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Lepus europaeus - Yabani Tavsan / Hare

Lepus europaeus - Yabani Tavsan / Hare
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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: 2008-08-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mammals in Turkiye & the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-30 18:17
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Hello my friends,
There are many shots from various animal groups in my files. But I prefer that different group, if possible. I posted a scorpion yesterday. Today, I will add a mammal. Lepus europaeus Pallas, 1778 - Yabani Tavşan [TR], European Hare or Brown Hare [EN] (LAGOMORPHA: LEPORIDAE) is one of the best known mammals in European countries and Turkiye.
Formerly (50 and more years ago), Lagomorphs were accepted from the order RODENTIA. Now, they form separeted order whit synonymy of DUPLICIDENTATA. Their incisor teeth order in two rows. Seconds are shorter and located just behind ones in first rows. Whereas rodents have incisors only in single row.
After this general information, I will write about the story of the photograph. For our (with Ferhat) Kars-Ardahan-Iğdır-Ağrı excursion, we drived to Sarıkamış at the first night. Sarıkamış District is located in west part of Kars Province and its nature is furnished by forests of Pinus sylvestris L. - Sarıçam [TR], Scots Pine [EN] in its most parts. Other areas are steppic. We can see these forests even above 2500 m a.s.l.
In my former trip to Sarıkamış, I can find some Caucasian bats in there. Although its high elevation and very cold climate (50 and more Celcius degrees under zero in winter), its fauna is very rich and most of Boreal (Euro-Siberian) Fauna elements are seen in Sarıkamış.
When we arrived to Sarıkamış, it was very late (near midnight). We didnt find any bats in this time. But we met several rodents (Meriones sp.), foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and hares along road among pine forests. One of them, the hare on photograph gave me several poses on asfalt of the road. I took them from car window by camera on hand, under car light. I didnt used external flash light. Later it started to run fastly in front of the car. I think it continued to run for two kilometres.
Another shot is presented as Workshop. I hope you like them.

I'd like to dedicate this very beautiful animal's shot for two good friends, Leyla Ahmet (yasemin) and Merih Göçmen (cypturk).

Best wishes

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Hi Ahmet,
Very nice capture of Brown Hare with good pose and composition, sharp details and good lighting. The colours on this individual are much more beautiful I have seen on the Hares in UK. Lighting has caused a slight problem with red eyes.

Hi Ahmet, what a cute rabit with nice detils. It is interesting to see red eye:). Great tribute to my sister Leyla and cousin Merih. I am sure that they will love this plesant dedication:).
All the best! Cheers,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-30 22:24]

Merhaba Ahmet,
A great night-time capture of a European Hare, caught in an excellent pose on the road to show all the features sharply with use of flash. The red-eye is quite acceptable IMHO and it is interesting to see a frontal view in the WS.
Informative note: I had no idea is occurs in the mountains of E. Turkey.
Thanks for sharing this beauty that is a fine dedication to Bayram's sister and cousin.
Best wishes,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-30 23:36]

Hi Ahmet

Great notes as usual and excellent shot of this Hare. I see lots of hares in the fields near me. My granfather taught me a trick - if you wet your lips and nearly close them, then suck air into your mouth so it makes sort of a squeaking noise, the hares come close to you.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-08-30 23:38]

Selam Ahmet hocam,
Arazide Fatihle çok görmemize rağmen bir türlü
Sana güzel poz vermiş..netlik ve detaylar süper..
Ellerine sağlık.

merhaba Ahmet bey,
çok ürkek olmalarına rağmen güzel bir belge.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-31 1:13]

Hello Ahmet,

Very nice picture of this Brown Hare. Very good light and sharpness. Very beautiful colours.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-08-31 2:32]

Ahmet hocam nefis bir sevimli yabani tavşan çekimi ve Leyla abla ile Merihe de güzel bir hediye. Elinize sağlık.

Dr merhaba,
Ne güzel yakalamışsın bu tavşanı. Araba ışığında mı çektin, flaşla mı çektin ışığı da gayet iyi olmuş. Nettlik süer. Eline sağlık. Selamlar

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-31 4:59]

merhaba hocam
güzel tür nefis bir çekim
bakış açısı, ışığı, renkleri ve netliği nefis olmuş
eline sağlık

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-31 7:16]

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent night-time capture of the European Hare showing its long ears and colours very sharply. I'm glad you didn't run into it which we did once on the way to the airport. It smashed our headlights and we had a real shock. Never mind the car but it is awful to kill an animal on the road.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-31 8:54]

Hello Ahmet, Nice shot and you could have removed the red eye from the shot. But neverthless nice view and good focus. Ganesh

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-31 9:46]

Hi Ahmet,

What a great looking Hare. I have never seen one with red eyes like this! I love the pose - I think he wants to shake hands with you. The ears, face and body are wonderful with excellent colors and details. A nice dedication to Leyla and Merih.


Ben bu türü bir Kartalın pençesinde daha çok severim :)
Şaka şaka :)
İyi yakalamışsın Ahmet , eline sağlık .

Merhaba Ahmet hocam. Çok güzel ve sevimli bir tavşan karesi. Detaylar ve ışık çok güzel. Ayrıca Leyla hanım ve Merih için de güzel bir hediye olmuş. Elinize sağlık.

Salam Ahmet. The hare looks good in unique pose. I guess the flash caused the red eye as it is looking at you. Nicely framed in sharp detail. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hi Ahmet ve Merhaba
Thanks to lovely and kind dedication for us..It is a very kind of you...My computer give us trouble so sorry to write late...
I am sure merih will be like it too.
I like to pose and very clear detail on this cute Hare..
Information and composition excellent. Thanks again and all the best.
Kind regards,

Ahmet hocam güzel bir anı yakalamışsınız. Işık koşullarına rağmen güzel bir kare olmuş. Leylka hanım ve Merihin beğeneceğinden eminim.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-31 13:16]
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Hello Ahmet,
very nice photo of a Hare!
Very sharp for f/250.
Superb DOF and composition.

Well done!


p.s how much of an improvement is the 40D compared to the 400D? I'm very interested in buying a 40D to upgrade my present camera.

Ahmet bey bu nazik jestiniz icin cok tesekkurler. Cok guzel goruntulemissiniz. Elinize saglik. Londra'dan selamlar. Merih

Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
many thanks for this wonderful shot on the Brown Hare at night!
the red eye really steal the show in this image!
good sharpness, nice colour and details
well done
take good care and my warmest heart greeting

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-01 1:24]

Merhaba Ahmet,
Yaban hayatının gece koşullarında bu derece ayrıntılarıyle sunmak hiç kolay olmasa gerek. Oldukça başarılı sunulmuş bu yaban tavşanı karesi için tebriklerimi sunarım.
Eline sağlık.

Hello Ahmet,

Nice capture of this brown hare in the dark. Excellent composition with a beautiful pose of the animal. Good sharpness. Nice colours too.

Hi Amhet,
Nice to see you! This animal is a real beauty! I always liked hares; they are aerodynamic with their long legs :)! They are not easy to photograph by being very shy and fast. You were lucky to capture this nice shot. Hares are like Squirrels, when using flash, their eyes turn red :) Details and black background are very nice. Greetings,

Hocam fotoğraflarınız tamam diyecek söz bulunamıyor ama altındaki açıklamalar daha da müthiş. Sayenizde birçok şey öğreniyoruz... teşekkürler...

niceportrait, try to fix the red eyes, TFS Ori

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