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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5-, aquatic birds! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-29 1:47
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Hello TN friends
First of all thanks for the comments and nice words on my previous post.
I caught this Bittern while he was walking on frozen lake at Riva-Istanbul.
Thanks for looking..
Have a nice Sunday.

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Eurasian Bittern

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Botaurus
Species: B. stellaris
Binomial name
Botaurus stellaris
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Eurasian Bittern or Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae.

It is a large, chunky, brown bird, very similar to the American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosa. It is 69-81 cm (24"-34") in length, with a 100-130 cm wingspan.

It is declining in much of its temperate European and Asian range. It is resident in the milder west and south, but migrates south from areas where the water freezes in winter.

In the UK, the main areas are Lancashire and East Anglia with an estimated 44 breeding pairs. Europe as a whole is estimated at 20-44,000 males.

This bittern is usually well-hidden in Phragmites reedbeds. Usually solitary, it walks stealthily seeking fish, frogs, small mammals and insects. If it senses that it has been seen, it becomes motionless, with its bill pointed upward, causing it to blend into the reeds. It is most active at dawn and dusk.

Its folk names include "barrel-maker", "bog-bull", "bog hen", "bog-trotter", and "butterbump", mire drum, mostly refer to the mating call of the male, which is a deep fog-horn or bull-like boom, easily audible from a distance of 2 miles on a calm night. The Latin for bittern, Botaurus, also refers to the bull. The other part of its scientific name, stellata is the Latin for starry, in reference to its plumage.

Surveys of Eurasian Bitterns are carried out by noting the number of distinct male booms in a given area.

The Eurasian Bittern is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Besides the Eurasian race, Botaurus s. stellaris, another race, Botaurus s. capensis exists in southern Africa, which occurs sparingly in marshes of the east coast, the Okavango Delta and the upland foothills of the Drakensberg. The southern race suffered catastrophic decline during the 20th century due to wetland degradation, and unlike the northern race it is of highest conservation concern.

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Ömer bey gerçekten büyük ayaklı. Nefis çekmişsiniz. Emeğinize sağlık.
Kıbrıs'tan selamlar.

Hello Omer,
i am lucky, to day we are neighbours; a very beautiful picture of the Great Bittern taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness in its typical posture, marvellous natural colours, i like this pleasing composition with a splendid natural environment
Best regards

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-29 1:58]

Ömer bey, yine harika bir kuş çekimi. Zamanlamanız super.
Emeğinize sağlık. İyi bayramlar.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-11-29 1:59]

Hello Omer.

You are very lucky to het a shot from this bird, in Holland they are very rare.
Great shot walking over the ice with giving the impressian that it is very cold to his feet.
Thank you for sharing.

Gr. Hans

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-29 2:06]

Hello Omer,
What a marvelous photo! Mostly hidden in the reed, here openly walking on the ice. The colours are splendid, clear, warm in the plantation and Bittern, cold in the ice. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good low POV, DOF and composition.
I'm jealous!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-29 2:27]

Hello Omer
The best photo with bittern I ever seen. Wonderful natural colors, nice scene and excellent details

This bird is verry funny and yours capture is great.Congratulations.
Best regards and greetings.Alin.

Merhaba Omer!
very good the pose and the scene, you selected a very good title, great shot, the details and the colours with the environment exceptionally!
keep photographing! TFS

Merhaba Omer Bey.. merak ettim Turkcesi de koca ayakmi bu kusun? Gercekten ayaklari cok buyukmus...daha once gormedigim bilmedigim bir guzellik bu... tesekkurler paylastiginiz icin..
Bayraminizi kutluyorum.. Londra'dan selamlar..

Hello Omer,
Fantastic capture! The sharpness and colors are exceptionnal. This is a very natural shot. This bittern must be in trouble for fishing on a frozen lake... Congratulations,

ohhh...:) yine muhteşem bir hareket anı:) sanki özellikle kaldırmış kocaman ayaklarını gösteriyor. Koca ayağı (ablamın notunu ve cevabı okudum) uydurmuş olsan da bence cuk oturmuş:).
Muhteşem kalitede bir sunum olmuş dostum. Eline sağlık.
Keyifli pazarlar diliyorum.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-29 3:53]

Hello Omer.
Great shot, Nice colors and details. Well composed, too. I really like the contrast of the bird's colors against the background. Well done.Best regards Siggi

İzlemesi keyifli bir çekim olmuş Ömer Bey.
Ayaklar gerçekten kocamanmış:)
Elinize sağlık.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-29 5:01]

Hi Omer, dear friend.
What a nice pictured scene. What a great sharpness and details of the charming bird and its pose. It is true superb work of great photographer-hunter. As usual brilliant work of tele lens. Colours and lights are awesome and BG as well as scenery at whole are reproduced with skill. My congratulations and TFS. All the best to you.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-29 5:38]

Merhaba Ömer Dostum,
A fine winter shot of a Bittern walking on ice. Excellent technical qualities and composition.
The body position and leg action are great as it makes its way to the reeds over the ice. I wish i could take a shot like that here!
Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Omer,

Impressive details, exposure handled whith superior skills to archieve a good focus and awesome foreground bird.



