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Montagu's Harrier Chick


Montagu's Harrier Chick
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Copyright: Akif Aykurt (Raptorman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 649 W: 11 N: 1065] (10388)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/4
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-15 12:30
Viewed: 3967
Points: 26
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Montagu's Harrier ( Juvenile )
Lat : Circus pygargus
Tur : Çayır delicesi

**Identification

Plumage
Sexual dimorphism is particularly apparent in the plumage of this species. Adult males are characterized by their overall pale grey plumage contrasting with black wingtips. Compared with other harriers this species has characteristic black bands along the secondaries, both above and below the wing and rusty streaks on belly and flanks.
Adult females have a broadly similar plumage to that of Pallid and Hen Harriers. The underparts are mostly pale yellow-brown, the belly with longitudinal stripes and the wing coverts spotted. The upper parts are uniform dark brown except for the white upper tail coverts ("rump"), and the sightly paler central wing coverts.

The juvenile plumage resembles that of the female, but differs by the belly and under wing coverts which are not spotted, but uniformly red brown in colour.

A melanistic form occurs regularly in this species. In this form the male is much darker than usual, with a black head, brownish black above and grey underparts. The melanistic female is entirely chocolate brown except for grey flight feathers. Partially melanistic morphs can also be found.


Flight
The Montagu's Harrier has a particularly graceful flight, with powerful and elegant wingbeats which give an impression of buoyancy and ease. In true harrier fashion it searches the countryside, flying low, and generally holds its wings with a marked positive dihedral.


Dimensions
The Montagu's Harrier is a deceptively small raptor, though it appears larger because of its large wing surface compared to small body weight, which gives it a typically buoyant flight. The female is larger than the male, however this is not apparent in the field.

Wingspan: 97–115 cm
Length: 43–47 cm (tail: 16–18 cm)
Weight (average):
Male: 265 g
Female: 345 g
**From Wikipedia

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Genç olduğu belli, konmaya çalıştığı dal sanki onu taşıyacak :)

Eline emeğine sağlık selamlar...

hello Akif
SUPER composition with very good sharpness
and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Merhaba Akif,
Çok güzel bir anda yakalamışsın bu dilberi. Çayır tarzı bir bitki üzerine konmak istemesi baya bir ilginç. Ama türün Türkçe adı da bundan geliyor sanırım:) Bu arada Trakyadaki saksağanlar gerçekten genel olarak zayıf göründü gözüme:) Sanırım aşıracakları birşey bulamıo garipler.
Selamlar.

Bayram
Not: Bayburttan çektiğim bir yırtıcının türüne bir türlü karar veremiyorum. Görüş aldığım 2 arkadaş da farklı 2 görüş verdiler:) Oldukça ilginç bir koyu renklenme gösteren Buteo rufinus diye düşünüyorum ben de. Bu kadar değişken renklenme varmı bu türde?

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2009-08-15 13:29]

Hi Akif!

What a pin sharp and colorful shot, with so much details.. I really like it, TFS!

Best regards,
Andor

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2009-08-15 14:06]

Şahane olmuş Akif hocam..
kanatlar süper çıkmış...
Eline sağlık...

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-15 14:11]

Akif merhaba,
Konmaya çalışırken yakalamış olman çok güzel.Çalının netliği de kuşun netliği kadar göz alıcı.Ayrıca homojen arka planın fotoğrafa katkısı çok büyük.Eline emeğine sağlık dostum.

Hi Akif!

What a stunning shot of this beautiful bird, the detail and marking in the plumage are amazing. Perfect composition, and wonderful colours, really nice work well done.

All the best, Cheers Rick :)

I think this is a beautiful image, Akif. I like the action and the parallel lines of tree and bird which unifies the composition. You achieved perfect depth of focus on the bird. Nice work.

TFS
Evelynn : )

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-15 21:59]

Hello Akif,
A very fine capture of a juvenile C. pygargus. The POV, pose, colours, lighting, Bg and sharpness are excellent in this fine composition.
Thanks and best regards,
Ivan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-16 0:50]

Hello Akif,
Another wonderful photo of this harrier in a great pose. Excellent sharpness, details, natural colours, POV and composition.
Regards,
Peter

Hi Akif

Another amazing raptor shot from you. Excellent composition, amazing sharpness and details, that is a fantastic lens you have, I am jealous!!. Great work.

Chris

A lovely shot, Akif.
I love the timing here.
Bravo!
Goldy

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2009-08-16 5:08]

Wow... this is a just fantastic photo! The composition is perfect to show the force and the speed and I love the subtle colours in it. Prefect technique here. Mmmm

Regards/Bengt

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