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Melanocorypha calandra

Melanocorypha calandra
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-05 13:03
Viewed: 4403
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Calandra Lark, Melanocorypha calandra, breeds in warm temperate countries around the Mediterranean and eastwards through Turkey into northern Iran and southern Russia. It is replaced further east by its relative, the Bimaculated Lark.

It is mainly resident in the west of its range, but Russian populations of this passerine bird are more migratory, moving further south in winter, as far as the Arabian peninsula and Egypt. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe.

This is a bird of open cultivation and steppe. Its nest is on the ground, with 4ľ5 eggs being laid. Food is seeds supplemented with insects in the breeding season. It is gregarious outside the breeding season.

This is a large, robust lark, 17.5ľ20 cm long. It is an undistinguished-looking species on the ground, mainly streaked greyish-brown above and white below, and with large black patches on the breast sides. It has a white supercilium.

In flight it shows short broad wings, which are dark below, and a short white-edged tail. The wing and tail patterns are distinctions from its more easterly relatives.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Alaudidae

Genus: Melanocorypha

Species: M. calandra

Binomial name
Melanocorypha calandra
(Linnaeus, 1766)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-05 13:11]

Great shot Durzan.Very good detail and great POV. Well composed. Good exposure & notes.
Well captured, thanks for posting,
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Durzan. Good sharp and details for the bird. Interesting lightning green environment.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-05 20:56]

Very good photo, of this Melanocorypha calandra singing!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-05 21:33]

Hello Durzan
Wonderful capture of this lark singing.
Well done!

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-06 1:00]

Hello Durzan
Great shot

Harika bir kare,
harika bir zamanlama olmuş,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-06 6:09]

Fine viewpoint and good composition, only colors are bit dull. tfs.

Ciao Durzan, lovely bird inn a beautiful natural ambientation, fine details, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Dostum Harika bir boğmaklı toygar keresi. Eline sağlık.
iyi bir hafta sonu geširmen dileğimle..

nice capture, greetings Ori

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