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Cygnus olor - Kugu

Cygnus olor - Kugu
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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: 2008-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM + 1.4X II TC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): gondox's favorites - animals, aquatic birds!, Birds of the Middle East -II- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-15 16:51
Viewed: 4518
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my friends,
As I noted in my last post, I was in my homeland, Giresun during religious holiday. I came back yesterday after a good week.
During this period, I visited often Black Sea [Karadeniz] shores, with Mehmet Özcan (meo) and Ömer Kulaçoğlu who are amateur bird photographers like me.
We observed many bird species, from Alcedo atthis (Kingfisher, Yalıçapkını) and Aythya fuligula (Tufhed Duck, Tepeli Patka) to Buteo buteo (Buzzard, Şahin) and Emberiza rustica (Rustic Bunting, Akkaşlı Kirazkuşu). Of these, last species was recorded third time from Turkiye (since 1900).
Today's post belongs to a member of the family ANATIDAE (ANSERIFORMES): Cygnus olor - Mute Swan [EN], Kuğu, Sessiz Kuğu [TR].

It is one of three species of the genus Cygnus in Turkiye. Other two species;
***Cygnus cygnus - Whooper Swan [EN], Ötücü Kuğu [TR]
***Cygnus columbianus - Bewick's Swan [EN], Küçük Kuğu [TR].
and C. olor winters in Turkiye, mostly northern coasts. Sometimes, it is also seen in summer.

This swan on the photograph was taken in Gülyalı District of Ordu Province. When I saw it firstly on December 10th, it was rainy and closed. In next day, it was sunny and swan fed, swimming on Black Sea. It was near the beach. You can see it totally and with another portraite on Workshop. I used 1.4X teleconverter and Focal Length arrived 840 mm. Distance was about 20 m.

I'd like to dedicate it to my friend, Goldy RS (goldyrs). I hope you will like these shots.
Thanks for visiting.

jaycee, Argus, gracious, Jamesp, maurydv, eng55, uleko, Juyona, izler, Alex99, siggi, jconceicao, SelenE, matatur, flashpoint, banaei_nikon, fiyo, Dis. Ac. has marked this note useful
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Hello Ahmet,
Nice portrait, good sharpness and edepth of feild, lovely colors and light, excelletn details, the water droplets are very nice.

Hello Ahmet

Beautiful contrasting colours,very good use of the light,the whites are well exposed.
Excellent focus and sharp details.The water droplets on the swan's neck are a nice touch.
Wonderful POV and DOF.
The water has a lovely fluidity in the BG.
Very good eye contact.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-15 17:19]

Hi Ahmet,

Three lovely shots of the graceful swan. A nice dedication to Goldy - he will love it! The curve of the neck is beautiful with the added bonus of the water droplets. Excellent white and black. The water and the unusual rays of light make a superb background.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-15 22:08]

Merhaba Ahmet Dostum,
A beautiful close portrait of a young swan that has almost gained its adult plumage. I like the composition with the curvature of the neck against a fine light in the wavy water BG.
Fine technical quality too.
This is the best image of the three alternatives but the others are fine too.
Nice to view and thanks for sharing it,
Best wishes to you and your family,

Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
Good portriat of the Mute Swan with a nice red beck!
I loved the waterdrops on the body and the sharpness is incredible with good colours
thanks for the sharing
take care and sincere regards

good composition with clear details and very beautiful background!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-15 23:29]

Hi Ahmet

Great shot - very good pose with excellent setail - the water droplets are really good.


Oooo , harika yaklaşmışsın sevgili Ahmet , nefis bir makro .
Eline sağlık .

Hi Ahmet!

I just posted a shot about swans and there I wrote I didn't want to post too ordinary one shown a thousand times.
Probably you thought the same because your shot is even more special with this wonderful composition and the little shiny drops on the head and neck! I love the second ws as well very much for using water play very nicely.
Superb sharpness in all pictures and they're full of details. TFS!

Best regards,

Merhaba Ahmet,
splendido ritratto di Cigno, catturato con ottima definizione, molto belli i colori e stupendo OOF BG dell'acqua con i riflessi chiaroscuri, mi piace molto anche l'altro ritratto in WS.

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,harikulade bir çekim.Zarif kıvrımı ve su zerecikleri ile müthiş bir portre olmuş.Suyun sakinliğide sanki zerafetini artırmış gibi,ellerinize sağlık,çok selamlar:)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-16 4:59]

Hello Ahmet, nice shot and you have presented it very nice. Good angle shot Ganesh

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-16 8:29]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Harika bir kuğu fotografı.Beuaz tüyler üzerindeki su damlacıkları çok hoş görünüyor.Kuşun bakışı,kadraj,fon ve detaylar da mükemmel.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-16 9:06]

Hello Ahmet,
Nice to see you back again! This is a beautiful close portrait of the Mute Swan where it stands out nicely against the blue water. Great sharpness showing the droplets on its wet neck and beautiful colours.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-16 9:55]

Ahmet bey 600+tc ile portre nefis olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-16 11:03]

Hola amigo,
interesante retrato y bonitos colores,
fino foco y pov...
saludos Ahmet.

Selam Ahmet hocam,
bakıyorum sende boş durmamışsın Karadenizde..
oldukça güzel malzemelerle döndün..bu da nefis bir örneği..
harika bir çekim..ellerine sağlık..

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-16 14:20]

merhaba hocam
portre tadında bir çekim
poz, göz teması, netlik ve detaylar nefis olmuş
eline sağlık

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-16 21:04]

Hi Ahmet.
Amazing art work, my friend. My warm congratulations. All is superb. Elegant model and its gracious pose, brilliant reproduction of all its charming features and details, fantastic BG and its reproduction. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-16 23:09]

Hello Ahmet
Wonderful shot.well seen and composed.I liked details on white and POV very much.Thanks for sharing.Regards Siggi

Hello Ahmet,

Excellent close up.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-17 5:05]

Salam Ahmet,
nice colours and excellent shape of the swan,
Very lovely wth curving neck and contrasting beak.i like the ripple effect of the water in the lake making the photo pleasant.



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-17 11:55]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Ne kadar zarif duruyor... Renkler, fon ve cekim aciniz cok guzel.

beautiful and majestic, good night, Ori

Merhaba Ahmet, fascinating portrait of lovely swan with great colors and fine details, splendid drops, fantastic blufrry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-17 14:45]

What a great photo of this Swan.
Good composition.
Nice colours.
Sharp and clear.

Well done,

  • matatur Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 245 N: 1626] (5312)
  • [2008-12-17 14:48]

Başını sudan yeni çıkarmış bu sessiz kuğuyu nefis fotoğraflamışsın Ahmet, netlik, pozlandırma mükemmel, geriplan seçimi harika olmuş, kutlarım dostum.

Ooops, puanları tüketmişim...

excellent definitions and pose
of this Mute Swan, the blue of Bg enhances the beauty of white feathers with the drops of water...well seen Ahmet!

greetings sERGIO

Hi Ahmet
Very nice shot & Good macro and focus


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-18 6:15]

Su damlalarının süslediği nefis bir bir portre olmuş, ellerinize sağlık Ahmet bey. Selamlar.

Hello Ahmet,

very nice portrait picture of these Mute Swan.
I like the drops and details in the feathers.


Interesante trabajo Ahmet, pero con la asignatura pendiente de captar con precisión el ojo del cisne jajaja Ya se que no es tarea facil en según que condiciones de distancia y luz, pero ahí está el reto.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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