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Marsh Harrier (and sad news)

Marsh Harrier (and sad news)
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, RAW ISO 400
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My B.I.F.`s [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-09 10:31
Viewed: 4305
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was shoot over a lake in a Romanian national park.
Important ! Sad news for the nature lovers !

From today hunting is free in Romanian national parks. I`m very disappointed by the peoples who lead us.
I really want that European Union to activate the safeguard clause on environment issues and stop those savages from Romanian parliament. Hunting is a sport for rich peoples with no respect for the nature, exactly the type of peoples in the Romanian parliament.

You can read the news here (translated in English from Romanian using google translator)
SPECIES: Circus Aeruginosus (lat.) // Eurasian Marsh Harrier (en.) // Erete de Stuf (ro.)

COMMENTS: I was walking on the banks of a lake, when I saw about 20 meters from me, this Marsh Harier flying scared out of reeds. He probably saw me before I see it. He flew in the opposite direction. I managed to take a few pictures when he was about 25-30 meters away from me, but he was with this back on me. Just when it was on about 60-80 meters distance I managed to get pictures from a side. This is one of those pictures. It is a 85% crop. Noise reduction applied on background.

Metering Modes: Partial metering
Exposure Compensation (Camera): +0.66
Exposure Compensation (Software): +0.33
Focal Length: 400 mm
AF mode: One-Shot AF
Flash: Off
Support: Handheld

Some info about this lake from Romanian Society of Ornithology site:

Name: Pike Lake (Lake Sacalaia)

Location: Bont Valley, between the villages of Fizesu Gherlii and Sic (county of Cluj).

Surface: area of the lake is approximately 26 ha and the reed area covers about 95 ha (most of it upstream from the lake).

Pike Lake, together with the surrounding reed beds consists in a characteristic wetland ecosystem that covers approximately 120 ha.

Description: the lake is formed on an old collapsed salt mine, and in the earlier years, when water first accumulated, the lake was salty. In time, as sediments of plants and soil gathered in the lake, the salinity level dropped dramatically. In the winter, from December until March, the lake is covered by ice almost 50 cm thick.

Pike Lake has three main characteristics:

* It is the only natural lake in Transylvania that has not been subject to significant human negative influences and over the years the lake's natural beauty has remained well preserved;
* It is the deepest fresh-water natural lake in the Transylvania Plain, reaching depths of about 10 m;
* It is the only lake in the Transylvania Plain area that has reed floating islands like those found in the Danube Delta

* at county level , in 1966, a surface of 26 ha including one third of the lake was declared Nature Reserve by the Executive Comitee of The People's Council of Cluj (document 244/1966); later, in 1994, the surface of the protected area has been extended to 140 ha by the County Council of Cluj (Decision No. 147/15.11.1994);
* at national level , the protected area covers 26 ha (registration no. 2.332, Law no. 5/2000, published in the Official Gazette of Romania no. 152/12.04.2000, Part I).

Permitted activities: sport fishing, since the lake has a large population of pike ( Esox lucius ); birdwatching, camping.

Forbidden: Hunting is forbidden in the Nature Reserve as well as in the surrounding area; other forbidden activities: net fishing, throwing garbage outside the designated areas, collecting bird eggs and disturbing nest areas, lighting fires outside the designated areas.

more info here:

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-10-09 10:44]

O fotografie reusita, dar vestile transmise sunt intr adevar triste!Este vina noastra, ca nu ne am unit fortele contra acestei initiative!Inainte de alegeri totul este posibil, dar acest lucru este stiut.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-09 11:08]

Hello Anghel,
This really is a shame! I hope the protests come from all over the world.
Beautiful photo of this Marsh Harrier in beautiful colours and great sharpness.

Dear Anghel... Hurting over the sad treatment of animals as you are, you will be happy to know that our Creator, who is also the Creator of the animals, has promised to 'bring to ruin those ruining the earth' (Revelation 11:18). Check out the exciting and comforting information on this subject at: http://www.watchtower.org/e/19970708/article_03.htm
Best Wishes!- Karen

Trista veste, nu stiam ca dobi....pardon, nu se scriu cuvinte urate pe site.
In rest, fotografia e super...Bravo

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