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Grus grus (Turna) for J. Parker

Grus grus (Turna) for J. Parker
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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: 2007-09-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like), Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-31 10:28
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Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I continue to introduce Turkish birds, whatever I can do. Actually, I planned to upload that of Vanellus spinosus (=Haplopterus spinosus) from Cyprus, but I changed my plan after James Paker (jamesp)’s post. He sent great shots of four species of cranes (1, 2, 3*, 4*) which two of them were firstly posted on TN nowadays. Cranes are 15 species from 4 genera all over the world and most of them are endangered [shots of 13 crane species are collaged the Theme: Gruiformes]. For this reason, I post photograph of a pair of parents with a young of another crane species, Grus grus Linnaeus, 1758 – Turna [TR], Crane [EN], writing about the order Gruiformes. Our group (Mustafa Sözen (spalaxtr), his two assistants and me) heard their sound just before dusk one days ago. In the morning of second day, we didn’t have enough time due to our scientific studies, but I claimed and we drove to near cite of cranes. Mustafa and me took their several photographs quickly, when they fed on grassland around the Lake Hafik (Sivas Prov.). Already they went away fast, flying after they observed us.
Although the birds are more careful and escape quickly in many places, since hunters are very common; ones in Hafik have more chances and farmers don’t disturb them as I mentioned previously.

Order: GRUIFORMES – Turnamsılar (Crane-like): sometimes (formerly) is called as Ralliformes. Current name of this order Gruiformes and is divided into two suborders: Ralli and Grui. This order is represented 14 species from its three families, listed below, in Turkiye. I posted photographs from two of these species previously (for see them click links on their scientific names).
Family 1: RALLIDAE – Suyelvesigiller, Saztavukları (Crakes and Rails)
*** Rallus aquaticus –Su Kılavuzu (Water Rail)
*** Porzana porzana –Benekli Suyelvesi (Spotted Crake)
*** Porzana parva –Bataklık Suyelvesi (Little Crake)
*** Porzana pusilla –Küçük Suyelvesi (Baillon's Crake)
*** Crex crex –Bıldırcınkılavuzu (Corncrake)
*** Gallinula chloropus –Sutavuğu, Saztavuğu (Moorhen)
*** Porphyrio porphyrio –Sazhorozu (Purple Gallinule)
*** Fulica atra –Sakarmeke (Coot)
Family 2: GRUIDAE – Turnagiller (Cranes)
*** Grus grus –Turna (Crane)
*** Grus leucogeranus –Ak Turna (Siberian Crane)
*** Anthropoides virgo –Telli Turna (Demoiselle Crane)
Family 3: OTIDAE – Toykuşugiller (Bustards)
*** Tetrax tetrax –Mezgeldek (Little Bustard)
*** Chlamydotis undulata –Yakalı Toy (Houbara Bustard)
*** Otis tarda –Toy (Great Bustard)

Finally, I’d like to dedicate this shot to dear friend James who made valuable contribution to introduce cranes, as I noted above.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To bahadir: teşekkürrousettus 6 02-01 13:21
To PeterZ: thanksrousettus 1 02-01 12:16
To izler: teşekkürrousettus 1 02-01 11:22
To HasanTer: arkaplan ve turnalarrousettus 2 02-01 08:44
To jusninasirun: thanks and cranesrousettus 1 02-01 07:34
To Argus: thanks and cranesrousettus 1 02-01 07:30
To HasanTer: zıtlık konusurousettus 1 02-01 07:00
To Jamesp: cranesrousettus 1 01-31 13:38
To spalaxtr: ne zaman?rousettus 1 01-31 13:09
To JoseMiguel: thanks and notesrousettus 1 01-31 11:06
To ralfsworld: thanks and notesrousettus 1 01-31 11:05
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Merhaba Dr.Ahmet!
Thank you for this wonderful image of Cranes in a family, how lovely and beautiful!
also many thanks for the informative notes regarding them!
good sharpness, true colour and details of the Cranes!
James will be much appreciate for that!

