caspian Sea (caspica), the south (australis), the Caucasus (caucasica), live in field (agricola),
- from human (collector or scientist etc) name, e.g. Curt Kosswig (kosswigi), Abidin Budak (budaki), Fazıla Ş. Giz (fazilae).
- from tautonomy (same word of genus name), e.g. Bufo bufo, Myotis myotis
- from anagram, e.g. from unedo from "Unom tantum edo [eat only one]", isodol from Niyazi Lodos.

- As I know, the shortest name belongs to a bat from SE Asia: Ia io.
However, some vernacular names are derivated from wrong names. For example Muscicapa striata's is Spotted Flycatcher. Actually this bird is striped, not spotted (attention please striata = striped). Similarly Larus ridibundus is named as Black-headed Gull. Actually this gull has a dark brown head, not black-head. True black-headed gull is Larus melanocephalus - Akdeniz Martısı [TR], Mediterranean Gull [TR] on enclosed photograph. Its scientific (Latin) name already refers its black [melano] head [cephalus].

This gull has a black head only in breeding season. Its head white, except small part on ear area, in winter. This species can be also recognized by white wing from L. ridibundus with black colored wing tips.

This shot was taken from Büyük Çekmece Lake in İstanbul City, by camera on hand. RAW to JPEG and heavly cropped.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-27 13:43]

Hi Ahmet. Such a graceful picture of this inflight Gull. It looks so stream line. Good use of the light on the head area. well done TFs.

Have a good weekend

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-27 14:05]

Hello Ahmet
You capture well this gull, with great details and natural colors.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-27 14:07]
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Günaydin Ahmet,
A fine in-flight capture of Larus melancephalus, using a very good panning technique to take it with fine sharpness. That you did this with your heavy lens hand-held is to be admired!
This species is very rare in Sweden
This nice shot is accompanies by a fine note on the etymology of names, that I also fine fascinating.
Thanks for sharing both the fine image and the note my friend.
Have a good weekend,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-27 16:14]

Hi Ahmet,

This Mediterranean Gull looks so sleek and graceful as he flies through the air. A most beautiful shot captured perfectly. I love the wing position! I found your notes fascinating.


Hello Ahmet
this is a nice in-flight capture taken with a beautiful blue sky as BG
this gull is very sharp an d have a great pose
have a great WE
very interesting note

Hello Ahmet,
Very nice picture of this Mediterranean Gull,and a very interesting lesson on scientific etymology.
I wonder if Ia Io comes from one of Jupiters moons ;)
Cheers & TFS

Hi Ahmet,
A nice capture of this beautiful gull flying. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-28 7:27]

Ahmet, Such a superb picture inflight shot of this gull bird. Wonderful clarity and well composed shot. Ganesh

Merhaba Ahmet,
a fantastic capture of Larus melanocephalus flying, very good sharpness and fine details, very beautiful natural colours, well composed, very interesting notes.
Best regards

Merhaba Ahmet, splendid capture of wonderful Laurus in great fly with fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-28 11:43]

Hola amigo,
espléndida captura,
atractivo encuadre, pov. y buen foco.
saludos Ahmet.

Hello Ahmed,
Great in flight capture, the exposure is blameless
Interesting note too

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-29 6:18]

Assalamualaikum Akhi Dr. Ahmet,
such a beautiful capture of this bird in flight. The red beak and the black neck is very attractive. you have shown it in a great way by having the shadows, the details and also the eyes in clarity.
I could imagine its difficulties and patience you have experience in producing this pleasant shot.
Well presented.


Hello Ahmet

A beautiful in flight capture.
The POV is terrific.
Excellent colours and lighting.


Salam Ahmet,

This is such a beautiful display of beauty in flight. The framing is perfect allowing the space for flight. Sharp focus and superb display of your quality work.

Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.
Best regards,

hello Ahmet
beautiful hovering,
with very good detail, very good shot
best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-30 1:17]
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Merhaba Hocam,
Bu uçarda mükemmel olmuş.Sıcak ışık,gözdeki canlılık,netlik ve detaylar çok güzel.
Selamlar,iyi haftalar..

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2009-03-30 10:21]

Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,

Great in flight captured. Good exposure and sharp.
Very good note too.
Have a great week.

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