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Hypocolius ampelinus - Hurmayiyen

Hypocolius ampelinus - Hurmayiyen
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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: 2013-01-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 II, SanDisk 16GB 600x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-09 17:23
Viewed: 4062
Points: 44
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Hello my friend
In my last post, Bombycilla garrulus, I already noted that I would be in Oman trip and I would look for Grey Hypocolius.
My close friends, Dr. Mehmet Ali Öktem and Dr. Mustafa Sözen and also me arrived to Oman via Bahrain on early morning of January 17th, 2013. We drove from Muscat to Salalah, Masirah Island and al-Buraimi for 4950 km.
We made some scientific observations and also saw c. 185 bird species like several butterflies and reptiles until February 1st, 2013.
One of them is Hypocolius ampelinus - Hurmayiyen [TR], Grey Hypocolius [EN]. This bird is one of dream species for many birdwatchers and of course for me. It is single species of own family HYPOCOLIIDAE. It was also formerly included into the BOMBYCILLIDAE. This very shy bird lives in Iran-Irak border and several localities in Afghanistan, Turkmenistan. In winter, it is seen in Bahrain, India, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudia Arabia, UAE and rarely Oman.
This bird on the shot was an adult male, with dark face mask which absent on face of females.
This post is dedicated to my friend Ram Thakur from India. I hope you will like it Mr. Ram, as like ones from Riyadh.

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很清晰的鳥 長的很美麗
照的也很清楚 真是美麗

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-09 19:48]

Hello neighbor,
A stunning image indeed!!! Absolutely awesome detail and exposure. It's plumage appears so sleek and well groomed and the face mask gives it that mysterious look. It would be hard to improve on a shot like this. Well done!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-09 22:53]

Merhaba Ahmet dostum,
A real beauty!
The Grey Hypocolius is always a target bird for birdwatchers travelling to Oman from Sweden, though I am now too old to take such a trip.
Excellent pose, POV, colours, sharpness and composition with the acacia branches.
Tesekkür dostum,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-02-09 23:55]

excellent closeup of the beautiful species. good work. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-10 0:52]

Hello Ahmet,
What a fantastic photo of this very special species. Superb sharpness, details and a great pose. Taken from very good POV in a marvellous composition.

Dear Ahmet
As usual technically perfect: compo, exposure, catchlight
But above all vey nice light and bg

Hello Ahmet,
Technique parfaite, très belle capture. Bravo !
Best regards.

Hi Ahmet,

Very nice portrait of this beautiful bird! Very good sharpness and good control of the light!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-10 2:50]

Hi Ahmet,beautiful specie,rare to see on TN,and magnificent capture,top quality of details and colors as usual and perfect exposure too,the composition is very very nice! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi, Ahmet
I can only add to the comments already posted by saying that this is a beautiful image of the Hypocolius. The late afternoon lighting gives fine side-lighting, and the catch-light, which is so necessary to capture on a bird with a black eye set in black plumage, is just perfect. Focus is perfect too, and the overall result is a lovely, natural and vivid portrait of this elegant bird.
Best wishes, Nigel.

Hello Ahmet,

I didn't know this species, I appreciate a lot your description. I love your photo, especially the sharpness (OK, you have a pretty good gear ...) and the very aesthetic environment.
A rare and precious image.
Tfs, Philippe.

Hallo Ahmet
I am so glad to read that you had a great trip and that all went well. You really must have a very interesting job, to do scientific observations but also have the oppertunity to take great images such as this Hypocolius ampelinus. This surely is a beauty with prominent markings and features that is well seen. I also like the whole setting very much and the thorn tree in which you captured this bird adds to the beauty of this great image. The camerawork is super, with everything just right and a pleasure to look at and admire. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Ahmet,

You're capturing well this bied by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Hypocolius ampelinus with dark face mask and head/back/belly/tail with grey-yellow. It's impressive in a short beak, too. And, the surrounding sprig with small yellow leaf draws out a good effect in this image.

Kind regards,

Ciao Ahmet, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful ambientation, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ahmet
Congratulation on your capture of this beautiful bird. Excellent POV and composition with great colour and sharpness. Very attractive pose with good eye contact.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-02-11 0:13]

Ahmet Bey,Merhaba,
sabah bu güzel kuşu görmek güzel,tebrikler..

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-02-11 9:36]

Hello Ahmet
Nice closed up.Good composition with nice pose from the bird.As usual sharp image with great plumage details.I also like that catch light in the eye.Excellent text also.
TFS Michel

Hello Ahmet
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.

Hello Ahmet,
An outstanding capture with an exceptionally beautiful colours scheme,excellent sharp details and a lovely composition.
TFS and my regards,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-02-16 7:23]

Ahmet bey selamlar,
Çok alımlı bir kuş ..
Güzel açıdan, renkler ve detaylar oldukça güzel.
İyi bir haftasonu, dileklerimle,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-02-16 17:23]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet
such a wonderful capture of this bird in good light, sharpness and splendid natural surroundings.
The bird posed so pretty and the plumage and vies is so attractive.
Excellent presentation.


amazing capture of this unique bird, saw it only once in S Israel, greetings Ori

Detaylar mükemmel, Özel bir tür,
Elinize sağlık hocam.

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