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Saxicola torquata - Taskusu (Stonechat)

Saxicola torquata - Taskusu (Stonechat)
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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: 2007-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 80-89 Points I, Dedications at TrekNature Part Two, BIRDS of CYPRUS, Birds of the Middle East -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-09 17:04
Viewed: 6930
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In Eastern Mediterranean Basin, the genus Saxicola Bechstein, 1802 is represented by three species.
Saxicola maura (Pallas, 1773) – Sibirya Taşkuşu [TR], Siberian Stonechat or Asian Stonechat [EN],
Saxicola rubetra (Linnaeus, 1758) – Çayır Taşkuşu [TR], Whinchat [EN],
Saxicola torquata (Linnaeus, 1766) – Taşkuşu [TR], Stonechat [EN].
Last species, S. torquata, is divided into several subspecies. According to recent studies, based on DNA analysis, S. torquata rubicola is shown as a separate species. In that case, S. torquata is called “Afrika Taşkuşu [in TR], “African Stonechat [EN]” and S. rubicola (Linnaeus, 1766) is named as Taşkuşu or Avrupa Taşkuşu [TR], Stonechat or European Stonechat [EN]. If so, our bird belongs to S. rubicola's male. Females have lighter and dull colors, relatively.

The photograph was taken near Kalavaç Village of Lefkoşa (K.K.T.C. = T.R.N.C.) in southern slopes of the Beşparmak Mountains in a sunny nice day. There were several stonechat there and they played together, flying from tree to another tree. Biotop has very kind of busy and olive trees. In same place I observed also two endemic species to Cyprus, Sylvia melanothorax – Kıbrıs Ötleğeni [TR], Cyprus Warbler [EN] and Oenanthe cypriaca – Kıbrıs Kuyrukkakanı [TR], Cyprus Wheatear [EN].

Dedicated to Claudine with my best wishes.

gracious, Pentaxfriend, Mariol, tiklod, LordPotty, SelenE, undoredo, vanderschelden, uleko, nglen, Argus, izler, marhowie, Alex99, Necipp, Evelynn, nirmalroberts, Adanac, oscarromulus, peter_stoeckl, star74, hester, zulfu has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To yasemin: teşekkürrousettus 1 07-14 13:11
To krall: teşekkürrousettus 1 11-23 13:31
To Necipp: tesekkurlerrousettus 1 11-12 12:17
To Mariol: thanksrousettus 1 11-09 20:02
To claudine: thanksrousettus 1 11-09 17:45
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Hello Ahmet,
This is such a beautiful capture and I'm really honored that you dedicated to me... :) I like this composition very much, excellent details, exposure, colors, and background. I wish we have those lovely birds here as well. Thanks again and have a nice weekend!

Merhaba friend Ahmet,
It's nice to see your posting from Turkey!
very good pose of this beautiful bird in superb DOF!
You had all the quality of sharpness, vivid colour and details
well done and TFS
have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
all the best

Hi Ahmet,

What a lovely shot of this beautiful bird
Sharpness, details, colours, POV and DOF are SUPERB
i like your compo as well
btw beautifull dedication

TFS Thijs

Hi Ahmet,
As usual you are posting a very interesting bird and a high quality picture. TFS
P.S. Thanks for WS
Regards, Mario

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-10 1:05]

Hello Ahmet,
Excellent photo of this Stonechat. Wonderful pose. Very good sharpness and details. Great composition, POV and DOF. Beautiful soft colours in the BG.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-10 1:37]

Hello Ahmet!
Fantastic picture! Excellent colors and plumage sharpness!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-10 1:38]

Hello Ahmet,

What a great capture with great colors and beautiflly blured background
Nice pose and sharpness

Çok çok kaliteli bir fotoğraf. Her şeyi yerli yerinde. Süper netlik, çok uyumlu ve güzel bir arka plan, uygun bir bakış açısı ve güzel bir kompozisyon. Eline sağlık.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-10 4:09]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Cok guzel fotograf. Elinize saglik

Hello Ahmet!
This picture is very well done. GREAT DETAILS AND SHARPNESS on this fantastic little bird. Beautiful colours and Perfect DOF with lovely BG!
Best regards,


Hello Ahmet,
What a wonderful shot of this little fella, with excellent details and very nice composition & POV!
Personally, I love this lovely overall colouration very much.
Also, well presented and nice framing as well!
TFS and regards,

Hello Ahmet,
..and congrats on your success. Like your overall brownish colouration and the great light in your image.
Well perched, very subtle. Great pose. Beautiful bird.
Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-11-10 7:20]

Hello Ahmet,
Beautiful capture of the Stonechat in a fine pose. Interesting to see how he is balancing on these thorns. Very sharp and fine natural colours. I love the colour of the background that fits perfectly too. An excellent composition.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-10 7:34]

Hello Ahmet,
this is a beautiful portrait ofthis Stonechat.
+++ The sharpness is top-class and the amount of detail is amazing!
Very well composed and a good POV.
Nice colours.
I love the criss-crossed BG.
--- Nothing at all.
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-10 10:32]