Hi Ahmet
Nice presentation and informative notes about this birds.
Well done and TFS

Merhaba Ahmet,
A very good capture of this g. grus group.
I like the way you caught them in its natural habitat, and the different poses of them let us appreciate how it looks like from different angles.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Selamlar Ahmet Hocam, harika bir Turna grubu. Herşey güzel. Elinize sağlık.

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  • matatur Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 245 N: 1626] (5312)
  • [2008-01-31 11:41]
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Sanki bir orman altı mesire yerinde gezinirler gibi, çok hoş bir kompozisyon olmuş Ahmet, doğal ortamlarında bu güzel kuşları gösteren çok net bir tablo, ellerine sağlık.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-31 11:42]
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Dear Ahmet

Thank you so much for the dedication - am very touched.
Believe it or not, this is one of the three species of crane I have not seen - the other two are the Hooping and Black necked.

Lovely composition and detail.

Thanks again

James :)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-31 11:46]

Hi Ahmet. i read your notes with much interest and say thanks for them. A very fine picture of the Cranes. Good detail and natural looking colours. a nice pose of the two with the young. a good POV. and a kind dedication to our friend James. well done TFS.

Hello Ahmet

Superb shot of these majestic cranes! My hats of to the overall content of the picture - excellent capture of habitat, which adds a beautiful color overall, the cranes themselves look perfect for light and colors.

Overall great shot!

TFS and Best

Ah Hafik Gölü Ah. Özledi o günleri Dr. Tekrarı ne zaman bunun?

beautiful composition, nice colours
all these details in 200 kb, great job :)

Neat shot of these cranes. I particularly like the positioning of the two on the right. TFS

Bu ideal kare, bir sanat fotoğrafı ise olağandışı.
Eğer bir belgesel kare ise yine çok güzel ama Turnaların farklı hareketlenmesi ile arkadaki bitkilerin fluluğu arasındaki zıtlığı anlayamadım. Spontane bir çekim değilse tekniğiniz nedir?
Sağlıklı günler dileklerimle.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-01 0:59]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Guzel tur ve guzel fotograf

Hello Dr. Ahmet!
Harika resim olmuş! Arka plan sanki sulu boya çalışması gibi. Önde Turnalar olağanüstü netlikte. Bunlar Telli mi? Elne sağlık.
PS. Salih sayemizde birşeye benzicek galiba:)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-01 3:08]

Hi Ahmet,
a very kind and thoughtful dedication to James!
This is a great image!
The POV is excellent.
Nice range of colours too.
Great notes.
Well done,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-01 7:19]
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Merhaba Ahmet,
Excellent capture of a Crane family, both the parents and the young one looking good in this composition. Nice sharpness, colours and natural BG, that looks interesting in itself with the chickory and other flowers.
You did well to get close enough to take such a fine shot.
Nice dedication to James who has introduced some fine Cranes species on TN.
Thank for sharing this one my friend,
Best wishes, Ivan

Sallam Ahmet,

Thanks for sharing with us these beautiful Turkish birds. You have been taking brilliant pictures of birds.

These are wonderful images of cranes very different than what we are having here. Very well captured in natural environment with contrasting background.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-01 8:14]

Hi Ahmet,

Wonderful picture of these two species of Cranes. It really is very beautiful with the lovely setting. Marvelous natural colors and good details of the three birds. A fantastic composition.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-01 8:36]

Çok güzel bir kompozisyon ve sunum olmuş Ahmet bey, tebrikler.

Merhaba Ahmet, super resim renkler canli, netlik guzel, Keskin detaylar tebrikler eline saglik selamlar Necip.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-01 10:52]
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merhaba dostum
gercekten nadir ve narin bu kuslarimizi oldukca iyi kadrajlamissin
kompozisyon, isik, renkler ve detaylari basarili bir calisma olmus
eline saglik

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-01 11:56]
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Hello Ahmet,
Wonderful photo of this Cranes in there natural environment. The BG is just like a painting. Very beautiful colours and good sharpness. Great composition.

