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A Rare Visitor: Calcarius lapponicus


A Rare Visitor: Calcarius lapponicus
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: 2010-02-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -III- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-18 13:44
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bunting family EMBERIZIDAE (PASSERIFORMES) is represented 15 (16) species in Turkiye. Of these, 12 (13) species belong to the genus Emberiza, with doubtful status of E. bruniceps. By the time I have captured nine species of them. My shots can be seen, clicking species names.

...- Calcarius lapponicus - Mahmuzlu Çinte [TR], Lapland Longspur [EN],
...- Plectrophenax nivalis - Alaca Kirazkuşu [Çinte] [TR], Snow Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza leucocephalos - Akbaşlı Kirazkuşu [Çinte] [TR], Pine Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza citrinella - Sarı Kirazkuşu [Çinte] [TR], Yellowhammer [EN],
...- Emberiza cirlus - Bahçe Kirazkuşu [Çintesi] [TR], Cirl Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza cia - Kaya Kirazkuşu [Çintesi] [TR], Rock Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza cineracea - Boz Kirazkuşu [Çinte] [TR], Cinereous Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza hortulana - Kirazkuşu [TR], Ortolan [EN],
...- Emberiza buchanani - Doğu Kirazkuşu [TR], Grey-necked Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza caesia - Kızıl Kirazkuşu [TR], Cretzschmar's Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza rustica - Akkaşlı Kirazkuşu [Çinte] [TR], Rustic Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza pusilla - Küçük Kirazkuşu [Çinte] [TR], Little Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza schoeniclus - Bataklık Kirazkuşu [Çintesi] [TR], Reed Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza bruniceps - Kızılbaşlı Kirazkuşu [Çinte] [TR], Red-Headed Bunting [EN],
...- Emberiza melanocephala - Karabaşlı Kirazkuşu [Çinte] [TR], Black-Headed Bunting [EN],
...- Miliaria calandra - Tarla Kirazkuşu [Çintesi] [TR], Corn Bunting [EN] (photo 1, photo 2).

This is Calcarius lapponicus - Mahmuzlu Çinte [TR], Lapland Longspur [EN] migratory, wintering in the Russian steppes, the southern USA, Northern Scandinavian arctic areas and down to coastal Southern Sweden, Denmark and Great Britain. It breeds across Arctic Europe and Asia, in Canada and the northernmost USA (from Wikipedia). It is a vagrant bird species in Turkiye and it was known by single record from İstanbul Prov.
Turkish and English (North America) vernacular names refer to its "long spurs". But it is known in Europe as "Lapland Bunting"
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We (with Emin Yoğurtçuoğlu (goldfinchtr) and Murat Bozdoğan) found second individual from Turkiye in İğneada Town located near Bulgarian border. It fed on ground, among flock of Alauda arvensis and several Melanocorypha calandra (PASSERIFORMES: ALAUDIDAE). Unfortunately, it was rainy and dark cloudy. I took it in a distance of 25-30 m from car window. Another shot of same individual presents on Workshop and its male in breeding plumage can be seen on our friend Ivan Kruys (argus)'s portfolio.
Both of shots may be not enough photographically. This is second capture and second record of species from Turkiye and third photograph on TN, according to my searching on the site.
I would like to dedicate to Professor Mustafa Sözen (spalaxtr) who is one of my closest friends and keens on this species
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Critiques [Translate]

Objektifinizden kuşların güzelliği çok iyi yansıyor. Ellerinize sağlık.

Bu kareyi daha önce trakusta beklemiştim hocam ama TN den geldi, fakat sıkı geldi; Ellerinize sağlık ender bir tür ve harika bir kare.
İyi geceler dileklerimizle.
S & E

Selamlar sayın hocam,
puanım kalmadı yorumu sabaha saklayacaktım ama bu dilberi görünce dayanamadım.
Türkiyeden çok az kayıtı var,
İstanbul ve kırklareli.
Bu başarıyı tebrik edebilmek için acele ettim.
Başarılarınızın devamını merakla ve ilgiyle bekliyoruz.