Hi Ahmet. sorry i missed this one yesterday. Its a beauty. the detail and colour is spot on. good use of the light and a nice POV/DOF. good notes too,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-10 11:35]

Hello Ahmet

I like how this little fellow stands right out.Very good POV and DOF.
The lighting is excellent and the warm colours are very beautiful.
Nicely composed in the frame.
The focus is sharp and the eye contact is well captured with a nice glint.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-11-10 12:12]

Hi Ahmet,
This is a very nice dedication to Claudine.
Great capture with a good composition and pov.
Very good focus and sharpness and I love the brown colours.
Well done
TFS Paula

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-11-10 13:01]

Hello Ahmet,
I superb capture of a male Stone chat from a fine frontal POV. Excellent sharpness, colours and composition, as well as a pleasing neutral BG.
Judging by the wide white collar, this looks like the sp (or ssp) maura.
Thanks for sharing this fine shot,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-10 13:33]

selam ahmet
bu sevimli ve guzel taskusunu iyi bir sekilde kadrajlamissin. tur ve pozu guzel...
kompozisyonu, bakis acisini, flu arka plani, renklerini, detaylarini ve bilgi notunu begendim

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-11-11 14:09]

Excellent catch. Very detailed and crisp, along with natural colors. Interesting pose as well. Cheers, Klaus

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-11 20:16]

Hello my friend,
Awesome capture, he's so beautiful the colors
and details are perfect as for the POV
the bg is very appropriate too. Very well done


tüy detayları bile belirgin bir fotoğraf...
oldukça başarılı bir kare sunmuşsunuz
ellerinize sağlık Ahmet hocam

Hi Ahmet,
Excellent quality image.
Nice & sharp with very good color, exposure, and fine detail. I like the frontal POV and pose here as well..Great catchlight in that eye too :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-12 9:22]

Hi Ahmet.
I love your tremendous picture of great quality and beautifulness of the pictured subject. Composition of the shot is amazing. The image of the bird is brilliant. I also like fantastic BG. Bravo and best regards.
P.S. Thanks for kindness and visiting.

Merhaba Ahmet kalite super, cok net ve canli, poz cok guzel tebrikler selamlar Necip.

Fabulosos detalles y geniales colores.
Buen bg y acertado encuadre, un saludo, JL.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-13 13:52]

selam ahmet ; arka planla birikte cok hos bir kus pozlamissin yavru vatandan cok hos bir kare tebrikler

hello ahment,
what a lovely post, liked the frontal pov and the pose very much, well composed shot, nice sharpness, claudine must be pleased to see this beautiful dedication,
well done,
tfs & regards

What an interesting pose you captured here. I like the sharpness and simplicity of the image. The framing is very effective.

Evelynn : )

Hi Ahmet,
A beautiful capture of this lovely bird. Very nicely composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ahmet,
Looks like the bird has posed for you. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-14 18:42]

Hello Ahmet,
Wow, amazing plummage details in this well composed image with excellent camera work, thanks for sharing.

great sharpness, and great composition, TFS Ori

Great note.
Excellent clarity & focusing.
A lot of well defined details of the bird are registered.
Well done.
Mario with warm greetings from COLD Canada.

Dear Ahmet,
this is a wonderful presentation, perfect in sharpness, pose, light composition. An expert's contribution with great aesthetical appeal. Thank you!
With best regards,

Merhaba Ahmet Bey
Kıbrıs bir hayli verimli anlaşılan
Yine başarılı estetik bir sunum

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-19 9:30]

Hi Ahmet

Perfect shot, I love the POV, the light, sharpness and the DOF. He looks great perched on top of the plant



slm hocam
çok güzel bir çekim olmuş parlaklı ve netlik harika tam anlamıyla mükembel olmuş ellerine sağlık

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-11-23 5:21]
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Arka fonu ile mukemmel uyum içinde tebrik ederim Ahmet abi.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-23 6:12]

Hello Ahmet ! Very fine bird shot ! The pose, sharpness and background are outstanding ! The exposure is perfect and the colors are natural and perfectly saturated. Godd job ! Thaks,


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-01-25 0:26]

Merhaba hocam çok güzel bir çekim. Renkler harika,detaylar çok net. Elinize sağlık

Hocam çok güzel resim. Elinize sağlık.

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  • elif Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 164 W: 0 N: 101] (466)
  • [2008-04-17 4:28]

hocam, tek kelimeyle harika olmuş...

Ahmet bey...Cok ilginc, guzel ve sevimli kus resimleri...Hele bunu Kibrista hic farketmemisim..Bu sefer gidince iyice arastiracam belki yakindan gorurum...Resim durusu, rengi, mukemmel ve guzel cerceve yapilmis...Ellerinize saglik, Selamlar, Leyla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-30 7:00]

Salam Ahmet,
a very attractive bird shot in a very stylish
Well taken in excellent clarity and sharpness. MY saltutation for those who shot birds, it is really difficult and very tough to produce a good one. But you did very very well.
Excellent piece of work.


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