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Big Prey

Big Prey
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Copyright: Akif Aykurt (Raptorman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 649 W: 11 N: 1065] (10388)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-16
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): posts with a difference [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-16 12:20
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Favorites: 5 [view]
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A Sparrowhawk ( Accipiter nisus ) hunting on large flock of starlings ( Sturnus vulgaris ) , you can see sparrowhawk above the flock ,
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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-16 12:24]

Wow, this is one of the most impressive pictures I have ever seen on TN. Superbly (is that even a word?) captured. Well done! I can see some jpeg compression artefacts, but I bet those are not in the original.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-16 12:59]

Hello Akif,
Great nature in action capture, flocks are for safety in numbers, did this hawk make a kill as he made a dive into the flock. Thanks for sharing this moment with us, Rick

Merhaba Akif Bey.
Mükemmel bir "tam da o an" karesi. Elinize sağlık çok başarılı bir çekimi bizimle paylaşmışsınız. Küçük halini görünce açıkçası çekirge sürüsü zannettim ama büyütünce bu muhteşem eseri gördüm.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-16 14:18]

Hello Akif,

It's a very interesting contribution illustrating the beahviour of raptors and their prey. I like very much the moment in which half of the flock of starklings is snurkling down to avoid the predator.
Great job,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-16 14:27]
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Merhaba Akif... una impresionante imagen, personalmente nunca había visto una escena así tan dramática.
Excelente captura con agudeza a pesar de la altura en la que ocurre.
Qué lente utilizaste con tu Canon para este disparo?
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Merhaba Akif... an impressive image, personally I had never seen this way a scene so dramatic.
Excellent capture with sharpness in spite of the height in which happens.
What lens did you use with your Canon for this shot?.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

amazing capture, TFS this outstanding pic, Ori

Hello Akif,

A very impressive picture! I had never seen such a photo on TN before! It must have been amazing to whitness such an extraordinary defensive behavior live. And you've managed to capture it perfectly. It shows clearly how the little starlings group to create the illusion of a much larger animal and confuse the hawk. The composition is great and simple and the clear sky makes an ideal background. I love the way you isolated the hawk from the flock making them look like two different entities. It is useless to speak about sharpness, color and exposure since you proved great skills in handling them. The dark frame compliments the shot very well! In my oppinion, this shot could easily be a winner in a photo contest! Congratulations for this outstanding picture!

Best Regards,

Akif Bey Merhaba, geçen yıl bbcnin doğal yaşam fotoğraf yarışmasını kazanan fotoğrafın bir benzerini çekmişsiniz(orada yanlış hatırlamıyorsam başrolde gökdoğan vardı), yürekten kutlarım

Interesante imagen Akif. Buenos colores y detalles.
Saludos. TFS.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2006-12-17 1:32]

Hi Akif,
Nice scene of a hunt.You are a very lucky witness to this amazing event.
A similar subject won Manuel Presti the Overall wildlife photographer of the year award 2005 by Natural History museum & BBC .
Badruddin Ali

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-17 2:44]

Hi Akif,
What an action capture! Very neat and well visible image that shows the best moment in the flock.
TFS, José M.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-17 3:20]

Merhaba Akif bey,
oluşumu ve görüntlenmesi yönüyle çok etkili bir kompozisyon. Elinize emeğinize sağlık.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-17 3:26]

That is an outstanding shot, Akif.
Very unusual and well presented.
I like your POV. Very dynamic.
A wonderful scene.
TFS. : )

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2006-12-17 10:15]

you really did it! This an extremely furtive moment you captured so well. That must be an absolute unique photograph. And all is perfect, from POV to sharpness to dramatics. Great!
Cheers, Dietrich

Stunning! It even shows how the lead starlings are folding their wings and diving away from the danger. You can sense the predatory hunger of the hawk, the milling panic and confusion in the upper half of the starling flock and the terrified burst of speed giving the leaders direction. Great capture!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-12-18 2:08]

Merhaba Akif Bey,
Haftasonu giremedigim icin simdi gordum fotografinizi. Harika bir fotograf olmus,cok ilginc bir ani nefis bir kompozisyonla goruntulemissiniz. Tebrik ederim.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2006-12-18 14:17]

Elinize sağlık, ender bulunur bir sahne ve sürü halinde uçuşta bir akrobat olan sığırcığı güzel yansıtmışsınız.

Merhaba Akif,
harika bir "an" karesi olmuş.Süper yakalamışsınız.Elinize sağlık.


An amazing scene! You were certainly in the right place at the right time! Excellent composition.
As sAner mentioned, the file quality is quite poor. I noticed that the file size is only 46kb, you are allowed up to 200kb on TN. You should try saving the file again at a higher quality (less compression) which will improve the quality a lot.

Wow an amazing capture very well composed and nice detail considering the size of the submit I would enter this for competitions ellerine saglik tebrikler selamlar Necip.

Such amazing luck to have seen it happen while having an excellent camera to record it. Beautiful composition of such a fleeting event.

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  • Yaban (155)
  • [2007-03-08 16:24]

Çok güzel bir fotoğraf çok beğendim.

This is a truly fantastic shot, I love the way you've captured the movement here. Well done!

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  • DRAGO (12)
  • [2007-04-05 17:54]

Akif hi,that's one of the scenes that i'm always searching when looking at the sky!Perfect catch of the moment with balanced light and excellent sharpening!TFS

Süpeeer olmuş hocam yaww...
Eline saglik, tam zamaninda yakalamissin olayi...
Gorusmek uzere,

Una foto impresionante!!!, muy buen documento sobre comportamiento animal

Hello Akif,

Wow,you were in the right place at the right time! Excellent composition. An amazing scene.
Nice colours. Regards and TFS Bob

Selam Akif;bu kareye hayran kaldım,önce arı kümesi zannettim,sonra uzun uzun seyrettim,bravo.....

Merhaba Akif. Amazing shot. Reminds me of the saying: united we stand, divided we fall. great moment of tension, fear, expectation. Well seen and captured. Selamlar. Klaudio.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-22 1:38]

Hi Akif,
such an excellent shot of nature in action.
superbs presentation and it should be fully appreciated of such shot. Seldom seen and you are given such a great moment to share with the rest.
Brilliant shot.


fazla söze gerek yok Eddie çok güzel özetlemiş

Akif bey ;

Super otesi bir foto ve kompozisyon ve odullu " sky chase " den daha net,canli ve etkileyici.

Dear Akif
A brilliant ACTION-SHOT:

The sudden change of direction by a flock of starlings - still keeping together as tighly as possible - an individual bird's risk much greater to become the next meal!

You REALLY were "on the ball" to focus, get exposure, while pointing your lens agains the sky, and click to get the action!

Well done.

Greetings from South Africa

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