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Long legged Buzzard

Long legged Buzzard
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Copyright: cahit agcal (cako) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-24 11:56
Viewed: 4421
Points: 40
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Long legged Buzzard ( Buteo rufinus ) TR : Kızıl Şahin
The Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus) prefers the dry open plains of Turkey, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary and feeds mostly on small rodents, although it will also take lizards, snakes, small birds and large insects.

It is similar in appearance to the Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus), but larger in size (approximate length 60-65cm / 24") and more robust. There are many different colour forms, but usually Long-leggeds have clear orange tint to plumage, red or orange tail, pale head and largely white underwings. There is usually a distinctive black carpal patch and dark trailing edge to wing. Rump and trousers are often dark or deep rufous. Plumage varies from ghostly pale individuals to very dark birds. Some plumages are almost similar to those of the Steppe Buzzard, the Eastern subspecies of the Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus), but Long-legged Buzzards have longer wings and are more like Rough-Legged buzzards or even a small Aquila eagle.
Kızıl şahin (Buteo rufinus), atmacagiller (Accipitridae) familyasından 50-60 cm boyunda, 120-150 cm kanat açıklığında bir kuş türü.

Özellikler [değiştir]Orta boylu ve geniş kanatlı bir yırtıcıdır. Kanat teleklerindeki siyah çerçeve ve kızıl rengiyle kolayca tanınır. Alacalı, açık renkleri, uçarken veya tüneme halinde rahatça ayırt edilebilir. Bu kadar sık görülmesinin nedeni ise avladığı hayvanların çok çeşitlilik göstermesi, (sürüngenler, küçük ve orta boydaki kuşlar, ufak memeliler ve tavşan) ve kendisi ile rekabet edecek başka yırtıcıların (kartal gibi) azlığıdır.


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Hi Cahit,

Awsome in-flight shot
Excellen light, colors, POV and sharpness
Perfect blue BG and a lovely diaganal compo

TFS Thijs

Merhaba cahit,
great shot of this beautiful incoming Buzzard with good lighting over it!
good sharpness, nice colour and details
well done

Hi Cahit,
This is an impressive perspective of a beautiful and majestic bird. In-flight shots are not easy to do and you managed very well with nice strong colors, excellent composition and beautiful details on the bird. Maybe that the picture could have been sharpened a little bit more. Greetings,

Salam Cahit,

A really great shot of this long legged Buzzard while he/she is in flight. Nice colors & sharpness. TFS.



A fine in-flight capture of a magnificent buzzard specimen in beautiful form and good plumage details Cahit, the perfect diagonal composition is a bonus. TFS and cheers,

Selam Cahit Bey, diyagonal kompozisyon, alttab bakış açısı, cenlı renkler, detaylar ve keskjinlik ile son derece nefis bir kızıl şahin çekimi. Elinize sağlık.

Not: sorunuza yanıtı ilgili karede yazdım:)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-24 14:35]

merhaba cahit bey
güzel türümüze başarılı bir uçar çekimi
bakış açısı, ışık, renkler ve detaylar başarılı
elinize sağlık

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-24 14:53]

Hi Cahit,

A nice inflight capture of this buzzard,contrasts great against the blue BG,tfs


The perfect angle and focus on the eye.
I really like these shots the best.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-24 22:05]

Hello Cahit,
An excellent in-flight of a Long-legged Buzzard taken with good sharpness and from a great POV. The lighting and composition against the blue sky are wonderful.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty,

Merhaba Cahit,
Stunning capture of this imposing bird.
It's very good the almost frontal pose, nice lighting on the head and full extension of its wings.
A beautiful composition made with this action shot.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-25 0:30]

Hello Cahit,
Wonderful photo with a fantastic composition. Good sharpness and beautiful colours. Maybe a bit more contrast is possible.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-25 3:01]

Hello Cahit,

There is a nice image with this beautifull bird flying. I like the light falling on bird's head and especialy the eye with it's nice colors. There is a fine contrast betweeen bird's plumage and the sky.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-25 8:12]

Hi Cahit,

A wonderful in-flight shot of this buzzard. I am amazed at how clear the face is. The eye and beak are wonderful. You captured him in a marvelous position with the wings spread so nicely. Colors and details are excellent. I love the diagonal composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-25 10:04]

Hi Cahit. A very good inflight shot of this beautiful bird. Great timing to get this on over head. Good detail and colours. wel ldone TFS.

Hi Cahit

Excellent in-flight shot of this buzzard
Great composition and sharpness


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-27 2:55]

Merhaba Cahit,
Çok güzel bir kızıl şahin fotosu. Renler ve detaylar enfes.
Eline sağlık.


Merhaba Cihat abi,
Her ne kadar fotoğrafa sığmayacak ebatlardaysa da gözlerindeki netliği yakalamışsınız ellerinize sağlık.

elinize sağlık güzel bir çalışma

Excellently composed and captured. I notice you have many interesting birds-in-flight images, which I find very difficult to accomplish.

In the U.S. our buzzards or vultures have no feathers around their heads to permit digging and tearing into the flesh of dead animals. So this guy surpised me as being in the buzzard family. (Yesterday you noticed this with my photo of the California Condor a member and the largest of the vulture family.)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-02 20:53]

Merhaba Cahit,
first of all thanks for visiting my post. Next my salutation for a cardiologist who managed his time very well to present beautiful captures of the nature world. Congratulations.
This shot is so classical, it makes me think of the "Winston" . Sorry for citing , not good for the heart.
Classical diagonal presentation and superbs clarity in brilliant colours and you have exploited the light very well .
Real pleasant and very impressive shot.


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