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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: 2009-07-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-18 5:44
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Peregrine ( Young )
Lat : Falco peregrinus brookei ( Middle east and Mediterranean subspecies )
Tur : Gök doğan

The Peregrine Falcon has a body length of 34 to 58 centimetres (13–23 in) and a wingspan of around 80 to 120 centimetres (31–47 in). The male and female have similar markings and plumage, but as in many birds of prey the Peregrine Falcon displays marked reverse sexual dimorphism in size, with the female measuring up to 30 percent larger than the male. Males weigh 440–750 g, and the noticeably larger females weigh 910–1500 g; for variation in weight between subspecies, see under that section below.

The back and long, pointed wings of the adult are usually bluish black to slate gray with indistinct darker barring (see "Subspecies" below); the wingtips are black. The underparts are white to rusty and barred with thin clean bands of dark brown or black. The tail, colored like the back but with thin clean bars, is long, narrow and rounded at the end with a black tip and a white band at the very end. The top of the head and a "mustache" along the cheeks are black, contrasting sharply with the pale sides of the neck and white throat. The cere is yellow, as are the feet, and the beak and claws are black. The upper beak is notched near the tip, an adaptation which enables falcons to kill prey by severing the spinal column at the neck. The immature bird is much browner with streaked, rather than barred, underparts, and has a pale bluish cere.
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-18 6:13]

Hello Akif
All I can say is Excellent!
Regards and have a nice week-end.

Bunu sanırım FKde de görmüştüm Akif hocam..
harika olmuş..ellerinize sağlık..

Excellent clear capture of this wonderful bird of prey! :-) great composition and pov with terrific details, love the pose
and the lichen-covered tree. some years ago a pair of peregrine falcons was deployed on purpose here at the cologne cathedral to
keep the pigeons away, unfortunately i never saw one of them flying around. great job & best wishes, thor.

Merhaba Akif,

Harika bir kompozisyon eşliğinde güzel bir fotoğraf. İnsanlık tarihi boyunca yırtıcı kuşların asalet, güç ve estetiğin simgesi olarak görülmesi boşuna değil demek ki.Bu güzel fotoğrafta bu durum gayet iyi anlaşılıyor. Eline ve emeğine sağlık.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-18 12:28]

Hi Akif. This isa bird i would like to see. I like the pose on the tree top with the bird looking around. The detail and markings in the back feathers is first class as with the natural colours. The beak has a blue colour to it. well done TFs.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-07-18 13:42]

Nefis olmuş elelrine sağlık.

Akih Hocam,
Harika bir tür ve enfes bir fotoğraf.
İnanın her türlü övgüyü hak ediyor.
Bu kareyi yorumlayacak kelime şu an bulamıyorum.
Ellerinize sağlık...

Gökleri Ferrarisini nefis fotoğraflamışsın...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-24 11:31]

Hello Akif,
I was a couple of days on a holiday, so I had missed this beauty. The colours in this photo are amazing. The light on the Peregrine Falcon and the tree against the dark BG is so beautiful! The sharp details, pose, composition and eye-contact are all fantastic.

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