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Turdus torquatus - Bogmakli Ardic

Turdus torquatus - Bogmakli Ardic
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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: 2010-08-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the Middle East -III- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-14 15:39
Viewed: 4828
Points: 36
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Hello my friends,
My theme return again to the birds after two insect posts. Today, photographic quality may be not enough but this is a rare bird on TN. I found only one of previous posts. So, this must be second.

Turdus torquatus - Boğmaklı Ardıç [TR], Ring Ouzel [EN] is my fifth species of the genus Turdus, which is represented by seven species in Turkiye.
I have already posted shots for four of these:
... - Turdus merula - Karatavuk [TR], Blackbird [EN],
... - Turdus iliacus - Kızıl Ardıç [TR], Redwing [EN],
... - Turdus viscivorus - Ökse Ardıcı [TR], Mistle Thursh [EN],
... - Turdus pilaris - Tarla Ardıcı [TR], Fieldfare [EN] (with WS I & WS II).

Morphologic features: Turdus torquatus is also known as "Kolyeli Ardıç" similar its Latin name ("torque"= kolye (neck ring)]. It has a lenght of 23-24cm. The adult male resembles to T. merula and they are all black except for a white crescent on the breast and a yellowish bill. The wings have a silvery appearance due to white feather edgings. The female is similar but duller, and younger birds often lack the breast crescent. The juvenile has brown plumage.
Distribution: T. torquatus ranges in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa. It breeds in the higher regions of western and central Europe and also in the Caucasus. Most populations are migratory, wintering in the Mediterranean region.
Habitat: It is the mountain equivalent of the closely-related T. merula, and breeds in gullies, rocky areas or scree slopes.
Biology: T. torquatus is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, rodents, lizards and berries. It nests in bushes or amongst rocks, laying several pale blue eggs, mottled with brown, in a neat cup-shaped nest.
It is territorial and normally seen alone or in pairs, although loose flocks may form on migration. When not breeding, several birds may also be loosely associated in good feeding areas, such as a fruiting tree, often with other thrushes.
Sound: The male sings its loud and mournful song from trees or rocks.

The shot was taken from a distance of 50-60m on the slope of Aladağ Mts which is a highest part of the Taurus. It was late and about one hour ago the dusk. Last light of sun can be seen on the bird. Thanks for your visiting and comments.

Karasu, H., 2010
: 11860 / Boğmaklı ardıç / Ring ouzel / Turdus torquatus, Türkiye'nin Anonim Kuşları "TRAKUŞ" [visiting on September, 14th, 2010].
WIKIPEDIA, 2010: Ring_Ouzel [visiting on September, 15th, 2010].

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A lovely crisp, sharp and well saturated shot of this beautiful bird, my friend Ahmet!
Very well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-14 23:07]

Hi, dear friend.
You managed to catch this nice bird at a very attractive moment, wingspread and direct of light. Exposure and timing are really perfect. Despite the far distance and open aperture value image of the bird is not crisp sharp but it is not a point at all. My warm greetings and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-15 0:50]

Hello Ahmet,
Nice photo of this Ring Ouzel in flight. Pity I can't see the ring. Warm colours and a very good composition. Great timing.

Selam Ahmet,
A nice capture of this beautiful Ring Ouzel bird in flight action. Good sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-15 2:17]

Hi Ahmet,what a timing.This wings position is wonderfull! And what a excellent sharpness too,wasn't easy! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-09-15 3:47]

Ne cok fotografini kacirmisim kisacik arada. Bu da en guzel ve nadirlerinden biri bence. Bogmaklinin ucari kolay kolay gorulebilecek bir fotograf degil. Ellerine saglik abi. Gorusmek uzere, selamlar.

Ciao Ahmet, great capture of wonderful bird in splendid fly, good focus, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Merhaba Ahmet,
a good capture in-flight of this not common bird, marvellous natural colours in a simple and perfect composition.
Best regards

Hola Ahmet

Bonita parada de imagen de esta ave. Algo dificil de capturar por este sol que te incide y deja nublado al animal. Buena toma.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent inflight photo with natural colours, good details and focus. Well done!

Hello Ahmet
Beautiful photo, excellent sharpness and contrast,
very beautiful colors and great POV
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Çok güzel bir kare olmuş hocam,
elinize sağlık.
En güzel dileklerimle,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-09-16 16:14]

Hi Ahmet,

It is wonderful to see this rare bird even if the photography does not meet your high standards. You captured him at the perfect time with his wings raised above his body. It's a beautiful position and a lovely in-flight shot. The browns and tans are wonderful and I love the details of the wing tips. Nice composition and a wonderful blue sky background.


Hi Ahmet bey,
Very nice capture.TFS
Kendi açıklamalarınızda da yazdığınız gibi öncelikle nadir türleri kayıt altına almalı estetik değerler ikinci planda olmalı.Uçar çekmenin çok kolay bir iş olmadığını herkes bilir
Sevgi ve dostlukla kalınız.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-18 14:54]
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İyi geceler Ahmet Hocam,
ördüğüm kadarı ile uçar serisine burada da devam ediyorsunuz.600mm ilr hayli zor bir iş.Detaylar,canlı gözler ve sade fon mükemmel olmuş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-24 9:46]

Iyi aksamlar Ahmet,
A nice in-flight capture of what must be a dark juvenile T. torquatus. The lateral POV against a clear sky was well taken with good clarity and fine colours.
This species nest in our mountains but I have only photographed it at a distance.
Tesekkürler dostum,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-25 23:39]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,
this is a nice shot of the flying bird. Simple but effective shot. The beauty is so special especial the fan like flapping wings. such a sharp and detailed work done in expert.
The softness blue sky is always attractive in giving this shot a lively presentation.


Merhaba Ahmet hocam,

Nadir bir türe ait uçar vaziyette güzel bir çekim olmuş.
Gün ışığı renk detaylarını güzelce belli etmiş.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

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