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Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 3), Birds of Prey- RAPTORS (III) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 9:24
Viewed: 8234
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Long-legged Buzzard
Buteo rufinus
Tr: Kizil Sahin

The Long-legged Buzzard prefers the dry open plains of Turkey, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria 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.

Open, uncultivated areas, with high bushes, trees, cliffs or hillocks are favoured as nesting areas. Younger birds disperse north of breeding grounds and there are records from Northern Europe.
(Source: Bird Life International and Bird Guides)

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  • Great 
  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-17 9:27]

What a marvellous capture, Selene!
Those wings are outstanding and you made an excellent shot with a great composition.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Selen
great action shot with very nice bg
only nit the buzzard looks away from teh photographer but still great

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-17 9:36]

Hi Selen. What a good shot of the buzzard landing . You have captured fine detail i nthe feathers with natural colours. your timing was spot on. well done TFS. good notes too,

Hi Selen,
Outstanding in flight capture!
I like very much the frozen action got here.
The 1/2000 speed really worked great.
It's so enjoyable the warm light and proper focus got on the moving subject.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Selen,
great action shot with perfect sharpness and a nice composition.
I like the colors very much

TFS Tatjana

Hello Selen,

Very nice shot. Good focus on the buzzard and very nice colours.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-17 10:10]

Hello Selen,
Beautiful action in this in-flight shot of a Long-legged Buzzard.
Fine lighting, colours and sharpness and a superb composition against a natural OOF BG.
Well done and thanks,
Enjoy your weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-17 10:13]

Hello Selen,
Lovely in-flight capture of this Buzzard. Great focus and sharp details. The light and the colours are beautiful too. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-17 10:14]
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I can see why it's called the Long-Legged Buzzard!
Look at them! Perfect grabbing tools.
This is an awesome action shot of this magnificent bird.
The wings do look like they have fire flickering on them!
Superb sharpness and detail.
I see you use the Canon EF 100-400mm IS lens... I am seriously considering buying one with a new camera... almost definately the Canon 40D. Would you recommend this lens.
Seeing this photo it makes me want it even more :)

Exceptional capture Selen.
Well done,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-17 10:21]

Hola Selen. Muy bella foto. Exelente momento logrado gracias a tu habilidad. Muy hermosa. Felicidades.

Merhaba my dearest friend Selen!
great shot of this beautiful Buzzard in flight!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
the clarity on the wings is superb!
well done
best wishes always

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-11-17 11:00]

Hola amiga.
Un fantástico disparo.
Buena captura.
Saludos, Sira.

Wow - a wonderful moment, Selen,
we can see every detail of the wings - that's beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Selen,
A great frozen action moment with such good details and exposure. I am sure that you knew you had a winner when you captured this photo. I love how the claws are stretched one way and the wings the other way.

Hello Selen , excellent capture ( is it hunting or landing ? ) of this elegant raptor . TFS and good luck and light ...

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-17 14:08]

Hi Selen, you did capture this bird at a special moment, well done. The colours, the exposure, the sharpness, they all contribute to give this photo movement and grace. TFS,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-17 14:57]

Hello Selen,
Outstanding in flight capture, with sharp focus, great lighting and wonderful composition. Great action captured superbly, thanks Selen.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2007-11-17 15:33]

Hi Selen
Wonderful inflight capture
Great moment and timing
Excellent sharpness,detail and warm soft color
tfs jon

wouaw Selen, just in time shot !!!!
splendi colors and great focus on this capture, I like the pose of buzard

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-17 18:55]

Hello Selen
Beautiful in flight capture.Excellent POV and sharp image.Details and colors are also very good.I really like the pose you had capture your subject in.
TFS Michel

Excellent timing - great action shot indeed. Wonderful detail and clarity...
Well done...

This is quite an action shot with legs and wings at full extension. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

A brilliant capture, nice form, excellent detail!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-18 2:10]

Hello Selen,
Fantastic timing, focus and composition with a perfect sharpness. Amazing details. Great DOF and wonderful warm colours.

Tebrikler Selen.

Hello Selen
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Long-legged Buzzard in flight,
Perfect focusing,DOF and composition,
Superb shot,my friend.


