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Anas acuta - Kilkuyruk / Pintail

Anas acuta - Kilkuyruk / Pintail
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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: 2009-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-25 16:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anas acuta - Kılkuyruk [TR], Pintail [EN] is fifth post from my İzmir trip; after Gallinula chloropus (GRUIFORMES: RALLIDAE), Buteo buteo (FALCONIFORMES: ACCIPITRIDAE), Platalea leucorodia (CICONIIFORMES: THRESKIORNITHIDAE), and Numenius arquata (CHARADRIIFORMES: SCOLOPACIDAE).

A. acuta can be seen almost all parts of Turkiye; especially Trakya [Thrace], Ege [Aegean] and Akdeniz [Mediterranean] regions in winter. Unfortunately this beautiful duck is preferred by hunters and killed often.

Its scientific [Latin] and Turkish and English vernacular names refer its tail. Especially males have a long tail. You can see it on Workshop.

The shot was taken from car window and cropped heavily. The female (in front) and male are seen on this photograph. I also added another Workshop from same area and you can see females and males together on ground.

My special thanks to Mustafa Sözen (spalaxtr) and Zafer Kurnuç (zaferK) for transporting and friendship.

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Merhaba Ahmet!
Sorry, but today only a very short comment, I am too tired after bussy day...
Great pair of flying ducks :) I like timing and clarity :)
Note as always is very informative :)
Greetings from winter (again...) Lodz,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-25 18:50]

Salam Akhi Ahmet,
lovely repetition of the bird in flight. Captivating symmetry. The sharpness and clarity is excellent and well seen in the sky.
Very fast action taken in capturing this superbs image.
Well presented in lovely colours.


Wonderful capture of this couple of Pintails flying in tandem, Dr Ahmet.
It is not easy to capture birds in flight; you, on the contrary, have produced a work of art.
Superb details and colours on the birds.
Well done and all the best.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-25 20:39]

Hello Ahmet,
This is a very beautiful image, I didn't know you guys also
had the Northern Pintail. Great sharpness, colors, and POV... Well done


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-25 22:07]

Hi Ahmet,

A beautiful capture of this lovely couple flying so close together. I am amazed that this fine shot was taken from your car window. You have frozen them perfectly in the midst of their flight. Excellent colors and details of the faces and feathers. The wings are magnificent. All three photos are excellent.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-25 22:47]

God morgon Ahmet!
A superb in-flight of a pair of Anas acuta in flight. The POV and synchronised frozen wing action are great and the sharpness and DOF amazing for only f4.
A marvellous capture my friend,
Thanks for sharing it.
Best wishes,

exceptional glance fascinating result
best regards Ahmet


merhaba hocam,
elinize sağlık.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-26 2:02]

hello Ahmet
Another excellent capture from you with perfect focus and great details.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2009-03-26 2:18]

Salam Dr. Ahmet!,

Lovely photo of Anas acuta pair in flight.
Still very clear and sharp after heavily croped.
Oh, no wonder..that super 600mm been used.
best regards,

Good picture with directional space. Light is little diffused but sharpness , details and composition is perfect! I love this shot for pure action

hello Ahmet
super timing on the ride moment
super details good sharpness
beautiful colours

greeting lou

Great shot of these PIntails in flight Ahmet.
Exposure,sharpness and compo are all perfect.
Very nice work!
TFS & cheers

Ahmet merhaba ,
Senkronize hareketin yakalnması nefis bir görsellik yaratmış .
Tebrikler dostum .

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-26 11:16]

Hello Ahmet,
Male and female in great harmony, very beautiful! Excellent sharp details and natural colours. Superb matching OOF BG. Very good composition.

well seen and captured Ahmet...........
amazing shot with perfect synchrony in flight

best sERGIO

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-03-26 14:34]

Truly wonderful photo of these flying pintails. The lighting is very pleasant, and, of course, the position of the two birds makes for an interesting and excellent composition. Gary

Hello Ahmet
This shot is so beautiful, i love this couple of flying ducks especially the wings position in perfect synchronisation
great natural colors, superb details and very nice neutral BG
very well done

Hi Ahmet,
A nice capture of these beautiful pintail ducks flying. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Sevgili Dostum,
İşte budur Dr, nefis foto,
Eline sağlık.

You are a GREAT photographer. Your TN postings are unique.
Yet, I could not see the "eye" of the "LEAD DUCK".
And, with all the equipment listed below, that you own, I was and am convinced that the "FOCUSING" of the subject is dead on. However, you, perhaps, did not use the software to its highest potential to show the BEAUTY OF THE "LEAD DUCK" bringing out the fine colours on its head & its eye.
I used a simple tool: "PICASA 3". Merely encreased the "LIGHT" on the subject.
No new TECHNIQUE. It was no JOKE either. Was very very simple.
This note is also on the W/S.
Inspite of your shortfall, a minor issue, this image does deserve a "GREEN SMILE".
Friendly regards,
Canon 40D, Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Rebel Ti, Nikon D300, Sony Cyber Shot DSC W55

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-30 1:15]

Merhaba Hocam,
Bizim fuar çalışmaları nedeni ile 1 haftadır TN de pek aktif olamadım,bu arada iki güzel çalışmanızı kaçırmışım.Kılkuyrukları senkronize biçimde uçarlarken çok güzel yakalamışsınız.Uyumlu renkler,zamanlama ve kadraj 4/4 lük olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

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