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  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2010-02-18 14:53]

Merhaba Ahmet bey,
Basarili orinto karesi..Elinize ve emeginize saglik
Saygilar
Gulsen

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-18 15:34]

Hi Ahmet,beautiful composition and excellents warms colors,not easy whit this low winter light,i like a lot the snow in background,very interesting specie,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-18 15:49]
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Hi Ahmet,

Another fine shot from a car window! I have only seen Buntings on TN. The face and feathers are wonderful with fine details and lovely colors. I like the natural setting - is that snow??? It's always wonderful to spot something that isn't what is usually seen in a given location.

Jane

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2010-02-18 16:13]
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Sayın Hocam,
Bu güzel ve ender türün habitatında çekilmiş,böylesine güzel fotoğrafını ve kaydını sizden duymak bana ayrı bir gurur verdi.İğneada fotoğraflarınızı merakla bekliyordum zaten.Fotoğrafın güzelliğini görünce de beklediğime fazlasıyla değdini anladım, elinize, emeklerinize sağlık.
Selamlarımla..
Elif

Hi Ahmet,
This an insteresting bird, with a beatiful plumage and surrounded whith a weel definde background. The ligth is very weel balanced an provides beatiful details and textures. Very good cropping and compisiton. Interesting and useful note. TFS
Jesus

Salam Akhi Ahmet,

This is a great capture of this rare Bunting specie with beautiful coloration, pose & setting. very nicely taken, composed & presented. Shukran akhi wa-salam!

Umar

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-18 21:38]
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Hello Ahmet
Thanks for sharing this rarity. It is very rare in my country too and I never seen it. You are lucky to see and get an excellent photo.
Regards
Razvan

Hi Ahmet
Wonderful this lovely and rare capture.
Great details and colors.
Congratulation!
Mariana

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-18 22:36]

Merhaba Ahmet,

Lovely plumage, also a very sharp, and clear shot.
You placed the bird nice to bottom in the corner.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,
John

Vay be Dr, ben de orada olup bu nadir türün çekim serüvenine ve heyecanına katılmayı çok isterdim. Tüm ekibi kutluyorum. Nefis bir foto ve katkı. Tebrikler.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-19 2:15]
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Merhaba Ahmet Hocam,
Böyle nadir bir türü görüntülemek heyecan verici olsa gerek.
Bunu ben görsem kesin tanımazdım:)Size oldukça da toleranslı
davranmış.Detaylar,göz teması ve kadraj mükemmel olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

hello Ahmet
this is a beautiful bird with many nice and beautiful colours
great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

Sevgili Ahmet ,
Nefis bir türün güzel bir fotoğrafı olmuş ,
Tebrikler .

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent image with a rare visitor also in Romania. Nice composition with lovely colours and very good clarity.
Sorry that I can't see all your images when you post them. I am travelling much and I have acces to TN only in weekends. But I have seen your images posted this week. Excellent sharpness, colours and details. Very good photos. Have a nice weekend!
Marius.

Hi Ahmet

Congratulations on your rare find.
Good composition out in the snow-covered field.

Chris

Hello Ahmet
congratulations for this rare visitor, this bunting is a very beautiful bird with superb plumage, you have taken it in a nice natural environment
the details are very good for taken from 25-30 meters
thanks for sharing this beautiful Shot
Have a great WE
Jacqueline

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-19 22:22]

Merhaba Ahmet dostum,
Congratulations on this fine capture of a female C. lapponicus.
We have them occasionally with us in S. Sweden but now we have ½ meter snow. Otherwise I have photographed it where it breeds in the Swedish mountains, as you mention in your note.
Excellent low POV taken with fine sharpness and colours.
Thanks and have a good weekend my friend,
Ivan

Bonito trabajo donde destaca la naturalidad de los colores. Todo un mundo este de las aves del que de momento yo me escapo... ya tengo bastante con los insectos .
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-20 10:40]

Hello Ahmet,
very beautiful picture of this Bunting in a lovely pose, very good sharpness and good natural colours, excellent POV and nice composition.
Best regards Siggi

Merhaba Ahmet.
This is a very interesting bird and is very good captured.
Looks like a sparrow.Pretty image.
Friendly regards.Alin.

Hello Ahmet,
I`m not a specialist in bird but I understand that kind of bird is rare. Congratulations for this image which has good colors and details.
Regards,
Mircea

ciao Ahmet!
interesting passerine species that i never seen..good capture with nice details
interesting note too

take care ciao sERGIO

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