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Motacilla citreola - little lemon

Motacilla citreola - little lemon
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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: 2008-03-31
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Yellow Birds, Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-31 15:42
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I will write a short and funny for me story.
It was very closed and a bit rainy early morning. I had three hours of free time after my first exam to students until second exam. I went to my usual wetland. I observed many bird species from Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) to Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis). Rain started again drizzling. After I searched and walked around bullrushes, I started to wait for several minutes, sitting down on wet grass. There were hundreds of the Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba) almost everywhere. But one of them was very interesting and I saw a lemon among its bill at first look. Then, I looked at carefully, not lemon and not a Pied Wagtail. It was new record for me and exactly 139th species for our campus area "Akkaya". My last observation was funny not only for me, but also PALLAS who was described this species in 1776, simulating its head to a lemon. And he named it as Motacilla citreola, orinating citrus "lemon" from Latin and -ella a diminutive, namely "little lemon".
Motacilla citreola Pallas, 1776 – Sarıbaşlı Kuyruksallayan [TR], Citrine Wagtail [EN] is one of four species of the genus Motacilla in Turkiye. Other species are
*** Motacilla flava – Sarı Kuyruksallayan (Yellow Wagtail)
*** Motacilla cinerea – Dağ Kuyruksallayanı (Grey Wagtail)
*** Motacilla alba – Ak Kuyruksallayan (Pied Wagtail).

I posted already two shots [1, 2] of M. alba previously (click the links to see).

This photograph was taken on hand under rainy and closed weather. I think I was far from it about 14-15 m and so I cropped it heavily. I hope you like this post. Thank you very much visiting. Best wishes.

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Hello Ahmet,

very nice image and story.
Love the color contrast and soft light.
Wonderful how the wagtail stands out against the green color tones of the grassess.
Very well done. TFS!!!

Best wishes, Harry

Hi Ahmet,

Great capture of this very rare wagtail in the North. Good colours and composition but obviosly shapness could be better had it been a longer visitation...

Thanks for sharing


Dr selam.
Bu nadir ve güzel sarıbaşlıyı güzel fotğraflamışsın. Benim de hedef türlerimden. Gelmeye başladıklarına göre bu günlerde biraz bakınayım buna. Selamlar

Salam Ahmet. Beautiful bird so striking even on the grass. I like your story too and as I said earlier, you are so lucky to be working on the field doing something that you like. I do lectures too but normally in the computer lab. Thanks for sharing the image and the story. Very well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-03-31 19:20]

Bonsoir Ahmet,

Bravo pour cette belle capture. L'oiseau est très jolie.

Ahmet Hocam günaydın. Nefis renkli bir kuyruksallayan. Elinize sağlık. Görüntü mükemmel. Teşekkürler.

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  • citak (70)
  • [2008-04-01 0:05]

Ahmet Hocam elinize ve emeğinize sağlık benim hiç görmediğim ve hatta duymadığım bir türdü.Sayenizde gördüm ,teşekkürler.

Ahmedim nefis bir sarıbaşlı kuyruksallayan. Daha önce hiç görmemiştim. Renkler, poz ve derinlik harika eline sağlık.

Ahmet Hocam selamlar,
Nefis bir kuş ve nefis bir kare. Elinize sağlık.
Kıbrıs'tan selamlar,

Hi Ahmet, very nice shot of this "little lemon". If it's anything like the Willy Wagtail seen here, then it can be skittish and very difficult to shoot. Your positioning shooting through wet grass is very good to give us the "birds eye" perspective. Colour is great with very good detail seen on the bird.

Thanks, John

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-01 3:31]

Hello Ahmet,
Lovely capture of this beautiful M. citreola! I understand your excitement as we once saw a 'feldegg' version of M. flava with a black head, it was great to see. But this one is even more beautiful with its yellow head. Excellent details and beautiful colours. Well done in the rain!!
TFS sand best wishes, Ulla

Ahmet Hocam çok tatlı bir kuş, pozu da öyle. Çok da güzel görüntülemişsiniz. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-01 5:24]

Hi Ahmet,
Wonderful shot of this cute looking bird with such amazing colours and details on its plumage. Great pose captured among the thick grass growth and it stands out perfectly. Great POV to portray it and very nicely composed. kudos.

Çok güzel bir tür , hafif detay kaybı olmasına rağmen hoş bir kompozisyon , Akkaya Barajı tür sayısı çok iyi , Gediz Delta nın 3 te 2 si kadar oldu :) eline sağlık Ahmet .

Hello Ahmet,

Superb capture of this wagtail. Good POV, DOF and focus. It is a pity you were too far. Excellent colours and good light despite the rain.
Very well done,

Hi Ahmet,
A nice capture of this beautiful bird. Excellent composition and fine details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

slm hocam
bu kadar güzel resmi ancak sizin gibi bir bilimadamı çekebilir bu resimlerinin devamını gelmsesini her zaman çok isteriz güzel bir çekim ellerinize sağlık

Merhaba Ahmet poz ve renkler mukemmel cok zor focus edebilmek bu cimen arasinda ama iyi becerebilmisin tebrikler. iyi aksamlar Selamlar Necip.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-01 12:28]

Congratulations for finding another new species in your area! That's quite a bird count so far!
Nice shot of this Little Lemon :-)
Great colours and the soft light is superb!
Quite sharp with good detail.
Superb composition.
Well done Ahmet!


Very nice and perfectly colored capture in spite of the unfaourable conditions and heavy cropping Ahmet, a miracilous take with a 400 mm handheld, very good indeed my friend.

:)) adı küçük limon kalsın bundan sonra,yöresel adlandırma :))
ellerinize sağlık Ahmet hocam, haklıymışsınız hemen ümitsizliğe kapılmamak gerek...
ayrıca daha nice 139 lara :)

Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
Many thanks for sharing this Little Lemon with us!
Good job even with hand-held to achieve such sharpness, excellent colour and superb details in the shot!
a pleasant image
greeting to you always
friend Tony

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-02 7:44]

Hola Ahmet.
Muy bellos colores en el plumaje de este hermoso pajaro. finos detalles y hermosa la pose. Una nota escrita muy buena tambien.
Nunca he visto alguno de ellos.
Saludos Ahmet.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-02 9:56]

Hi Ahmet. A new one for you its great when this happens . you have captured it well. You did so well in the wet conditions very well done TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-03 7:00]

Hello Ahmet

A lovely capture of this "little lemon".
Very good low POV.
The shot is well composed.
The colours are natural and the plumage shows well.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-03 8:07]

Hello Ahmet,
Photo with excellent contrasting colours. Not very sharp, but a fantastic pose, composition, POV and DOF.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-03 8:08]

Oh Ahmet merhaba!
This is great! You have managed a sharp and well composed shot of the Citrine Wagtail, a species that I have photographed once in Sweden but it was a poor shot, nothing like as good this. Fine pose, excellent low POV and contrast with the grass.
Well done my friend and thanks for sharing this beauty!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-03 21:10]

Hello Amhet, that's a beauty my friend, well composed, sharp and great exposure, very well done! Thanks!


Hola Ahmet.
Precioso retrato de este pajarillo.
Hermoso colorido y buen comentario.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Ahmet,
Amazing shot. I really love this pic, great photo. Great colour and composition. Well done. tfs. Stev

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