Hi Selen,
superb action shot, outstanding details of plumage and great natural colors, I like the position of the wings and of all the bird,
very very well done

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-18 3:10]

Hi Selen, a super action shot, caught at just the right moment. The Buzzard is very sharp with great detail. The wings are wonderful. Great exposure, light and colours. Super composition.

bonjour selen
félicitations pour cette photo de bonne qualité, bien vu cet oiseau a l'atterisage, jolies couleurs nettes et bon bg
merci a toi, bon dimanche

Hi Selen,
Excellent portrait of this ong-legged Buzzard in action.
Great POV, colors and sharpness.
Well done.
Cheers from Hong Kong

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-18 5:45]

Hi Selen,
Nice catch , nice composition & colours.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-18 6:01]

Hi Selen,
Wow.....amazing moment freezed. You have made it look so easy but I bet it isn't true. Great natural lighting and BG perfectly lets the Buzzard stand out. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Excellent inflight action capture Selen, a wonderful pose. Very nice colors, exposure, DOF, and sharp details :)
Very well done!

Bonjour Selen
Superbe prise de cette buse, magnifique couleurs et netteté, très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

great capture, TFS and greetings Ori

Fabulosa llama parda.
Hermosa presentación y un título bastante original.
Buen momento.
Saludos cordiales, JL.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-18 8:47]

Hi Selen

Just a quick one today.
A fantasticly sharp captue of this impressive buzzard with an excellent timing - catching it in a full extention of his wings.
Spot-on DOF and exposure that also gives you a awesome set of colors.
Wonderful composition, as well!

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)
  • [2007-11-18 9:34]

Hi Selen.
I do not envy the future victim of this amazing bird. What a perfect action shot. What an expressiveness. What a skillfulness of the reflection of the scene. Bravo, dear Selen. My congratulations. Timing is outstanding as well as the sharpness, POV and DOF. Super.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-18 10:05]

selam selen
klasik bir yirtici fotografinin otesinde aksiyonu olan cok hos bir dinamik kompozisyon yakalamissin
bakis acisi, isik, renkler, netlik ve detaylar harika
eline saglik

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-18 10:29]

Hello Selen, I'm jealous ! :-) You did another great shot with that Buzzard, so clear and sharp. Great light and perfect exposure. You took it right at the best moment ! Well done, thanks.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-18 15:22]

Hello Selen

Wonderful action shot!
The moment is captured superbly.
The plumage detail is excellent,and the colours and details are fantastic.
The shot is well composed,you have frozen the action but not the feeling of motion.
Great job.


tebrikler Selen hanım,
akif beyin deyimiyle "milli kuşumuzu" çok güzel bir zamanlamayla yakalamışsınız. netlik, renkler, açı hepsi çok güzel. elinize sağlık, selamlar.

Hello Selen , excellent capture just stunning, great composition. Love the frozen action and the detail in the wings is superb, Congrats Rick

Hi Selen.
You take the type of photos I like so many times.
I know how hard it is trying to follow one of these around in a field is, so I compliment you on the good focus for this one.The wing stoppage is something I like seeing, and you achieved it well.
TFS, and have a nice week in front of you.

Hi Selen

Great action shot, everything is pin sharp.
Great composition too.


Hello Selen,
What a fantastic action shot you present here!
You've captured very nice moment of the scene.
Wonderful shot with excellent details and focusing here, with nice composition.
Also, lovely overall colouration and perfect POV.
Well presented and TFS,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-19 14:50]

Hi Selen,
Outstanding timing, sharpess, details and beatiful pose and colours.
TFS, José M.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-11-19 17:16]

Wow! Excellent capture, Selen! The colours are great and what a perfect sharpness! I think 'she' is going to take your signature out of the photo...

Hello Selen,
Excellent action capture!
Good freeze of the movement, pin sharp details even in the wing tips!
Great colours and the image is well composed...
Pablo -

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-26 13:23]

Hola Selen,
una bella imagen y 100 points :)
estupenda acción, foco brillante y definición...

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-11-26 13:55]

Great wings, great capture and pose of this very beautiful bird. Your exposure is spot on and composition very nice.

Hi Selene,

Have missed this shot. Absolutely stunning. razor sharp and great POV.
Well done

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  • eke1 Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 14] (112)
  • [2007-12-20 15:47]

Nefis bir ''O an'' Bayan Selen,
Tebrik ederim.

Hareketi çok güzel yakalamışşsın,kuşun netliği ve kanadındaki desenler harika çıkmış .ellerine saglık.

Nefis...ellerinize sağlık.

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