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Get to know the birds of Turkey - 14

Hello all,After a very long period, I'm back in the blogs with the queen of birds:MUTE SWAN - CYGNUS OLOR The mute swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and thus a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia.Adults of this large swan typically range from 140 to 160 cm (55 to 63 in) long, although can range in extreme cases from 125 to 170 cm (49 to 67 in), with a 200 to 240 cm (79 to 94 in) wingspan.[4][12] Males are larger than females and have a... continue reading

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF TURKEY - 13

Hi,This article is about a very lovely species:FIRECREST - REGULUS IGNICAPILLA The common firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) also known as the firecrest, is a very small passerine bird in the kinglet family. It breeds in most of temperate Europe and northwestern Africa, and is partially migratory, with birds from central Europe wintering to the south and west of their breeding range. Firecrests in the Balearic Islands and north Africa are widely recognised as a separate subspecies, but the... continue reading

MORE THAN SIX HUNDRED PHOTOS ONLINE

I have just realised that I have more than 600 hundred photos approved and online.When I first starting uploading on June, 2011, I had only a very faint idea about stock photography and selling them online.Thanks to Dreamstime, a new world is open in front of me.Below is one of my latest photographs: continue reading

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF TURKEY - 12

Hi folks,Back in the field again after a long break. This article is about a bird of prey:LESSER KESTREL - FALCO NAUMANNIIt is a small bird of prey, 27–33 cm in length with a 63–72 cm wingspan. It looks very much like the larger common kestrel but has proportionally shorter wings and tail. It shares a brown back and barred grey underparts with the larger species. The male has a grey head and tail like male common kestrels, but lacks the dark spotting on the back, the black malar stripe,... continue reading

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF TURKEY - 11

Folks,Back in the field again after a very long break.Below is the information related to a very cute species:Bearded Tit – Panurus biarmicusThe Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus) is a small, sexually dimorphic reed-bed passerine bird. It is frequently known as the Bearded Tit, due to some similarities to the Long-tailed Tit.The Bearded Tit was placed with the parrotbills in the family Paradoxornithidae, after they were removed from the true tits in the family Paridae.... continue reading

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF TURKEY - 10

My dear friends,Here is the one of the most common birds that can be found allaround Turkey:Corn bunting – Emberiza calandraThe Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra) is a passerine bird in the bunting family Emberizidae, a group now separated by most modern authors from the finches, Fringillidae. It is usually placed in the genus Emberiza, but some taxonomists place it in the monotypic genus Miliaria.This is an unusual bunting because the sexes appear similar in plumage, although the... continue reading

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF TURKEY - 9

Hi folks,This week, we will look into a very very common but beautiful bird:Black-eared wheatear – Oenanthe hispanicaThe Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica) is a wheatear, a small migratory passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the Thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.This 13.5-15.5 cm (5.6 inch) long insectivorous species is dimorphic with eastern and western races, sometimes split as Eastern... continue reading

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF TURKEY - 7

Hi friends,This week, we’ll look into a very common, but pretty bird from all around Turkey.Pied (white wagtail) – Motacilla albaThe White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a small passerine bird in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. This species breeds in much of Europe and Asia and parts of north Africa. It is resident in the mildest parts of its range, but otherwise migrates to Africa. It has a toehold in Alaska as a scarce breeder. In the British... continue reading

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF TURKEY - 6

Hi friends,We will meet a very talented hunter this week, an enemy of the grasshoppers:Rüppel’s warbler – Sylvia rueppelliThe Rüppell's Warbler (Sylvia rueppelli) is a typical warbler of the genus Sylvia. It breeds in Greece, Turkey and neighbouring islands. It is migratory, wintering in north east Africa. This is a rare vagrant to western Europe. The name is occasionally cited as "Rueppell's Warbler".It is a typical "sylvia" warbler, similar in size but slimmer than Sardinian... continue reading

GET TO KNOW THE BIRDS OF TURKEY - 5

Hello folks,This week’s bird is a very pretty and cute one:Little ringed plover – Charadrius dubiusThe Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) is a small plover. Adults have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes with white above and a short dark bill. The legs are flesh-coloured and the toes are all webbed.This species differs from the larger Ringed Plover in leg... continue reading

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