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Larus armenicus - Van Golu Martisi

Larus armenicus - Van Golu 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: 2009-07-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-17 5:02
Viewed: 4694
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Larus armenicus - Van Gölü Martısı [TR], Armenian Gull [EN] was introduced to the yellow-legged gull species, L. argentatus, as like L. cachinnas and L. michahellis. Recently, these three species elevated to species level. Of these, L. armenicus is also known "Van Lake' Gull", which is the biggest lake in Turkiye and this gull commonly breed in the lake basin. It also breeds in Tuz Gölü [Salt Lake] area. In winter, we can meet it in Eastern Akdeniz [Turkish Mediterranean] region.
It ranges in Georgia, Armenia, NW Iran and Turkiye. It winters in Israel, Lebanon, Turkish coastal zone. It can be seen in minor groups in Cyprus, Egypt and Basra Gulf.

The shot was taken in Bülbilan Yaylası [High Pleteau], Ardanuç (Artvin Prov.) in dark couldy condition. It was getting dry after bath. You can see two other shots in flight (photo 1) and among flowers (photo 2).
Thanks for visiting.

Argus, Jamesp, SelenE, maurydv, KOMSIS, kaytan, Noisette, elif has marked this note useful
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-17 5:36]

Hello Ahmet,
All three photos of this special species are very beautiful. Great natural colours, excellent sharpness, details and DOF. Good composition with a very nice pose.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-17 7:05]

Merhaba Ahmet,
An interesting capture of the Armenian Gull caught in an unusual pose!:) with excellent sharpness and lighting and well composed with the dark BG. Though I prefer the WS shot with the flowers, as it shows the features of this new species, including the darker red on the bill.
Thanks MF,
Best regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-17 8:16]

Hi ahmet

A lovely action shot - great detail and pose.


Salam Ahmet,

A great action shot with beautiful coloration, sharpness & fine details. Well done.

Salam & Regards


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-08-17 12:21]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Cok iyi pozlamissiniz. Renk doygunlugunu, kompozisyonu ve pozun dogalligini cok begendim
emeginize saglik

Interesting position of this bird.Nice moment to capture it.

Merhaba Ahmet,
a great capture of this Gull, very good sharpness and timing, very beautiful natural colours in a pleasant composition.
Best regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-08-18 7:29]

Ahmet bey selamlar,
İlginç bir kompozisyon ...
Hareketli martı,net detaylarıyla, hoş bir çalışma.
Emeğinize sağlık,

Interesante documento Ahmet. Yo no entiendo casi nada de aves pero considero que los expertos han de saber valorarla en su medida. Ténue luz muy atractiva.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ahmet
very good timing ! i love this very special action shot, this gull is very sharp in spite of the fast movment, great composition and excellent colors
The two others shots are beautiful too
Have a good night

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