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Motacilla flava feldegg - Kuyruksallayan

Motacilla flava feldegg - Kuyruksallayan
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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: 2008-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-17 16:06
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not typic position for wagtails. I drived on road among suburban area of Niğde. I saw it on rock along the road. Then, I stopped and took several photographes. Formerly, I observed similar position for some other passerine birds. They were afraid of from Carrion Crow (Corvus corone Linnaeus, 1758) or Brown-necked Raven (Corvus ruficollis Lesson, 1830). Today's afternoon, there were several Crow near us. But its unusual behaviour may be different, I am not sure.
Well, the family
MOTACILLIDAE – Kuyruksallayanlar, Wagtails of Passeriformes represented by 11 species from two genera, Motacilla Linnaeus, 1758 and Anthus Bechstein, 1805, in Turkiye. Of these, four species belong to the first genus, Motacilla, listed below with my previous posts' links.
…..*** Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758 – Sarı Kuyruksallayan [TR], Yellow Wagtail [EN],
…..*** Motacilla citreola Pallas, 1776 – Sarıbaşlı Kuyruksallayan (Citrine Wagtail),
…..*** Motacilla cinerea Tunstall, 1771 – Dağ Kuyruksallayanı (Grey Wagtail),
…..*** Motacilla alba Linnaeus, 1758 – Ak Kuyruksallayan (Pied Wagtail) (1, 2)

The Turkish population of Motacilla flava mainly belongs to M. flava feldegg Michahelles, 1830 and this black-headed form is different with from European form, namely nominative subspecies, M. f. flava L., 1758 - Blue-headed Wagtail with greyish head.

You can also see for additional information about these two and other subspecies Wikipedia by click the link.

The photograph was taken from car window and it was changed from RAW to JPEG.

Dedication for my dear friend, Dr. Fatih İzler (izler).

pekkavalo1, gracious, Jamesp, haraprasan, matatur, jusninasirun, marhowie, izler, angela926, jaycee has marked this note useful
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Hi Ahmet,

Very good picture of Yellow Wagtail. Not very typical pose as you noted but makes the picture more interesting. Good composition and bright natural colours, sharp details.



Merhaba Ahmet,
the exposure and focus is perfect in this shot with good lighting here!
very impressive pose of it in total sharpness, nice colour and details
many thanks

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-17 23:34]

Hi Ahmet

Great shot - wonderful pose ming plus great colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Ahmet,
A lovely capture of this beautiful yellow wagtail. Lovely composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-18 2:31]

Hello Ahmet,
As you said, an unusual but nice pose. Good sharpness and details. Great natural colours and composition.

Drcum ilginç bir zamanlama ile yaklamışsın, sanırım tam uçma üzereymiş. Eline sağlık. Selamlar

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-18 8:16]

Hi Ahmet,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Wagtail in a peculiar pose indeed. Nice moment captured with lovely colours and details on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hola Ahmed'im,
Bu kuyruksallayanı tam kuyruk sallayacğı anda mı çektin nedir, anlayamadım dostum, ama hoş bir görünüm olmuş, Fatih arkadaşımızın ithafından hoşnut kalacağına eminim.

Hello Ahmet , very interesting pose of this bird , colors and comp is OK , sharpness is a lttle low but overall a good photo , TFS and good luck .

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-18 13:20]

Hi Ahmet,very nice bird and beautifull moment to take the pic,the quality and the note are very excellent,thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Salam Ahmet. Stunning perch like it is about to fly. Super sharp image on the rock. thanks for sharing and best regards. I am tied up with work and having less opportunity to visit here. :-(Jusni

Hello Ahmet,
Nice color, POV, & an interesting pose as it hugs this rock..
Tough light, but you managed it well. The wagtail stands out very well against this neutral grey BG too.
Good work & TFS!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-05-20 14:40]

merhaba dostum
gec de olsa gordum bu guzel hediyeyi ve guzel turu
cok tesekkur ederim ;)
malum hafta sonu yogundu
pozu, renkleri ve bilgi notuyla nefis bir sunum
eline saglik

Hello Ahmet,
great shot of this cute little bird, fantastic sharpness and depth of field, nice blurred background, beautiful vivid colors and nice details.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-21 16:45]

Hi Ahmet,

I see I missed some wonderful posts of yours while I was away. This is a bird I have only seen in pictures. The colors and pose are marvelous.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-22 20:31]

Hello Ahmet

A super capture of this wagtail.This is a very interesting pose.
Excellent POV and DOF,the OOF BG is lovely.
The lighting is well handled,the colours are natural and well saturated.


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