Hello Ahmet,
I appreciate the natural setting, and the the varied species you always present mf. Very good color and exposed well with nice details..This is an excellent publication with a great note & links as well :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-02 4:02]

Hello Ahmet,
We get the Cranes flying over our house as they arrive here in spring from Spain - I can't wait to hear them! This is a beautiful capture of the Crane family. Excellent sharpness and colours. I notice that they have more brown in their plumage than when we see them here. Interesting to see the young one too. Excellent composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-02 11:34]

Hi Ahmet

Sorry for the big delay, but i had internet problems and i also left town today for a while :(

This is a very nice gesture from you to honor James and his lovely and very rare posting.
You shot here is also very beautiful and it shows this graceful cranes in their natural habitat. Very beautiful colors and contrast with the BG here. Nice work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-03 0:37]

Hi Ahmet.
I do not know what is the most beautiful – fine birds or superb scenery. Even only scenery would be amazing landscape picture. But with terrific wonderful trio birds picture becomes a true masterpiece. Bravo, my friend. It is one of the best wild bird picture.

Hi Ahmet, lovely trio, great composition with good light and colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a nice Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-04 13:22]

Merhaba Ahmet bey nefis bir kompozisyon olmuş bu güzelleri bir arada görmekte ayrı keyif tabii ellerinize sağlık.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-04 19:53]

Hello Ahmet, very nice composition, great moment too, thanks !


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-04 23:04]

Hi Ahmet, very good shot of these cranes with great colour and detail seen on the birds themselves, and though the background is very "busy" you have nicely separated the birds from this. Your note is incredible. Very detailed and well written. Very good presentation all around.

Thanks, John

Hi Ahmet,
A nice capture of these saurus cranes. A nice dedication for Mr. James. Excellent composition and fine details with good DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • savran (121)
  • [2008-02-05 4:23]

Ahmet turnaları çok güzel resimlemişin. Kompozisyon çok güzel. MAvi renkli çiçeklerde ek bir ayrınti katmış. Paylaşımın için teşekkürler.

slm hocam.
mukemmel bir kare olmuş arka plandaki ağaclar sanki bir tablo görünümü vermiş ve netlik hariko ancak bu kadar güzel bir çekim olur ellerine sağlık.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-05 18:37]

Hello Ahmet,
Outstanding composition showing us these beautiful cranes in their habitat. The camera work is superb all around, thank you Ahmet.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-06 19:30]

Hello Ahmet

A very well composed shot of these cranes.
The lighting is well handled.The colours are bright.
Very good detail and focus.
Great POV.


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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-02-07 3:08]

Turnayi gozunden vurmussun :)
En sevdigim kuslardan biri. Simdiye kadar sadece 1 kere gorebildim, o da ayagindan yaraliydi maalesef.
Eline saglik, selamlar.

nadir kuşumuzu güzel fotoğraflamışsınız. elinize kolunuza sağlık.

Ahmet Hocam merhaba,
ellerinize sağlık turnaları çok güzel çekmişiniz. Bildiğim kadarı ile 15 türü var ve bir türü ülkemizde mevcut. Detaylar ve renkler çok hoş olmuş. TFS.

Hello Ahmet!
WOW - this is my first reaction! This presentation is wonderful! Not only fantastic picture (we can see adult and "baby") but also great note! I really like the checklist and links to pictures of another species! This is very "complete" presentation! What can I say more? My best congratulation and... please show us more! :)
Best greetings,

nice craneas, we have 30000 of them wintering the Hula Valley in north Israel. TFS Ori

Türün Türkiyede nadir ve özel olmasıyla birlikte fotoğrafınızın da anasayfada yer alması eminim onur verici bir duygu :)
ellerinize sağlık hocam

Merhaba Ahmet Bey, bu nefis kompozisyon ve harika çekim için sizi kutlarım. Ellerinize ve emeğinize sağlık. Başarılı çalışmalarınızın devamını dilerim.

selamlar hocam,
nekadar narin ve güzel bir tür.
Elinize sağlık,
nefis bir çalışma olmuş.

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