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Botaurus stellaris in-flight

Botaurus stellaris in-flight
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Copyright: Mustafa Sozen (spalaxtr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 8 N: 1352] (5868)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L Ĝ77
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-17 1:38
Viewed: 6792
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Botaurus stellaris (TUR: Balaban, ENG: Bittern): Two days ago I uploaded one another frame of thhe same bird. Last week I went to Sazköy and take some bird photographs. I saw three bittern that time but could not take good photo. That is why I went tehere again yesterday and take this photo. I saw there 6 bittern.

"Currently there are currently about 20 pairs in England. Wintering birds swell this to 50-150 birds. The European population is estimated at 10,000-12,000 pairs. Russian population 10000-30000 Turkish population 30-500" From: birdguides.com

According to this information 6 individual from Sazköy is very important record. Because all Turkish population estimated as 50-500 individual.

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Hello Mustafa,

Beautiful picture of this bittern. Good composition and sharpness. Very nice light and good natural colours.

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  • betsie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 180 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-17 1:58]
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Good shot! This bird has the most beautifull "shawl" - Well done.

Hallo Mustafa
Incredible image. What a beautiful bird. It's feathers looks like a crocheted shawl. Lovely presentation. This is such a dignified bird, really impressive. I really like the feathers, the positive look in the eye and that remarkable paws. I am actually speechless. One tend to think you have seen all the beautiful birds, then another one arrives on the gallery and take your breath away like this one of yours. Like always this was a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing and well done.
Kind regards
ps. Your last line in your notes states: I hope you like. I don't like, I love.

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  • memo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 5] (108)
  • [2008-01-17 2:39]

yani böyle bir fotoğrafa ne denilebilir ki?? tebrikler,selamlar..

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-01-17 2:59]

Hello Mustafa,
it must be a deligth to have such an image in your gallery. Wonderful patterns on the wings. Remarkable estimation of the Turkish population. I would have axpected a much higher numer.
Best wishes,

Wow..., that shot you have done, Mustafa. Formidable capture with excellent POV and good colors.

her halükarda gölgede kanat detayı kapanacak sanırım...
diğer fotoğrafınız daha başarılı bence...
ellerinize sağlık Mustafa hocam

Hi Mustafa

Excellent rare capture of a bittern in flight. In fact I don't think I've seen a shot of a bittern in flight before. As you say they are a rare bird everywhere.
Great sharpness.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-17 4:42]

Hola Mustafa,
hermosa captura,
perefcto foco y pov,
buen trabajo,

Hi Mustafa.-
I have been looking at Your gallery, and all your photos are just beautiful. I love birds and as I can see You do too.
This photo is very sharp and well focus. Nice BG too.
Saludos My Friend

Hello Mustafa,
Very beautiful in flight image...
Good composition.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2008-01-17 8:15]

Nefis kanat üstü detayları ve pırıl pırıl bir uçan balaban fotoğrafı. Tebrikler Mustafa Bey.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-17 8:28]

Harika bir fotoğraf, elinize sağlık Mustafa bey.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-17 8:57]

Hi Mustafa,

An excellent inflight capture with good color and detail,you freezed the moment very well,tfs


Hi Mutafa,
a fine in-flight shot with good sharpness and exposure.
The bird is beautiful both in pattern and colours.
Well done.

Hi Mustafa,
Great catch in the air of this beautiful Botaurus Stellaris, Great composition and sharp picture very well done and excellent details.

Evet , şimdide sağ kanat tamam :)) Buda nefis olmuş , tebrikler .

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-17 12:07]

Hello Mustafa,
This photo of the Bittern is also very good. Details with fantastic patterns, colours and DOF are excellent. Good pose and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-17 12:18]

Hi . Just marking this good picture for now as i am still at work.

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  • meo Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 121] (759)
  • [2008-01-17 13:42]

Uçarda böyle detay gerçekten etkileyici.
Elinize sağlık.

Dr hızına yetişemiyorum. balaban gibi havalandın gidiyorsun. bugün msn yi de çökerttim. görüşemedik. eline sağlık, güzel çekim.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-01-18 3:13]

Bonjour Mustafa,

Superbe prise. Bravo pour la pose de l'oiseau et les détails du plumage.

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-18 6:47]

Beautiful picture of this bittern. Good composition and sharpness. Very nice

Merhaba Mustafa, fokusu tam olmus, super detaylar, mukemmel netlik, kompozisyon cok guzel ayarlamisin tebrikler Selamlar Necip

Hello Mustafa,

Wow! It is not everyday that we can see a splendid bittern in flight like this one! You got a great POV and, with a speed of 1/2000s, you perfectly froze the wings...

The only thing is that you put a little bit too much sharpness on the picture (visible by the thin white line around the head)...

But this image is really impressive!

Great shot and TFS!


Bellissima foto!!! Bravissimo! Ottimi colori e definizione!

Grazie, ciao, Emanuele

Çok iyi tür ve nefis bir fotoğraf.
Tebrikler Mustafa bey.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-21 13:03]

Hello Mustafa,
I missed this great in-flight shot of a Bittern. The POV sharply showing the wing pattern and the lighting are great. The Bittern is not an easy bird to photograph, though one occasionally has the luck to see it flying. You took the opportunity well and made an excellent capture.
Well done and thanks for sharing this,

There are some in Netherlands. Once, we got -20 celcius for 2 weeks long. This has been so deadly for them. That was the only time I could spot some ... but all dead unfortunately. It is a blessing to spot such a magnificent bird alive. I believe they are very shy. You must be fast to have been able to manage such a capture.

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  • saim Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 11] (68)
  • [2008-02-15 12:08]

Merhaba Mustafa,
Balabanı, balaban gibi fotoğraflamışsın. Ellerine sağlık. Sevgi ve selamlarımla.

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  • eli (28)
  • [2008-03-20 7:45]

Gordugum en guzel Balaban fotosu Mustafa Bey.
Elinize saglik

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-04-30 0:24]

Merhaba Mustafa,
Muhteşem bir Balaban karesine imza atmışsınız. Netlik renkler ve tüm detaylar gözalıcı. Elinize sağlık. Hüseyin

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-04-30 14:30]

Excellent in-flight capture of this rare bird. Exceptional sharpness and catchlight in eye. I loved the position of the bird with talons so visible and sharp.

great capture, tFS Ori

Hello Mustafa,
Excellent picture of this beautifull bird.Very sharp with nice color ang light.It is realy a great shot,

Çok güzel bir uçar fotoğrafı olmuş.Sanırım benim de bir 400mm üzeri telefoto lens alma zamanım geldi...

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-15 8:43]

Merhaba hocam,
Çok net ve çok güzel olmuş. Elinize sağlık. her zamanki gibi harika

Mustafa bey cok nefis, dogal ve harika bir goruntu....Sizi tebrik ederim...Ayrica yazdiginiz notlar cok onemli, bu yuzden yaptiginiz meslege ve isinize saygi duyuyorum....EXCELLENT PICTURE. Very good detail. nice colors and perfect composition...Well done...Kind regards, Leyla

Mustafa, beautiful flight shot. Outstanding work. Thanks for commenting on my hummingbird. Have a great weekend. Bill

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Nice bull.I see the Black Sea in Turkey are many birds from Romania.

Ben bu uçuşu hatırlıyorum bir yerlerden:)
çok şık, tebrikler mustafa hocam...

Çok güzel kare hocam
elinize sağlık, selamlar

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