Merhaba Omer,

An excellent capture of this Great Bittern with beautiful coloration, sharpness & details. Great POV, timing & BG. Very nicely taken & presented.

TFS & regards.


A fine low angle capture of this bittern Ömer, in typical wading stance within natural surroundings. Good job indeed!

hello Omer

this is a National Geographic magazine class photography, WOW !
a superb photo with very fine POV, DOF and framing,
superb focus great sharpness and details, i love to see
the little blur of the feet to show the movement of the feet,



Hello Omer,
Excellent details and wonderful colours.
Lovely composition with a superb environment.

Ciao Omer, splendid bird in great pose, perfect focus, excellent sharpness and fine details, good natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Merhaba Ömer bey, harika bir balaban fotosu. Poz ve doğal ortam harika görünüyor. Elinize sağlık.
İyi geceler.

zaten kamuflaj ustası, bir de sessizlik arıyor. yavaş yavaş adımlarla ya kaçıyor ya da ava hamle yapacak. zamanlama mükemmel, çekim müthiş güzel. açı, netlik, renkler ve ışık. yine usta işi bir kare. zevkle izliyorum. elinize sağlık, Ömer Bey. iyi geceler, selamlar.

Hi Omer
Wow, great capture of this Bittern in action. The colours, detail and lighting turned out just wonderful. He has a set of talons that mean business. Well done and great notes.
TFS Janice

Hello Omer,

so an very great shot from this shy bird.
Good pov and detail.
Fine natural colours.


Hello Omer,

This guy is probably not so happy for the ice, as it is difficult to get to the food..!
Excellent details in the plumage, and the pleasant light renders great colours...
A balanced composition, with good focus on the subject!

Pablo -

Ho Omer

Stunning shot of this great bittern walking on ice, an amzing shot. Exellent sharpness, details and composition.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-30 3:35]

Hello Omer,
On the frozen water the pose of the Bittern looks a little bit funny and the bird seems to move carefully, like most of women when the ground is frozen :-)Unfortunately we don't have so big feet.
Very vivid and interesting picture, like always very well presented.
Kind regards

Hello Omer
i love the pose of this bittern walking on the ice
you have taken it with fine details, wonderful lighting and superb colorations
lovely composition and yes , he have big feet
have a good night

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-01 4:55]

Hi Omer
I had miss that one.Beautiful capture.Excellent low POV.Sharp image with good detail.I also like the DOF and the natural pose of your subject.
TFS Michel

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-01 5:14]

Bunu tanıdım, bizim mahalleden :)) emeğine sağlık Ömer ağbi, çok güzel yakalamışsın.
Selamlar saygılar,

Hallo Omer
Absolutely outstanding photography!. I'll give my left hand's pinky to be able to photograph a beauty like this. The colours and details are unbelievable and portrays so well on the screen. I cannot find fault at all with this excellent photograph. I can only but sing my praises. Indeed a pleasant photograph with lots and lots of detail to appreciate. Thanks for sharing this lovely and elegant bird. The pose in which you have captured this Great Bittern reminds me of some scene from and old 007 James Bond movie. Don't really know why, but it does. Best regards.

What a GREAT image; you are a true ARTIST, my friend.
Looks like this fellow is "hunting"; wonder if it has to crack the ice cover to capture its prey??? TOUGH BEAK!!!
Superb position and colours. Love the detailed outlook.
Regards from Canada.

Poco que decir y mucho que observar: felicidades por este gran trabajo.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-10 12:51]

Hello Omer,
Love the intense look on this guys face as he begins his ever so slowly stalk for dinner. Super fine detail and gorgeous colors along with perfect exposure make this an exceptionally beautiful photo!!!

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  • Abyta Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 34] (130)
  • [2009-12-17 4:48]

Hello Omer,
Perfect shot, the colors are splendid, clear and warm, great sharpness and details of the beautiful bird.
Best regards,

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